100-bed children’s hospital inaugurated in Karachi

KARACHI: A 100-bed hospital was inaugurated on Thursday for children under the age of 15

The hospital near Nagan Chowrangi was funded by not-for-profit Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In his speech Health Minister Dr Sikander Ali Mehndro said, “This is a masterpiece. A blessing for children.”

In his speech his highness Ambassador of Japan Mr Takashi Kurai said that In June 2015 the Japanese government through its not-for-profit organization JICA added 100 beds to the Sindh Government Children’s Hospital which had only 100 beds. The construction and installation of equipment was completed at a cost of Rs1.7 billion.

Dr Asif Zaman project director and medical superintendent of SGCH said that the project is now working under a public-private partnership. Its a joint venture between JICA who is primary donor and Poverty Eradication Initiative and Sindh Government

Everyday more than 1000 children from infants to 15 year-olds are coming to the OPD, Dr Zaman said, adding that, the number will be doubled with the addition of 100 beds.

The hospital has capacity of 200 beds, with state of the art nursery and pediatric intensive care unit.

On the other hand Hospital officials claim that equipment and drugs at the hospital have reached its expiry date, wasting crucial resources.

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