Liaquatabad Hospital’s Cardiac Emergency Centre non-functional

KARACHI: The Cardiac Emergency Centre at Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad is non-functional due to shortage of cardiologists and skilled staff in healthcare, it was learned on Wednesday.

The Cardiac Emergency Centre faces shortage of cardiologists, technicians and skilled staff nurses. Over 100 patients visit Cardio OPD every day out of which 10 to 15 require emergency treatment, but now such cases are being referred to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases, and other hospitals as no senior cardiologist is available in this important hospital.

An official at Cardiac Emergency Centre told that the hospital management had suspended the admission services at centre about seven months ago after retirement and transfers of cardiologists. He said Centre is equipped with all necessary diagnostics machines but due to lack of skilled manpower, the administration had closed the admission services.

Meanwhile, all the major surgeries have also been stopped in due to shortage of surgeons in the healthcare. Some senior surgeons have retired from their posts while few were transferred to other hospitals; therefore all major surgeries have been stopped and only minor operation are being performed in the healthcare.

The patients with major surgery requirements are being referred to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Civil Hospital Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, and other hospitals. The shortage of surgeons is causing grave inconvenience to the patients with major surgery requirements.

He said posts of specialist doctors, including casualty doctors, were lying vacant in the hospital. The administration urgently required cardiologists, surgeons and other specialist doctors to run the affairs of hospital smoothly and also to improve patient care in healthcare.

Medical Superintendent, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad Dr Ansar Ahmed Ansari while talking reporter, confirmed that Cardiac Emergency Centre had not functioning owing to shortage of cardiologists and skilled staff. He said cardiac patients required especial care and the administration cannot run centre round-the-clock through general doctors.

He said hospital urgently needed surgeons and cardiologists to deal with the rising number of patients in healthcare. He said request had been sent to high ups of health department for positing surgeons to make Operation Theater fully functional and also carry out major surgeries.