KARACHI- Chairperson, Sindh Health Care Commission (SHCC), Prof Dr. S Tipu Sultan recently revealed that, about 4500 public and private hospitals have successfully been registered in Sindh, since February 2018; while licensing of health facilities has also begun.
He further added that, SHCC launched throughout the province in February 2018 and will apply on various healthcare establishments (HCEs’), public and private hospitals, non-profit organizations, charitable and trust hospitals, semi-government, and autonomous healthcare organizations.
Date of registrations have further been extended by two months, and licensing of private and public hospitals have started across the province.
Prof Sultan informed everyone that, the purpose of setting up the SHCC is to improve the quality of healthcare services, register and license all healthcare establishments, ensure clinical governance, entertain complaints related to healthcare service delivery and ban quackery in the province. SHCC is empowered to enquire and investigate into maladministration, malpractice and failures in the province of healthcare services.
SHCC is also said to be introducing a smartphone based application to fight the menace of quackery, in collaboration with Authentic- a private concern.
He further added that, the complaint cell of SHCC ha resolved 18 health related complains, while 04 are pending, that would be settled very soon.
He also added that the Provincial Minister of Health , Dr. Azra Pechuho, through a circular has directed the heads of rural health centres (RHCs), basic health units (BHUs), primary healthcare centres and other public hospitals to get their health facilities registered from SHCC. The District Health Officers have also been instructed to accelerate the registration process of health facilities of Sindh.