KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, brushing aside rumours of a reshuffle in the provincial cabinet, said that his cabinet was still incomplete and it might be reshuffled once it is complete.
He expressed these views while talking to the media on Friday after the inauguration of the Paediatric Complex at Indus Hospital where he was accompanied by his Adviser on Information, Barrister Murtaza Wahab.
In response to a question, Shah said that there was no proposal to reshuffle the cabinet. "My cabinet is still incomplete. Therefore, reshuffling is out of the question, however it can be reshuffled once more ministers are inducted," he said.
Replying to another question about the governor's statement regarding division of Sindh, Shah said that it was an unreasonable statement and he shouldn't have said it.
The CM said that he has not received the Supreme Court's order entrusting him with the removal of encroachments. "I have read tickers on news channels. Let the order come in and then I'll be in a position to comment on it," he said.
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Shah said that the Sindh Solid Waste Management Authority (SSWMA) has been given clear directive to improve cleanliness and sweeping work in South and East districts. "I am also not satisfied with the sweeping work in Malir, therefore the contracting firms have been given notices," he said.
Talking about price hike of fruits, vegetables and other eatables, the CM said that he had activated the divisional administration. "Today is the third Roza and within three days the commissioner has collected Rs6 million in fines from the shopkeepers and stall owners for selling at high prices".
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Paediatric Complex, the CM said, "The Indus Hospital has a special place in my heart for its valuable contribution to the healthcare system of Pakistan".
He said that he was happy to see Indus Hospital evolving into a country-wide healthcare network. He said that it was one of the leading paediatric oncology centres of the country and the state-of-the-art complex, along with other diseases, treats childhood cancer as well.
Congratulating the team for their hard work, Shah pledged to support their vision in his personal and official capacity.
The Indus Hospital is a 300-bed facility out of which 115 beds are dedicated for paediatric services. These include 85 beds for paediatric oncology patients. As of June 2018, almost 9,000 children have been treated for cancer and blood diseases.
Indus Health Network Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdul Bari said that the Indus Hospital was expanding both its services and infrastructure to cater to the ever-increasing number of patients. He was sure, he said, that the Sindh government would continue to support the cause and facilitate them in reaching out to more areas of Sindh.
In 2007, The Indus Hospital started as a 150 bed, state-of-the-art, tertiary healthcare facility providing quality treatment free-of-cost to every patient. After widening its scope of work, the hospital has turned into the Indus Health Network (IHN). The network is focusing on the development and management of various public and private hospitals throughout Pakistan. The network is also carrying out malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis outreach programmes in the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2019.