HYDERABAD - Sindh Chief Secretary Siddique Memon has said the provincial government was taking steps to address the health issues.

Addressing a press conference in Liaquat University Hospital (LUH) here Sunday, Memon said health was among the top three priorities besides education and local government. Memon told that a special grant of Rs100 million was being provided to the LUH and another Rs50 million would be provided to meet the LUH’s development requirements. He said the Eye Hospital had been separated from the LUH adding that the hospital would be given a separate budget.

Responding to a query, he said that 10 new district headquarters hospitals (DHQs) and taluka headquarters hospitals (THQs) were being established in the province and also thanked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for funding 6 hospitals of Sindh.

When asked about the inactive trauma center in Hyderabad which was inaugurated in 2009, the chief secretary said he would investigate the cause of delay and would address the same.

To another query about a dearth of trauma centers on the highways, Memon said the government had initiated a study to select locations, adding that establishment of the trauma centers would follow.

Talking about the local government, chief secretary informed that the meeting of Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) would be held within 20 days that would approve funds for each of the LG body on the basis of population, backwardness and revenue generation.

The Chief Secretary said that he would take up the matter of problems caused to the motorists on the highway between Karachi and Hyderabad due to construction of M9 Motorway in an upcoming meeting with National Highway Authority.

On the occasion, the Medical Superintendent of LUH Dr Wajid Memon and Deputy Commissioner Muatassam Abbassi were also present.