30 doctors’ posts lying vacant in Lyari General Hospital

KARACHI: As many as 30 posts of doctors, general and specialists cadre, and 70 staff nurses are lying vacant in Lyari General Hospital (LGH) Karachi, it was learned on Thursday.

Sources at the hospital on condition of anonymity said 500-bed Sindh government’s Lyari General Hospital Karachi is considered as one of the major teaching healthcare centres of the city where around 2,500 to 3,000 people visit its various outdoor patient departments for consultation and treatment daily.

The hospital administration has been facing great hardships in smooth running of hospital catering healthcare services to people round the clock

The hospital management has been facing acute shortage of doctors to run departments in smooth way while, seats of staff nurses are also lying vacant. They said only 50 nurses are available in hospital in three-shifts.

The provincial health department had ordered posting of doctors in hospital about two years ago but majority of doctors had refused to join healthcare due poor law and order and other reasons. The patient care in hospital has badly disturbed due to shortage of doctors and staff nurses.

The patients and residents of the area demanded provincial health department to fill the vacant posts to improve health delivery system in healthcare.

When contacted, Secretary Health Sindh Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said around 1,000 doctors’ posts are lying vacant across the Sindh province and we will hire new doctors through Public Service Commission soon to overcome shortage.

He said law and order situation has been improved in Lyari Town and health department will appoint doctors to fill the shortage and also to improve patient care in hospital.

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