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Sindh earmarks Rs206.98bn for health sector

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KARACHI: As many as Rs 206.98 billion have been allocated for the overall health sector in Sindh in the budget 2022-23 against last year’s Rs 181.22 billion during fiscal year 2021-22.

The CM congratulated and appreciated all healthcare workers for responding very effectively to the alarming situation arising out of COVID -19 Pandemic.

Highlighting the efforts that have been made by the Sindh government, Murad Ali Shah said that 81 isolation centers were established with 8,666 bedded capacity and flag bearer 178 bedded ‘Sindh Infectious Diseases Control Hospital & Research Center at NIPA, Karachi were started, 50 bedded hospital at Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi’ were established.

Besides, more than 400 ICU beds with ventilators in 32 health facilities and 1,146 HDU beds in 35 health facilities were made functional across the province. This included establishment of 102 ICU beds in 13 DHQ Hospitals and 10 bedded ICU in 06 DHQ hospitals. The laboratories for testing of patients at Dr. Ruth K.M. Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Ojha Institute of Chest Disease Karachi, Ghulam Muhammad Maher Medical College Hospital Sukkur and Indus Hospital Karachi were also established; Rs 25.738 billion spent on covid-19 related activities during 2020-21, which includes Health Risk Allowance, salaries of contract employees, ILR PCR Kits (Covid-19 test kits) & PPEs, Cold Chain, Major Tertiary Care Hospitals on account of Operation Expenses to Run HDUs & ICUs, PPHL(Provincial Public Health Laboratory) and Procurement of Corona Vaccine, Isolation Center at Expo Center, etc.

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Sindh Food Authority plans massive crackdown against adulterated food items

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority is all set to initiate massive crackdown against selling of tea mixed with chemical milk at chai hotels.

While taking note of the various complaints, the food authority officials launched large-scale inspection of milk and tea shops.

In the first phase, milk and tea leaf samples were collected from more than hundred shops across the city. These inspections have been conducted under the supervision of Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

The samples obtained from the shops have been sent to the laboratory of Karachi University. These samples will be biologically tested to find out the facts.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain said that Ramadan is approaching and we will ensure the sale of pure milk and tea free from adulteration in Ramadan. Sale of adulterated food items will not be allowed.

Strict action will be taken against those who sell adulterated food items as per law.

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Sindh Food Authority keeps vigil on sale/use of substandard tea: DG Agha Fakhar

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority has initiated a robust campaign against the sale of substandard and adulterated tea by keeping an eye on both sellers and wholesalers.

In this regard, the officials of the authority led by Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain visited markets of tea sellers/whole-sellers. Stern action has been initiated against the whole-seller Julia Boserup.

While during the visit, shops were subjected to tests, and inspections were carried out. And, samples of all the tea varieties were also collected for further assessments from all the major wholesalers.

Speaking on the occasion, DG SFA Agha Fakhar Hussain said that the aim of such visits is to check quality of the food items so that consumers may get healthy food items.

He warned all those sellers and whole-sellers who are involved in selling sub-standard food items to avoid such practices otherwise a strict action would be taken against them according to SFA Act.

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Sindh Food Authority to launch Star Rating Program for eateries

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is all set to launch the Star Rating Program in accordance with international standards for eateries operating in the province to ensure that hygienic and healthy food is served to the people of the province.

The star-rating program would be based on the food safety and hygiene of the hotels and restaurants. With the help of the star-rating program, the citizens will be enjoying safe, hygienic and healthy dining experiences and make proper decisions about choosing the right restaurant.

In the beginning, 250 restaurants in all over the Sindh will sign up for the star-based rating system.

Chief Minister Sindh Justice (Rtd.) Maqbool Baqar envisioned the food industry in Sindh to conform safe healthy and hygienic food up to the international standards. This pilot project is part of the vision of the caretaker chief minister, says Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

Agha Fakhar says that this system will help determine the standards of the restaurants, adding that it will instill competition among restaurants for better food quality and other services.

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