LARKANA: The cleanliness and medicine facilities at Civil Hospital Sukkur and Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana are pathetic, causing trouble to patients. Civil Hospital Sukkur seems to be ignored hospital of Sindh.
Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairperson, Justice (R) Majida Rizvi, recently visited various jails, hospitals and Dar-ul-Aman of Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana and Dadu districts. In her detailed report, she states that after visiting Civil Hospital, Sukkur, the condition of the hospital can be said to be pathetic, dirty and not worth being called a hospital.
Nothing could be worse than what was seen, broken compound and pathways, old rickety out of service ambulance and entire compound littered with waste, she added. The beds were rickety outdated having no mattresses and sheets, she said in her report.
The patients were using their own blankets and sheets on the beds, while several patients were lying on the floor, she continued. People were openly complaining of non-availability of doctors and medicines, she said. Rizvi said that MS informed her that 116 gazetted posts from BPS-16 to 20 were lying vacant in 350-bed capacity hospital and there is no pathologist in the entire hospital.
She remarked that overall condition of Divisional Headquarter Hospital was the worst. She said that the condition of the Under Trial Prisoners (UTP) ward was horrible and the place had urine smell, bedding was dirty and patient had water bottle & dirty glass.
In her visit to Chandka Medical College Hospital, she was informed that no Medico-Legal Officer or Woman MLO is posted in the hospital and the power to purchase medicines etc is vested with the Health Secretary and not with the MS resulting shortage of medicines including life savings and emergency drugs. The bed sheets were dirty and general condition was not worthy of a hospital, she added.
In her recommendations, she said that all hospitals must have independent Boards with full administrative powers, with enough budgets to run the institution and avoid delay in communication and logistics, hospitals must also have committees, consisting of members of civil society, NGOs and hospital administration, to supervise public complaints & facilitate the administration of hospitals to avoid corruption & give transparency, all government employees must be appointed on merit only without any political links or pressures and all administrative authorities & police must be depoliticized.
About Civil Hospital, Sukkur, she recommended that if the government cannot run this hospital, then let it be run on public-private partnership basis so that proper service can be provided to public. She said that urgent steps be taken to improve the condition of the hospital and proper budget be provided to it. Accounts must be audited and vacant posts of specialists, professors and MO/WMO be immediately filled.