BAHAWALPUR: The provincial government has released Rs1.6 billion for various Health Department projects in Bahawalpur division, a meeting to review progress on the projects was told on Wednesday.
The projects for which funds were released included tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospitals in Fort Abbas, Chistian, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Hasilpur and Ahmadpur East. The meeting, chaired by Bahawalpur Division Commissioner Saqib Zafar, was told that Rs660 million had been spent so far and the remaining amount would be used for procurement of machinery during the current month.
Of this amount, Rs200 million would be spent on installation of latest machinery at the Bahawal Victoria Hospital. Installation work is expected to be completed by June 15.
Construction work at a Thalassemia and a Cardiology Ward, four operation theatres and an Intensive Care Unit was in the final phase and was expected to be completed by June end.
The Health Department has also sought bids from companies for construction of a medical college in the city. The meeting was told that Rs300 million had been approved for the project. The meeting also reviewed attendance of medical staff and availability of medicine stock at hospitals. It was decided that all vacancies of doctors would be filled without any delay.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2015.
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