Violence trend on rise in Larkana govt hospitals

LARKANA: Disputes & clashes have become common in Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women (SZWH) & Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH). Sometimes doctors & paramedics are beaten by the outraged attendants/ relatives of the patients when their near & dear one expires and sometimes paramedics beat their own colleagues over minor issues.

OT Package (OTP) incharge Aftab Chandio was beaten by a ward servant Nazir Gopang and his relatives over OTP payment issue.

The relatives of patient Amna who died in Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women a day earlier in Gynae Unit-I held protest, blocked the main road and also manhandled lady doctors & other staff.

They also manhandled the head of department of Gynae Unit-I Professor Rafia Baloch due to which she almost fell down.

The CMCH Medical Superintendent Dr. Ghulam Murtaza Soomro, wrote a letter to the CMC Principal for constituting an inquiry committee to be headed by a professor of surgery and submit detailed findings within a week which is yet be formed.

The CMCH administration has been constantly writing to district Larkana administration including Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police for providing strict security to the doctors & paramedics especially in SZHW and Casualty but all in vain so far.

Recently Deputy Commissioner was asked by the MS to get posted two lady constables at SZHW but to no avail. These incidents show that authorities are not serious about maintaining peace & tranquillity in the hospital.

Lady doctors held an emergency meeting in which senior doctors Rafia Baloch, Shahida Magsi, Afshan Bhatti, Lachmi, Akhtar Abro, Kaneez Fatima, Aneela Isran, Seema, Abdul Qayoom Memon and others participated and discussed issue of providing foolproof security at SZHW.

While talking to media Dr. Shahida Magsi said that about 12000 deliveries are conducted annually in this hospital and 100 to 150 patients die because these cases arrive from far flung areas and are always brought in serious condition but even then lady doctors try their level best to save precious lives.

She said the relatives of these patients mostly get infuriated because of lack of knowledge & the condition of their patients due to which they mostly resort to hooliganism and manhandle the staff.

Dr. Shahida further said that no proper security arrangements have been made to prevent such incidents. She demanded that more paramedics be posted, permanent police picket must be established and CCTV cameras should also be installed or else they will chalk out further line of action after three days.