Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Body formed to monitor private hospitals, keep check on quacks

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Saaghir Ahmed told the Sindh Assembly (SA) on Tuesday that a regularity authority has been formed to monitor private hospitals and to keep a check on quacks, that play with precious lives of the common man, adding that a draft had already been sent to the Sindh Assembly and the cabinet in this regard. The minister said this while answering a question raised by Muttahidda Qaumi Movement’s Bilqees Mukhtar during a point of order. She informed the assembly members that strict action should be taken against those quacks who have opened hospitals everywhere.
Ahmed, while replying to Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, said that the government is trying to provide the Anti Rabies Vaccine even to remote areas.Monitoring Committee: Replying to another issue pertaining to private schools and public ghost schools raised by Mukhtar, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq informed the house that a monitoring committee would be setup for private educational institutions. “Around 2,500 schools have been re-opened within the last six months and the remaining 5,000 schools will be re-opened soon. About 1,300 teachers will also be appointed according to the standards of the World Bank,” said Haq. Haq and PPP’s Humaira Alwani said that the present government’s priority is to provide education to the people and appropriate steps are being taken in this regard. Haq said that constant complaints are received by the ministry regarding private schools’ reputation hence, Sindh Assembly members and the common man should inform the private schools director so concrete steps can be taken in this regard. He also said that ‘ghost teachers’ have been given notices to perform their duties within the next 15 days or they will be terminated.Provision of female advocates:
The Sindh government is providing assistance to female prisoners through female advocates, some of whom have been hired by the government, said Sindh Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro while replying to Shama Mithani on a point of order. Soomro also said that female advocates are giving their services voluntarily and the members of the house should also name those female advocates especially adept on crime.Excess availability of fertiliser:
Currently, there is no shortage of fertiliser in Sindh and distributors are making false claims regarding the scarcity of urea. However, the officials of the departments concerned are taking stern actions against these distributors in their respective areas, said Sindh Agriculture Minister Ali Nawaz Shah. Shah, replying to Abbasi’s issue regarding the current shortage of urea in the province, said that some of the distributors making false claims have been fined and arrested by the government.

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