The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday approved two projects worth Rs11.6 billion and gave concept clearance to two other proposals.

Two projects related to healthcare were presented in a CDWP meeting, chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan. One scheme titled “Establishment of 250-bed Mother and Child Hospital in Sialkot, Punjab” worth Rs4.97 billion was approved by the committee.

The objective of the project is to enhance access to quality maternity care for the citizens of Sialkot and its surrounding areas, ensure provision of satisfactory antenatal, natal and post-natal services, provide highly qualified consultants from the disciplines of obstetrics, gynaecology, pediatrics and neonatology.

Moreover, the project is also aimed at providing family planning counselling and services for effective population planning. The second project was titled “Establishment of Child Health Care Institute Sukkur” worth Rs6.55 billion.

The project envisages accessible healthcare for children of northern Sindh, adjoining districts and border areas of other provinces through a proposed facility of 200 indoor beds, OPD with specialised diagnostic and surgical services.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2021.

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