KARACHI: As a preventive measure ahead of expected tropical cyclone, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has setup special disaster management wards consisting of around 200 beds in four of its hospitals. Emergency has been imposed in all KMC-run hospitals and leaves of medical and paramedical staffs have been cancelled.
Following the directive of Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui, all emergency medicines had been arranged in sufficient quantity, all faculty members of Karachi Medical Dental College, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and all medical, paramedical and other staffs of hospitals of KMC would remain present on their duties till the threat was over, said KMC spokesperson.
He said the management had setup 100 beds in disaster management ward at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, whereas 20 beds were also established in similar wards of Landhi Medical Complex, Sobhraj Maternity Hospital, Guzdarabad Maternity & General Hospital and Sarfaraz Rafiquee Shaheed Hospital each and Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases was also ready for backup cover.
“All the ambulances of Rescue 1122 with drivers will remain at Civic Centre under the supervision of focal person Dr Anwar Sohail. An emergency control room has been established at the Poly Clinic in Civic Centre under the supervision of focal person and I/C Poly Clinic Dr Saleem Memon. The list of contact numbers of hospitals, medical superintendents, supervisory officers of M&HS, KMC was also publicized through advertisement in print media,” he said.
He said KMC had also setup rain emergency centers in all the districts, whereas, the central rain emergency centre had been established in Civic Centre which would work round the clock.
Meanwhile, advertisement (Local Taxes) department of KMC removed more than 600 billboards from various areas of the city on Thursday including Sea View, Clifton, Saddar, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Shara-e-Faisal, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, Korangi, Karsaz and other areas. The removal of billboards was continued till late night, he said.
The municipal services department following the directive of KMC Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqui, cleaned many major storm water drains. The municipal staff removed silt and garbage with the help of heavy machinery and dumpers in Gujjar Nullah, PIDC Nullah, Hijrat Colony Nullah, ICI Bridge Nullah, Machhar Colony Nullah and Nehr-e-Khayyam, Clifton. Dewatering pumps and suction machines were put up at all those points in the city where rain water stayed in past including a portion of Shara-e-Faisal, Falak Naz Apartment, FTC, Liaquatabad Underpass and Governor House to ensure swift drainage of rain water. The municipal staff also sprinkled insecticides in different rivers to save the citizens from malaria.
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