KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will inaugurate the first bone marrow transplant unit at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Ojha Campus on Saturday (today).

According to details, The bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit has been the first such health facility at a public hospital in Sindh that will treat the patients of various types of blood cancer.

Earlier this month,Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah ordered the immediate release of Rs 500 million for provincial bone marrow transplantation programme.

Chairing a meeting of the Sindh health department, also attended by minister Dr. Azra Pechuho, Sindh Chief Secretary, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, he said children already registered with the program must be immediately referred to the National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD) or Aga Khan Hospital for the required treatment.

The Sindh CM was informed that 169 child patients were assisted in acquiring needed procedure, which is significantly expensive due to high cost of required gadgets and medication.

He emphasised that qualified transplant surgeons along with well-trained nursing, para-medical and O.T. staff must also be deputed to make the exercise meaningful and actually benefit the patients