Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that under the 18th amendment the Sindh government was competent to fix the prices of medicines despite the fact the federal government is still exercising these powers by setting aside the ground reality, plight of the poor people. This he said while addressing the media after Ground Breaking Ceremony of Out-Patient Department (OPD) of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) held recently in Karachi. The Ceremony was attended by Senior Official of Health Department, Trustees of NICVD Welfare Trust and other dignitaries.
He said that it is the prerogative of the provincial government to adopt education and price fixation but even then federal government was adamant to exercise provincial government powers, therefore increasing the prices of medicines is an injustice with poor people.
Chief Minister Sindh further said that NICVD is dispensing great service to ailing humanity. Executive Director, Dr. Nadeem Qamar not only improve the services of NICVD but also embarked new projects for the ailing humanity. He congratulated and praised the efforts of NICVD’s Team for new development including Pediatric Cardio hospital, OPD and 1000-beded hospital.
Earlier, Dr. Nadeem Qamar, Executive Director of NICVD giving presentation said that the revamping plan comprised complete refurbishment of the existing system and services by increasing staff at all levels. He further informed that now, there were 11 Echo machines unit where 250 test are conducted daily. Under the Primary Angioplasty program the NICV has done 2634 cases from May 18 to this date. This shows 10 cases per day last month 1300 surgeries were conducted in the NICVD.
NICVD Welfare Trust chairman Shahid Abdullah also spoke on the occasion and introduced the architects of the projects at the NICVD. He said several pharmaceutical companies had assured that they would financially assist the NICVD in the revamping project.
Later on, a rich tribute was paid to the founding Executive Director, NICVD (late) Prof. Dr. Shaukat Syed.