Rs 43bn for healthcare, welfare

KARACHI: Sindh Government has increased the budget for health by 20 percent as the allocation has been surged to Rs 43.583 billion for this sector. The government has allocated Rs 6.2 billion for establishment of new OPD complex at Civil Hospital Karachi. The provincial government has also announced a grant of Rs 2 billion to Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT). The Indus Hospital will receive a grant of Rs 300 million in the current financial year. The government decided to establish 500-bed teaching hospital at LUMHS Jamshoro. It also planned to construct 400-bed hospital at NIPA Chowrangi Karachi at the cost of RS 1.7 billion.The Peoples’ Primary Health Care Initiatives program will have healthy allocation of Rs 2.379 billion in the coming financial year. Out of this allocation, Rs 489.30 million is for 458 Mother and Child Healthcare Centres and Rs 1.89 billion for management of primary health facilities. The government has planned to convert 100 Basic Health Units (BHUs) into BHU Plus, which will operate round the clock.The provincial government has planned to set up various project of health under foreign assistance in various cities of Sindh.The government has planned to establish a Child Health Care institute at Sukkur with Korean loan of $46 million. It will construct 133-bed Jacoabad institute of Medical Science JIMS with USAID grant.The government announced to launch a nutrition support program in nine districts of Sindh with loan of Rs 3.96 billion.The budget for purchase of drugs and medicines is being increased by 35 percent for another medical supplies by 166 percent for maintenance and repair of major hospital by 600 percent and for POL and for generators by 70 percent.An amount of Rs 1.76 billion has been kept in next year ADP with a target to increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 30 percent to 45 percent in three years time.

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