Dilapidated buildings of nursing schools threat to students

KARACHI: The old buildings of Schools of Nursing in Karachi have been posing serious threat to its hundreds of male and females students while provincial health department has failed to release funds for construction of new buildings.

An official at the School of Nursing Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre on condition of anonymity said majority of the buildings of Schools of Nursing established inside major government hospitals of Karachi and other parts of Sindh are in dilapidated condition and not repaired fir several years. They said the provincial health authorities must release fund for repair, renovation and reconstruction of nursing hostels and schools’ buildings.

He said the hostel building of School of Nursing at JPMC is in a dilapidated condition and may collapse any time. He said the condition of Ayaz Samoon Nursing Training Institute Lyari Town, School of Midwifery Sindh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi Town, School of Nursing Sukkur and School of Nursing Shikarpur is very poor and highly dangerous. He said these buildings need attention of authorities concerned on urgent basis.

He said in recent rains, the roof of School of Nursing at Sukkur collapsed but fortunately no serious damage was done in the incident. He said dilapidated condition of school buildings and nursing hostels is posing serious threats to hundreds of male and female nursing students.

When contacted, President Young Nurses Association (YNA) Sindh, Ejaz Ahmed Kelari said hostels and buildings of Schools of Nursing are in dilapidated condition, especially in interior Sindh. He said these buildings urgently need attention of authorities concerned.

He demanded of the provincial health department to order immediate repair of these building in a transparent and corruption-free manner.