CMCH physiotherapy dept goes neglected

LARKANA: Notwithstanding the tall claims of Sindh Government about prioritizing healthcare sector the important department of physiotherapy at the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana goes neglected

In fact there is no separate department or ward of physiotherapy in this 1400-bed Teaching Hospital of upper Sindh, but only a section is working in its OPD that too works without modern facilities, causing serious hardships to the patients.

Since 2012 till end of September 2015 as many as 6,724 patients visited this meagrely equipped section out of which 4,013 were males, 1,924 females and 787 were children.

These figures should have been eye opener for the authorities who ignore this sector despite their claims of giving top priority to education & healthcare sectors.

According to reliable sources, there are three sanctioned posts of physiotherapists (BS-17) out of which only one is filled and two are vacant. Likewise there are three sanctioned posts of assistant physiotherapists (BS-16) all of them lying vacant and one post of physiotherapy technician (BS-9) which too is looking for occupant. This situation has indeed exposed tall claims of the elected rulers of Sindh. The machinery/equipment available in the said OPD section is over 20 years old and practically useless for patients.

The CMCH authorities have approached the Health Department, Government of Sindh, several times in the past to construct a new building where this department should be allowed to function properly in view of the rush of affected poor patients, demanding provision of additional trained staff on merit along with filling of above vacant posts, required latest equipment, instruments and machinery worth Rs7 million to ensure availability of modern facilities but in vain.

There is urgent need that the Sindh health department seriously focuses on the department of physiotherapy at the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana and provides it the need manpower, machinery and money.

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