Cheif Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Alo Shah inaugurated a state-of-the-art Jacobabad Institute of Medical Science JIMS which has been completed at the cost of Rs. 2.5 billion under USAID Programme. The ceremony was also addressed by USA Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. David Hale; addressing the ceremony, the CM said that people and the USA government had played a vital and laudable role in the socio-economic uplift of the province and the people of the Sindh were indeed grateful to them for their generous contribution towards education, health and poverty alleviation sectors. The CM said that currently, 130 impressive school buildings were being constructed across the Province under USAID Programme. The JMPS, the CM said, would provided modern health facilities not only to the people of Sindh but also to the people of some highly backward areas of Balochistan.
The CM said that present government had enhanced budget allocation for health and education by over 100 percent since 2008, adding that in the current financial year, an amount of Rs. 11 billion was being spent for health sector.
USA ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. David Hale in his address informed the audience that this state-of-the-art facility at preliminary stage would provide modern health facilities to about 800 patients on daily basis and this capacity would be expended later on.
He said that this project was announced by the then USA ambassador to Pakistan back in 2010 when she visited Jacobabad which was badly damaged by super flood and rains; the envoy said that JIMS would serve as a source of sincere and durable friendship between the people and government of Pakistan and the United States. He said that USA was committed to provide improved facilities in environment, sanitation, portable waters and other highly significant sector.
The ceremony was attended among others by Provincial Ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Mir Mumtaz Jakhrani, elected representatives, notables and senior government officials.