KARACHI: 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 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.

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Pechuho said the department has developed an in-built mechanism of accountability and professional evaluation of the medical professionals and non-medical professionals associated with the department.