CM Murad launches first-ever Sindh Infectious Disease Hospital & Research Center at NIPA

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here on Sunday inaugurated newly established 200-bed Sindh Infectious Diseases Hospital that would start formal operation with 54 beds and within next six weeks and it would work at 200-bed capacity.

“I am upgrading its status as Research Centers so that necessary research in the Coronavirus and such other diseases can be undertaken, therefore now its name will be Sindh Infectious Diseases Hospital & Research Centre,” he said at Sindh Infectious Diseases Hospital & Research Centre, NIPA which he inaugurated, said a statement.

He was accompanied by Provincial Minister Health Dr Azra, Provincial Minister Information Nasir Shah.

The 400-bed hospital has been constructed at Rs 1736.359 million at NIPA. After the pandemic,  Syed Murad Ali Shah decided to convert it into an Infectious Disease hospital. He released a special assistance to health department so that the hospital could be made operational.

Taking personal interest, the chief minister visited the incomplete structure of the hospital thrice within two months and got its Block A & B completed. The Block-C, ground plus five, is yet to be completed.

Syed Murad Ali Shah handed over the task of execution and management to Dow University of Health Sciences.

The vice chancellor Dow University, Prof Saeed Qureshi personally got all the hospital equipment installed to make it functional.

In the first phase, 200-bed hospitals housed in Block-A and B have been completed with a special grant released to the Dow University to functionalize it on the most urgent basis.

At present, the works of Ground and First floor of Block A & B is complete and has been inaugurated by Sindh Chief Minister with his visit Sunday. The work includes the HVAC system which is based upon the principles required for any modern infectious diseases hospital. - APP