LARKANA: There are only 10 ventilators in entire 1400-bed Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, which is the largest teaching hospital of upper Sindh.
Six ventilators are reserved for adults and four for children. Acute shortage of this vital life-saving equipment always forces the emergency patients to travel to Karachi, Hyderabad or Gambat. During shifting most of the patients lose their lives on way to the hospital.
If relatives are financially sound to bear the costs of travelling on ambulance they do it but most of the ambulances are without ventilators but poor always suffer losses. In most cases, needy patients die due to lack of this facility in their home districts.
Four ventilators are kept in six-bedded Surgical ICU, two have been given to Medical unit-I ICU, and only four are available in Paeds Hospital which too are non-functional due to non-availability of trained staff.
There are three ICUs in CMCH’s Paeds Hospital, unit-1 has 12-bedded having four ventilators, unit-2 has 11-bedded and unit-3 has 12-bedded ICU but both ICUs are without ventilators. Reports say that out of six ventilators one or two mostly remain out of order due to faults or continuous running.
Additional Medical Superintendent of CMCH, Dr. Mohammad Yousif Katpar, who has now retired, lost his unmarried student son in the past due to non-availability of ventilators not to mention other poor people.
CMCH Deputy Medical Superintendent told PPI that there should be at least 50 ventilators in CMCH which must also be available in all neuro-surgery, general surgery, medical & burn wards but situation is totally different here.
A separate 50-bed ICU is under construction in CMCH. The revised PC-I of it is pending approval at the Development Wing of the Health Department since last year.