Karachi: Welcoming the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to establish 39 new state of the art hospitals across the country, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) central leader has urged to given priority to improving the condition of existing hospital in Pakistan before erection new hospitals buildings.
PMA leader and senior ENT surgeon Dr Qaiser Sajjad said government hospitals are present in the breadth and width of Pakistan that their condition is mostly unsatisfactory. He said a large number of government hospitals do not have proper number of doctors and paramedic. They lack medicine and emergency care facilities. Hence, they do not facilitate people properly despite the government spends huge funds of them.
He said even in the largest city of Pakistan, Karachi, the three big government hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Civil Hospital Karachi and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, often lack proper stock of medicine, required medical and surgical facilities and manpower. Even these big government hospitals do not have proper cleanliness and hygienic surroundings. They have no infection control mechanisms and even washrooms of many of their wards do not have soap for hand washing.
He said if the federal government allocates some special funds to upgrade existing government hospitals in the country it would greatly facilitate poor patients. He said at least emergency care facilities including medicines, lab tests and surgical requirements should be made available in the government hospitals free of cost for each and every Pakistani.
He demanded that at least two government tertiary care hospitals should be built in each town of the mega city of Karachi. He said each and every district of Sindh should have a teaching hospital to provide better medical care facilities to people at their doorsteps and to reduce very high patient burden on the tertiary care hospitals of Hyderabad and Karachi.
He expressed concern over mushroom growth of substandard laboratories in the vicinity of the government hospitals in Karachi, which are run mostly by the touts of government doctors and paramedics. He said all these laboratories and substandard blood banks should be removed and all pathological and blood transfusion facilities be provided the people inside the government hospitals.
He said Sindh health minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro who himself is a senior doctor should device a plan to gradually upgrade all existing district level hospitals of Sindh so that people of their respective districts have not to travel to Karachi or Hyderabad to get proper medical care. He said this would only be possible when some senior doctors of our government hospitals are willing to follow the role models of Dr Adeeb Rizvi of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) and Dr Rahim Bux Bhatti of Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (Gims) who with their dedication and hard work have proved that the government hospitals of Sindh could be made center of excellences in medical care field.
Dr Sajjad said the Pakistanis are waiting for the day when the standard of the government hospitals in Pakistan becomes so high that the rulers themselves prefer these hospitals to foreign medical centres for their own treatment and for the treatment of their family members.