Absence of staff attendants in PIMS multiply woes of patients

Islamabad—Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), one of the main hospitals of the capital, has been facing severe shortage of official staff attendants for patients, especially during the emergency situations.
The woes of the accident-victims and other severely injured patients multiply when they fail to get any helping hand from the staff attendants while suffering mental and physical agony even in the emergency ward of the hospital.
An official of PIMS admitted that no helping staff was hired for provision of assistance to patients in the emergency ward. He even said, “The hospital fails to meet international standards.”
The official said, in international hospitals, the emergency patients need not depend on personal attendants. They are being provided medical treatment by nursing or other helping staff.
However, some volunteers of an NGO are working here for provision of assistance in the emergency ward but their number is too low as compared to needs.
The scribe of the agency witnessed it when his friend Zeeshan Awan, a journalist in a private TV channel, had a road accident and the rescue 1122 brought him to PIMS. The doctor gave him first aid but afterwards he was left alone on the stretcher without any medical help for an hour. He had to wait for hours just to be taken for medical checkup and x-ray.
The patients and their personal attendants urged the officials of the hospital to hire official helping staff for assistance of patients during emergency cases. They said it is pathetic for the patients to wait for hours for their personal attendants to arrive from other cities to help out their patients.—APP

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