Apathy: Costly platelets machines lying idle in govt hospitals

KARACHI: Sindh Health Department authorities concerned have failed to install Mega Platelet Machines (Blood Cell Separator)or make the installed machines functional in nine major government hospital and these newly purchased machines have been lying idle for last five years, sources at health department told PPI on Saturday.

The government had purchased these costly machines for 10 government hospitals, but in nine government hospitals they are not installed or made functional.

The mega platelet machines separate blood cells like plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The platelets blood cells are necessary for dengue viral fever patients. Though presently it is peak season of dengue but unfortunately the platelets machines are yet to be installed in as many as nine government hospitals. Consequently, patients are compelled to buy platelets from costly private hospitals. This is a glaring example of negligence of health department officials that even the available resources are not being utilized to facilitate people and improve the governance image and service delivery of Sindh government.

The provincial health department had purchased mega platelet machines at the cost of about Rs 50 million in the year 2010.

These machines were bought for installation in the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), Lyari General Hospital (LGH), Singh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi, Taluka Hospital Ghotki, Taluka Hospital Daharki, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana, Peoples Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, Liaquat Medical College Hospital Hyderabad and Ghulam Mohammad Mehar Medical College Hospital Sukkur.

The mega platelet machines have not been installed in Taluka Hospital Ghotki, Taluka Hospital Daharki and Lyari General Hospital despite the passage of five year. However, in the rest of hospitals these machines have been installed but sadly they are not being run to facilitate patients on one pretext or other.

Sources said mega platelet machine has only functional in Civil Hospital Karachi while rest of machines were lying in wastage due to lathery of provincial health department.

However, only one functional mega platelet machine at the CHK is not enough for 20million population of this mega city.

Secretary Health Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said the issue of non-functional mega platelets machines was brought into his notice a few days ago. He said that these costly machines will be made functional across the Sindh province very soon in the larger public interest.