Govt hospital terrible example of governance, moot told

KARACHI: Government-run hospitals in Sindh province are a terrible example of poor governance. Billions of rupees are allocated for these hospitals every year, but the corruption mafia ensures this money goes to their pocket instead of being used for welfare of poor patients, a workshop was told here Tuesday.

Chairperson of Sindh Human Rights Commission Justice (retd.) Majida Rizvi expressing concern over the terrible situation in the major government hospitals and jails in Sindh said the provincial government should make serious efforts to ensure provision of essential services to residents and minimize human rights violation in the province.

She was speaking at closing session of a two-day workshop on “Human Rights Compliance: Monitoring and Report” organized by Democracy Reporting International at a local hotel.

Victoria Stewart-Jolley conducted the workshop. Dr. Shahida Rehmani, MNA attended the certificate distribution ceremony.

Justice (retd.) Majida Rizvi said she visited government hospitals in Sindh, where there is a shortage of doctors and essential life saving medicines.

She highlighted the role of human rights defenders and said that given the challenges, faced by Pakistani society we need to have trained human rights activists who not only advocate for human rights, but provide immediate relief and assistance to victims of human rights violations.

She said that Sindh is the first province, which enacted the Human Rights Protection law and established a Sindh Human Rights Commission, which is the first of its kind of institution in the country. However, she said the province government needs to strengthen the commission so it can work as watchdog body to monitor the human rights situation in the province.

She said that the commission can play its role in assisting the provincial and national government in fulfilling international human rights commitments under the UN mechanisms.

Dr. Shahida Rehmani said that Pakistan’s parliament also has a greater role in ensuring protection of human rights. In her view the changing global scenario has necessitated that Pakistan puts in place proper institutional mechanism for the protection and promotion of human rights.

Zulfiqar Shah, Team Leader of DRI also spoke.

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