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‘Dialysis centre faces threat of closure’

Published Oct 26, 2012 03:58am


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THIS is apropos of the report ‘Dialysis centre faces threat of closure’ (Oct 6) by your correspondent of Naushahro Feroze. It is the country’s second major dialysis centre after the one at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) in Karachi.

However, it is facing the threat of closure due to an inordinate delay in the release of Rs15 million in funds allocated several months back for the district, as well as for Dadu, Khairpur and some other districts. A dialysis facility was extended to over 20 patients a day until a couple of months back.

It was established within the Civil Hospital, Naushahro Feroze, in 2010 with at least 10 dialysis units installed there. It ran two shifts a day. It was providing excellent healthcare services when the finance department continued to release its allocated funds on time.

However, it did not receive any funds for the year 2012-13 for reasons best known to the authorities concerned.

The matter was taken up with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah by the health department when the so-called provincial cabinet held a meeting in Naushahro Feroze on Aug 4.

After discussing all relevant issues with the officials concerned, the chief minister ordered an immediate release of Rs15 million to avoid closure of the centre or any disruption in the delivery of health services there.

The centre also ran out of essential medicines and at one stage it had to obtain small stocks of medicines from Sukkur and Hyderabad stores on credit. The centre’s credit balance has risen up to Rs800,000 and the stores concerned have refused to oblige it anymore.

The citizens appealed to the health and finance department for the release of funds but in vain. They demand that the dialysis centre be connected with SIUT, Karachi, through the satellite system.



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Comments (3) Closed

Syed Ahmed Oct 26, 2012 11:50am
Every thing will close until Pakistan goes bankrupt and the corrupts wearing government?s logo will enjoy life in their bungalows and villas Dubai, Britain, France, US, Canada and else where. You chose them, don?t have guts to throw them out therefore relax and enjoy the finale.
Husain Jan Oct 26, 2012 04:29pm
Very sad indeed, but not surprising at all as the masses are witness to such painful things since long. Who would be held responsible for this type of non-sense ? No one for sure as per practice.
observer Oct 26, 2012 12:05pm
So much potential treatment is wasted by bureaucratic ways of officials. If they give up class system from their minds for one minute and do not cause blocking or slowing down of health related funds, I am sure they will feel a lot of joy and satisfaction inside. Trying is believing.