Low attendance in major public hospitals

KARACHI: Patients-care services partially were affected in all major public-sector hospitals of Karachi on Wednesday due to tense situation in the city after Rangers; raid at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Headquarters, Nine Zero, Azizabad.

Patients’ attendance at the out-patient departments of major hospitals, including the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute of Child Health, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Lyari General Hospital and other hospitals remained thin due to the unavailability of public transport.

The medical and diagnostic services in major hospitals were also partially disturbed due to the low attendance of paramedical staff, nurses and doctors in healthcares owing to tense situation in the city.

However, public transport service remained suspended that compelled hospital staff to remain at their homes and a good number of medical staff of major hospitals could not reach their respective institutions.

The unavailability of medical staff partially disturbed routine operations in public healthcare centers and dozens of scheduled surgeries were postponed. However, the emergency services of different hospitals were fully functional.

An administrative official from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center said the OPDs opened as per schedule but the turnout of patients remained low due to shortage of public transport. He said emergency and OTs services in the healthcare remained fully functional.

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