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Sindh cabinet approves plan to take over four KMC hospitals

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet on Saturday approved an amendment in the police rules and handing over of four hospitals of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to the provincial health department.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a five-hour-long cabinet meeting and took important decisions including procurement of security featured number plates for vehicles and reduced cotton fee from Rs20 to Rs10 per 100kg.

The cabinet approved a proposal to take over four KMC hospitals — Gizri Maternity Hospital, Sobhraj Maternity Hospital, Gazdarabad General Hospital in district South and Landhi Medical Complex in district Korangi — along with their staff and hand them over to the Sindh health department.

The KMC spends around Rs800 million on the operation of these health facilities but due to financial issues it could not operate them properly. The KMC could not even pay salaries to the employees. With its consent, the Sindh government took over the health facilities.

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