US CG performs groundbreaking of Maternity WardAugust 17, 2014
KARACHI: US Consul General in Karachi, Michael J Dodman, broke ground on construction of a new 120-bed maternity ward at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $6 million to fund the project.
USAID Acting Provincial Director Dr Randy L Hatfield; Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and incoming US Consul General Karachi Brian Heath attended the ceremony.
“The foundation that we establish here today is only one part of a broad US commitment to expanding access to quality health care for all Pakistanis, especially the people of Sindh,” said Consul General Dodman.
United States has been a long and active partner in upgrading Pakistan’s health care sector. In 1959, Jinnah Hospital and Indiana University launched a Basic Medical Services Institute. “This became the first institution in Pakistan to provide postgraduate medical education,” said USAID Acting Provincial Director Dr. Randy L. Hatfield. USAID also funded construction of a $3.4 million obstetrics/gynaecology (Ob/Gyn) ward at JPMC, which U.S. Ambassador Mr. Richard G. Olson inaugurated in December 2012. Dr. Hatfield also had words of praise for USAID’s partner: Izhar Construction.
USAID’s $387 million Maternal and Child Health Program — based mostly in Sindh — is saving women’s and children’s lives. It improves and enhances the quality and availability of key family planning and reproductive health as well as maternal, neonatal, and child health services.