LARKANA: As many as 461 patients died in eight months from March to October 2015 in the Accident and Emergency Centre, which is also known here as Casualty, Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, out of which 316 were males, 133 females and 12 children. As many as 159,385 patients were examined during these eight months at the Casualty out of which 85,196 were males, 57,154 were females and 17,035 were children.
It is reported that 11,888 males. 6051 females and 1164 children were admitted to the requisite wards for treatment of various ailments and surgeries. The 1431 medico-legal cases of males, 107 of females and 32 of children were reported here during the same period and referred to MLCs of other districts including Larkana with 1374 of males, 138 of females and 40 of children.
In all, 182,071 patients arrived here within the above period which shows the rush of the patients in this hospital is rising. In the month of March 2015, 17977 patients were examined, April 20,705, May 22,814, June 22,267, July 23,486, August 28,036, September 24,335 and October 22,451.
These official figures prove that the emergency patients are constantly rising that’s why they keep on coming in CMCH to save their precious lives. It also shows that the poor patients are taken care of here but complaints are also pouring in that the services rendered by the doctors, and paramedics are not up to the mark including those of the senior post-graduate doctors serving under Chandka Medical College, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) and the CMCH.
The healthcares have negligible modern equipment, instruments and machineries essentially required to provide state of the art facilities. There are also complaints that as many 170 posts of medics from BPS-17 to 20 are lying vacant along with over 95 posts of staff nurses.
Paramedical staff posts are also vacant for which Sindh government has already been approached to lift ban on fresh recruitments as LB elections have already been held here. The post of Chief Casualty Medical Officer (BS-20) is also vacant since long and all gazetted posts should be filled on merit to establish good governance through Sindh Public Service Commission as per rules.