Eye Dept instruments await inspection before usage since six months in Larkana

District

Larkana: Costly instruments to be used in the Operation Theater (OT) and for diagnostic purposes of the Eye Department of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) have not yet been used and have been kept in the main medical store for want of inspection. The instruments were procured over six months ago costing Rs25 million under ADP Scheme No. 567 (2020-21)

The CMCH Medical Superintendent (MS), Dr. Abdul Sattar Shaikh and his predecessors have been constantly writing letters since June 2021 to the Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sindh, Karachi, to constitute an Inspection Committee but nothing has yet been done depriving the poor patients of usage of latest techniques of eye surgeries and diagnostics. These instruments include Surgical Microscopes, Spectacular Microscopes, Feco Machine, OCT and others.

When this scribe talked to the CMCH Head of Department of Ophthalmology, Prof. Partab Rai, he said he has been constantly writing letters to the CMCH MS but nothing has yet come out. He said these vital instruments are to be used in the newly constructed Eye OT and diagnostic purposes.

He said that since the past six months instruments have been kept in the store without utilizing them for the benefit of poor patients. He said these machines also carry warranty period which will expire without utilizing the equipment if they are not used by the Eye Department quickly

Meanwhile, the Health Department in a letter signed by Farooque Ahmed Abro, Section Officer (General), dated 16th December 2021 addressed to all the DHOs, MSs and other relevant heads of various health programs directed them that “the Inspection Committees may be constituted at your own level keeping in view all the legal and codal formalities/requirements”.

It further directed that “Committees should be exclusively responsible for ensuring quality and quantity as per specifications and contract agreement” but no officer is ready to constitute the committee and they want the health secretary to notify it for proper inspection and to prevent consequences.

CMCH MS Dr. Abdul Sattar Shaikh said that within next week the inspection committee will be notified and inspection of the goods will be carried out. He said he is in constant contact with the health secretary who has assured that the issue will be resolved once for all.

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