A US Consulate statement on Friday said that the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $18 million to build the 133-bed hospital complex and supply it with medical equipment and a solar energy system.
It said that the Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, US Consul General in Karachi, Brian Heath, and USAID Pakistan Mission Director, John Groarke attended the ceremony.
`The Sindh government and Department of Health have been excellent partners on this project from the very beginning’, said Ambassador Hale.
He said that this state-of-the-art facility will provide high quality medical services to more than one million people each year. It will also serve as a nexus for research and training in the region.
The medical center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment, emergency services, and maternal and child care.
An autonomous board of governors comprised of civil society, legislators, and health professionals oversees the hospital’s management and operations.
The statement further pointed out that the USAID has funded the renovation, expansion, and new construction of several health facilities in Pakistan, including Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Center and the central warehouse for health commodities in Karachi.
While in Jacobabad, Ambassador Hale also visited the construction site of USAID’s $36 million water treatment plant of Sindh Municipal Services Program. When completed, the facility will provide potable
water to more than 250,000 area residents.
Jacobabad Deputy Commissioner Raja Shah Zaman Khuhro briefed the Ambassador on the $1 million USAID project to support sustainable development of new water resources and integrate water hygiene into school curricula.