KARACHI: Sindh Government has released grant of Rs394million for purchase of medicines and improvement of infrastructure for the healthcare facilities run by Medical & Health Services Department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), it was learned on Friday.

Sources at Medical & Health Services Department (KMC) told PPI the Chief Minister Sindh has released a special grant of Rs394million for expenditures of hospitals.

The Sindh government grant would be utilised for purchase of drugs, provision of diagnostic facilities, and new projects.

Sources said Rs177million would be utilized for purchase of medicines and provision diagnostic facilities while Rs217million would be spent on improvement of infrastructure.

Sources further informed that Director Medical & Health Services (KMC) held a meeting with heads or medical superintendents of KMC hospitals and directed them improve health delivery system in their respective health facilities.

Senior Director Medical & Health Services of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Dr. Birbal Genani, while talking to PPI, confirmed the release of grant for KMC hospital by Sindh Government.

He informed that tenders for purchase of medicines and new projects would be issued soon.

The shortage of funds with the country’s largest municipality had badly affected its health delivery system. The number of patients to the KMC’s hospitals, including the tertiary facility of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, had declined in last five years due to unavailability of drugs and diagnostic facilities.