Shortage of Zakat Fund: Poor patients at CHK face hardship

KARACHI: Poor people visiting out-patients department as well as admitted in different wards of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) have not being provided medicine and treatment facilities since the month of February owing to the delay in release of ‘Zakat Fund’ from provincial authorities, PPI learned on Wednesday.

Sources at Civil Hospital Karachi wished not be named informed that deserving OPDs and admitted patients in hospitals have been facing great hardships and much difficulties to get treatment since month of February owing ends of quota of ‘Zakat Fund’, released earlier. They said the provincial authorities could not release funds in account of Zakat to the hospital to facilitate poor and destitute patients.

He said the delay in release of ‘Zakat Fund’ has suspended treatment, diagnostic and medicines supply to poor patients who generally come from different parts Sindh and Balochistan province to the hospital for better treatment facilities. He said poor patients have been facing great hardships owing to the shortage of funds.

He said the provincial authorities release Rs10 million annually to the hospital. He said the funds are given to the institution in two installations after every six month, which were utilized on poor and deserving patients. He said earlier authorities concerned released Rs 5 million ‘Zakat Fund’ for the hospital in late October and all funds had been utilized.

Additional Medical Superintendent, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Ashfaq Memon, when contacted, confirmed that pervious Zakat Fund had been utilized. He said we have not received another installation of Zakat fund so far. He hoped that pending fund would be released within a few days.

He said all efforts are under way to provide medicines and other facilities to the poor patients at the hospital.

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