Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory at the University of Karachi and pressed the staff there to expedite the process of identification of the bodies of the victims of the Airbus A320 crash.
"The family members of the passengers who died in the plane crash are in such a severe pain," he said and added, "This pain will continue in their hearts the whole life, but we can mitigate it by handing over to them the bodies of their relatives after identifying them" at the earliest.
Briefing the chief minister, the lab in charge said that 29 bodies were lying in the mortuaries of Edhi and 18 at Chhipa.
Bodies of 50 people had been identified and handed over to their heirs.
The chief minister was told that some of the bodies identified through DNA were those of Yasmeen, Attaullah, Shehnaz, Khalida, Khalid Sherdil, Saad Mahmood, Usman and Surya.
The chief minister directed the district administration to resolve the issue and get the bodies identified so that they could be handed over to their relatives.
The chief minister appreciated the lab staff and the administration for their untiring work.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL
Earlier, the chief minister visited the Infectious Diseases Hospital at NIPA where he was briefed by Secretary of Health, Zahid Abbasi.
The chief minister met the vice chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences, Dr Saeed Qureshi, and handed over the charge of the hospital to him. He directed the VC to make Block A of the hospital functional within a month.
The chief minister was told that there were no power and water connections at the hospital. The chief minister called the chief executive officer of K-Electric by his mobile phone and directed him to provide power connection to the hospital on an emergency basis.
He made similar directions to the MD of the Water Board.
Shah directed Secretary Works & Services Imran Atta Soomro to ensure round the clock presence of the engineer in the hospital building so that its construction could be completed within a month.
The chief minister also visited the Dental Hospital of Dow University. It is a 50-bed hospital structure. The chief minister directed the VC of Dow University to complete work on the hospital within a month and make it functional for the coronavirus patients.
The chief minister was accompanied by Minister Information Syed Nasir Shah and advisor law Murtaza Wahab.