Larkana, Sindh: As many as 3,384 patients died during January-October 2015 at the largest Teaching Hospital of upper Sindh known as Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, out of 56,803 who were admitted for treatment of various ailments.
As many as 39,172 were discharged and 4,584 Left Against Medical Advice (LAMA). 19,952 major & minor operations were carried out and as many as 636,844 came to OPD during the same period.
As many as 47,356 X-Rays were done at various Blocks of the Hospital and 54,419 ultrasounds were also carried out. As many as 321,682 laboratory examinations were also conducted at all the Labs of the CMCH which shows the rush of patients requiring lab tests which is termed essential in today’s medical world for diagnostic purposes but their authenticity is must.
However, 9,675 kidney failure patients arrived to get dialysis to remain alive and 190 patients got their kidney stones removed through Lithotripsy machine.
During these ten months as many as 15,275 cardiac patients received ECG tests which were also performed at the OPD & CCU ward along with 7,335 NVD tests. No lithotripsy was carried out during February-March and July-August which shows that the machine which is outdated remained non-functional as each patient has to pay Rs:3000/- to get his/her kidney stone removed through this technology without operation if it’s size is upto 18mm.
The LAMA ratio is constantly rising in this Hospital which need to be controlled and it is said that Hospital staff is hired for this purpose who force patients to get treatment or surgeries at private medical centres which should be considered as an abuse and must be tackled according to the law otherwise usage of public sector hospitals will gradually reduce and simultaneously brings bad name to the entire government healthcare system.
Postgraduate doctors should be made bound to attend evening & night rounds, on their emergency day turn, regularly, as they are being handsomely paid from taxpayers’ money.