Condition of hospitals: SHC issues notice to health secy, KMC administrator

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notice to health secretary, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s administrator and senior director for medical and health services to file their respective replies to a petition calling for adequate health facilities at the city’s government hospitals.

An NGO – Justice Helpline’s vice president Amanullah Khan moved the court, submitting that the city’s 173 healthcare centres, including 18 major hospitals, could not cater to needs of around 20 million people of the city.

The petitioner stated the government hospitals were devoid of medicine, laboratories and x-ray, oxygen and other facilities. He added most of the hospitals were in unhygienic condition.

He told the judges that the authorities instead of improving situation in the hospitals and providing necessary facilities, including medicine, had got published a tender for purchase of furniture, surgical equipments and other unnecessary things.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the government to provide necessary facilities in the hospitals. The court was further requested to restrain the authorities from purchasing unnecessary things.

After initial hearing, a division bench, headed by Chief Justice Faisal Arab, issued notice to the respondents and provincial law officer.

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