United States Agency for International Development pledges $120 million for 120 schools

Karachi, July 21, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Government was giving special attention to social sector, particularly health and education, water management and energy. “The people of Sindh are very thankful to the American government for extending helping hand to Sindh government to provide them most modern health facilities and good education.”

This he said while talking to US Consul General Mr Brain Heath, new political/Economic chief in consulate Mr Edward Burkhalter and outgoing political/Economic Mr Chad Peterson who called on him here at CM House today. The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo.

The consul general and the chief minister discussed the matters pertaining to Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences so that it could be made one of the best hospital of the country. The state of art building of the JIMS has been constructed with the $20 million USAID. The hospital has started functioning but only recruitment of specialists (doctors) is to be made.

The chief minister told the consul general that selection of doctors, para-medical staff and specialists. The issuance of offer letters are in the pipeline. He directed Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar to personally go to Jacobabad and issue offer letter within next two day.

The chief minister constituted a working group comprising Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Political/Economic Chief of US Consulate Mr Edward Burkhalter to improve the performance of the hospital so that it provide timely, prompt and most modern health services to the people of Northern areas of Sindh, adjoining areas of Balochistan and Punjab upto Southern Punjab.

The JIMS is a 133 bed hospital fully equipped with latest equipments. The Consul General, Mr Braiin Heath also discussed Sindh Municipal Services delivery Programme (MSDP) and Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP). Under the USAID funded MSDP improvement of municipal infrastructure, water supply, sanitation and solid waste management in six selected town of the province with $66 million USAID contribution as grant.

In the first phase Jacobabad town has been taken up by USAID for municipal infrastructure up-gradation at an estimated cost of $35 million. The water supply scheme in Jacobabad for $20 million is in progress and would be completed by June 2017. The chief minister said that this would be a great contribution of the US government for the people of Sindh, particularly of Jacobabad. It may be noted that USAID has pledged $165 million grant for Sindh Basic Education Programme under which 120 schools would be constructed all over Sindh.

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