KARACHI: Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) is emitting diseases at the same time it is curing people. The very important road in front of JPMC, where many other health organizations are located, has been damaged from different places due to staying of stagnant sewerage water and badly needs its rehabilitation and replacement of sewerage line along it.
The water enters into the only gate open for people and ambulances, the other gate has been closed for a long time where there are also piles of garbage amassed. All this situation adds to the worries of the people visiting the hospital in hour of need and emergency. The ambulances have to wade through water at a time when every second counts.
Higher authorities of the JPMC, Karachi Cantonment Board (KCB) and defunct Import and Inspection Depot, Sindh, which has offices of different health organizations including WHO in its building near shrine of Peer Bukhari on the same stretch of road and in front of which Army officials’ vehicles also ply as rangers headquarters is adjacent to it, have held Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) responsible for all the mess.
Deputy Director JPMC Muhammad Akram told PPI that the sewerage line needed to be replaced as it is old and above the level of JMPC’s sewerage line connecting it, therefore, every so often the line overflows stagnant water. Several letters had been sent to KWSB, apart from the calls made and meetings held with them, however, they could not yet resolve the issue.
A high official from KCB, on the condition of anonymity, told that it was not a problem for KCB to carpet the road but the issue was that it would not be able to stay longer due to frequent staying of water.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said the situation of sewerage water and road was much better now as it was continuously being monitored, however the issue would be permanently resolved after the line was replaced and it needed heavy funds, therefore a request in this regard has been forwarded to Sindh government. Hopefully, the funds would be released soon. Director Public Relations KWSB Nazeer Mateen did not attend the call despite repeatedly calling him.