Call for removal of illegal parking outside Skin Hospital

KARACHI: Encroachment and illegal motorcycle parking outside Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases (SISD), Karachi, are not causing grave inconvenience to visiting patients, attendants, doctors, and other hospital staff, it was emerged on Thursday.

The Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases is a 50-bed dermatological hospital, the only public sector skin hospital located at Regal Chowk in Karachi, where 2500 to 3000 people visit various OPDs every day to get medical facilities from skins specialists.

But the road leading to the hospital has been encroached by illegal stall owners, vendors, fruit sellers and motorcyclists due to the lethargy and carelessness of Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC). The unchecked encroachment and illegal parking outside the hospital has made it difficult for patients, attendants, doctors and other medical staff to pass through it.

KMC has launched anti-encroachment campaign in different parts of the city in the past, but encroachments and bike parking could not be removed outside the skin institution. The large number of vendor and push cart owners have encroached hospital road where road blocking and traffic jams have become a routine matter.

The constant road blockage and traffic jams torment patients, attendants and hospital staff difficult while entering the hospital in rush hours. Some encroachers have also established illegal bike parking site in front of the hospital’s main entrance, which has become serious nuisance for visiting patients and medical staff.

Director, Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases, Dr Jamil Ahmed Siddiqui, was not available for comment on phone.