Children Hospital Karachi up-gradation to complete next month

Karachi: Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS), Sindh Government Children Hospital North Karachi, Dr Kausar Fatima, on Tuesday said that up-gradation of hospital would be completed by end of July 2014 in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), where beds facilities had been expanded to 250 with completion of new project.

Talking to PPI, Dr Fatima said the hospital would be able to accommodate 250 patients at a time and would also provide facilities such as operation theatres, medical and surgical ICUs, nursery, incubators, ventilator unit, surgery facilities, orthopedic unit, MRI, CT scan diagnosis unit as well as treatment of other child diseases.

She said this project was aimed at providing advanced paediatric care in Karachi and hospital would become second largest children healthcare institution after National Institute of Child Hospital (NICH) in the city.

She said this hospital had only 50 beds and poor equipment but after this project it will have 250 beds and good quality equipment which would improve its services. She said that the administration has forwarded summery to Sindh government for recruiting new staff including doctors and paramedics before the competition of project.

Fatima said attendance of Outpatient Department (ODP) had increased from 1,000 every day and with completion of this project, the number of OPD patients would double in near future. She said different departments of hospital were running successfully in hospital like ENT, vaccination center, dental, laboratory, nutrition department and X-ray ultrasound.

She said there was acute shortage of trained paramedical staff in hospitals and various posts were lying vacant in children hospitals. She said nursing department was also non-functional due to shortage of staff. She said incubators and ventilator facilities were also available in hospitals but unfortunately, there was dire need of trained staff to run healthcare affairs smoothly.

She informed there was no shortage of medicine in hospital and stock of drugs was enough to cater to over 1000 patients on daily basis. Dr Fatima said load-shedding had adversely affected the routine operational work of hospital and generator could not fulfil the energy crises of healthcare. She said currently minor surgeries were carried out in hospital and with up-gradation of hospitals, all kind of surgeries would be conducted in future.

She said public healthcare should be exempted from power breakdown as routine operational work would be continued without any break round-the-clock in public healthcares.

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