Major power breakdown hits patients care at govt hospitals

KARACHI: A massive power breakdown in Karachi partially affected the patients care in major and district level public sector hospitals of the city on Friday.

The power breakdown partially affected the patients care in public sector hospitals of the city including Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, National Institute Cardiovascular Diseases, National Institute of Child Health, Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, and Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases.

The supply of water was also suspended to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and other hospitals due to electricity suspension to pumping stations. Sources said major power breakdown struck Karachi early Friday morning. They said transmission line tripped near Jamshoro, causing a blast in extra high tension line which plunged 60 per cent areas of the city into darkness.

The power breakdown affected major areas of Karachi including Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Landhi, Korangi, Shadman Town, Buffer Zone, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Bahadurabad, Defence, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Liaquatabad. The power breakdown also affected water supply in some areas and public hospitals.

Focal Person, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Jawaid Akhter Jamali, told PPI that water supply to hospital has been suspended due to power failure and supply has not resumed yet. He said backup generators were also working in the hospital to run diagnostics machines and other equipments.

Senior medical official at Civil Hospital Karachi told PPI that the hospital administration utilized backup generators to provide diagnostic facilities, while water was also available in the hospital.

The power breakdown hit the districts hospitals like Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad, Sindh Government Hospital Lyari, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi Town and other healthcares hard. Hundreds of patients had to return back to homes due to non-functioning of machines and other equipment in these hospitals owing to power breakdown.