Hospital owned by Zardari’s aide gets Rs500m grant


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: As the government hospitals across the Sindh province are in worst conditions due to scarcity of funds the health department of Government of Sindh is going to give Rs500milion to a private hospital of Karachi as a grant, it was reliably learnt here on Tuesday.

Credible sources in the Health Department told this scribe that while ignoring the government hospitals of the province, the Sindh Government of Pakistan People’s Party is going to give a health grant of Rs 500 millions to a private hospital situated in North Nazimabad neighborhood of the city.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the PPP chairman, had pointed towards the worst condition of Sindh health department and cited it as a bad instance of MQM’s governance which has mostly run this department.

However, sources said the preparations are making to give this huge amount to totally private health facility with no social services wing or community services department because of the owner’s association with the ruling party.

The hospital, which is owned by a former federal cabinet member, has two branches where treatment charges are high. When contacted Special Secretary Health Dr Khalid Sheikh said he had no such move into his knowledge. However, Secretary Iqbal Hussain Durrani confirmed that an application had been received for the grant by Chief Minister Secretariat but no summary has been raised in this regards yet.

The health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, who along with his party fellows in the provincial cabinet has sent his resignation to Governor House due to a row between his party MQM and the ruling PPP is totally unaware of any such development.

This paper had unveiled a scandal of housing high influential under trial inmates facing corruption charges and those convicted in corruption case by the Clifton branch of the same hospital. According to a REPORT published in this newspaper, a whole floor has been reserved for those who despite plundering the national wealth can enjoy the luxuries of comfortable rooms of the same health facility by producing fake illness certificates.

Edited version of this story was published here