Ratodero, Sind: Out of 20 ambulances of the Chandka Medical College Hospital CMCH Larkana only 12 are in working condition and remaining eight out of order, causing difficulties for patients.
Sources said that many of the working ambulances also require major repair. The nursing coach and mini truck for transportation of oxygen cylinders and heavy equipment have also been out of order since long besides a pickup, which was used for provision of medicines to five blocks of the largest 1352bed teaching hospital of upper Sind. Sources said that the health department has been approached time and again by the hospital administration for replacement of faulty vehicles but in vain.
The government is allocating, the sources said, only Rs2 million annually as budget for vehicle repair and POL purposes which is insufficient due to skyrocketing price hike.
The hospital administration runs its ambulances on hiring after receiving charging charges from patients or their families. These costs are calculated on kilometre basis, which many patients could not afford to pay. The patients ask that when the government is spending billions of rupees on procuring and providing medicines and other things why it cannot make use of ambulances for needy patients free of cost.
The hospital administration is earning millions of rupees in the name of ‘User Charges’ monthly which should be used for the welfare of poor patients including providing them free of cost ambulance service.