WHO to rebuild 150 Health facilities in 21 districts of Sindh
Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir) The World Health Organization (WHO) will rehabilitate 150 primary healthcare centers in 21 districts of Sindh that were badly damaged in the year 2022 monsoon rains and heavy floods and provide them with the required medical equipment and furniture.
The Health Department of Sindh signed a MoU with the WHO at a signing ceremony held at EOC Sindh on 7th April 20223 on the Occasion of World Health Day 2023.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Palitha Mahipala WHO Representative and Head Of Mission Pakistan; Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho Minister of Health Population Welfare Sindh, Dr. Muhammad Juman Bahoto Director of General Health Service Sindh, Dr. Saqib Shaikh Deputy Director DHS Karachi, Dr. Ahmed Ali Sheikh TFP EOC Sindh, Dr. Sara Salman Head of WHO Sub Office Sindh, and Dr. Asif Zardari WHO Team Lead for Polio.
Under the MoU WHO will rehabilitate a total of 150 health facilities. Whereas, as per the agreement, the provincial health department will ensure the continuity of health services through human resources and ensure supplies from the health system.
In response to recent Floods, WHO has supported the improvement of mother and child health services, nutrition, and Immunization across Sindh. WHO has strengthened 76 labor rooms, 05 Neonatal ICUs, and 05 comprehensive maternal service centers in flood-affected districts of Sindh and has also strengthened and established a total of 45 nutrition stabilization centers in the Sindh province. For the improvement of routine immunization, WHO has supported the refurbishment of 414 EPI centers all over Sindh, 66 of these being refurbished and renovated during 2023 alone.
On this occasion, the Minister of Health Sindh remarked that WHO’s continued support for the flood emergency response and now for the rehabilitation, which has strengthened the health systems and improved service delivery throughout the province.