Final fate of JPMC, NICH and NICVD’s future set up remains uncertain?


Final fate of JPMC, NICH and NICVD’s
future set up remains uncertain?

KARACHI: Federal Government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Provincial Government of Sindh lead by Pakistan People’s Party have not yet resolved their differences over the future set up and administrative control of three premier tertiary care institutions in Karachi. These include the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center which now also houses the Jinnah Sindh Medical University, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and National Institute of Child Health. If the rulers in Pakistan miserably failed to protect the country founded by Father of the Nation and his colleagues, they have also failed to protect and preserve the institution named after him.

First the battles were fought in the courts starting from Sindh High Court and then Supreme Court of Pakistan which gave a split decision. However, it still remains to be implemented in letter and spirit. Perhaps the federal government is also not interested to take over this responsibility. The result is that for the last many years, there have been no new inductions in the faculty, no promotions, most of the senior faculty members have retired and it has seriously affected the teaching, training, patient care as well as the future development and expansion. Patients Aid Foundation has played a vital role in maintaining the service at JPMC by generating funds through donations and also continued some expansion work in different areas. Similarly Sindh Government has also provided some funding to NICVD which has emerged as one of the leading cardiac care facility in the country but no one is certain about its future even today. It is high time that federal and provincial government finally settle this issue one way or the other and let these institutions develop further. Let us not ruin them to such an extent that it becomes difficult to sustain them in the days to come.

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