Early opening of CMCH Burn Center must to save lives

KARACHI: To facilitate the burn patients of upper Sindh the health department need taking immediate steps to make functional the Burns Center of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana.

In whole Sindh, the burns centers are only operational in the People Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro, Civil Hospital Badin and Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). Due to lack of burn centers at main teaching hospitals of Larkana and Sukkur people are compelled to shift burn patients mostly to Karachi and many of them die while on way to hospital.

The scheme of Burns Center of CMCH Larkana (ADP scheme No 381) was approved on 14 January 2010 with the cost of 182.695 million which included capital cost of Rs 19.05 million and revenue cost of Rs 163.645 million. This vital project was due to be completed in December 2010 according to approved PC-1 and its prime objective was to reduce mortality rate of burnt patients and to provide quality healthcare. Administrative approval of this scheme was granted on 14.5.2010 and the building was constructed but required machinery, instruments and equipment arrived very late which remains incomplete even today.

However, no trained gazetted & non-gazetted paramedic staff have so far been recruited by CMCH as per approved SNE due to which the building remains idle and open for habitual government land grabbers since beginning of 2011. Recently, a team of Monitoring and Evaluation Cell, Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh, visited the site and expressed annoyance over non-functioning of this vital project.

According to the monitoring cell report, five micro surgical instrument sets have not yet been supplied along with central oxygen supply, refrigerator, 24 bed side lockers, 4 medicine trollies, five medicine trollies & file cabinets, 12 fiber chair 4 sitter, 22 blankets, 24 mattress covers, 66 pillow covers, 200 large towels, 50 raw streets, 200 bed sheets, 60 each OT shirts, OT pajama, cap & mask sets, 50 OT gown, 75 shoes cover, 60 hand towel and 60 gloves bags. This project was originally initiated in 2007-08 and was to be completed in 2010 as per approved PC-1 but it was extended and stretched over up to 2014 due to delay by the executive agency and finance department, as per the report of the monitoring cell.

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