The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved Establishment of Safe Blood Transfusion Services in ICT with a cost of Rs 528.4 million, recommended Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV worth Rs 191.195 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration.
The CDWP meeting presided over by the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan took place in Islamabad on Monday. Different projects which pertain to health, physical planning and housing, education, and information technology sectors were presented before the session.
A project titled, “Establishment of Safe Blood Transfusion Services in ICT” costing Rs 528.4 million was presented by the Ministry of National Health Services. The project is proposed to be financed through foreign funding (KFW grant) and PSDP. The project is about establishing a state-of-art Regional Blood Center in Islamabad to provide safe blood and blood products to the linked hospital blood banks of Islamabad Capital Territory.
The objectives of the project include the elimination of duplication of services, improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness by placing hospital blood banks under RBC 3 Islamabad for the supply of safe blood products. Increasing voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD) from 12 percent (estimated) to 1,000/ in a phased manner including conversion of replacement/family donors to regular blood donors and ensuring rational use of blood and blood products.
The Ministry of Water resources presented a project, titled, “Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-1V 650 MGD (1st Revised), costing Rs 191.195 billion. It was recommended at reduced scope and cost that is 260 MGD water and the cost of Rs 126 billion. A committee would be formed to settle the observations before the submission of this project to ECNEC.
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission asked to carry out the project on an urgent basis as there is a dire need for water in Karachi.