CMC facing shortage of medics

GR Gorar

Larkana—Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMC), a 1500-bedded teaching hospital of upper Sindh, is facing shortage of 100 doctors, 300 paramedics, 10 ambulances.
The Eye Department’s Phacoemulsification machines are also out of order, due to lack of facilities. Basic health units, rural health centres and taluka hospitals, patients also moving to emergency ward and OPD of CMC Hospital, sources said.
This scribe has learnt that Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana is catering the health services for people of half of Sindh, some areas of Baluchistan and Punjab, facing immense shortage of staff, medicines, quality health services due to overwhelming of patients and ill-planning of officials and incompetency of administration.
Sources, apprised that during the 24 hours, approximately 900 patients hailing from tehsil Ratodero, Bakrani, Dokri and others visit the emergency ward of Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana due to unavailability of emergency health facilities in their respective areas, due to that several problems arises.
Medical Superintendent CMCH Larkana Dr Javed Shaikh told this scribe that 7 ambulances out of 20 are grounded, efforts are underway to repair them very soon,whereas Faco machine has been sent for repairing, he denied that there is no shortage of medicines in all units of CMCH.
MS CMCH, apprised that CMCH is now comprising on 1500 bedded after the establishment of 4 departments including Burns ward, Neuro science complex and Neuro surgery department, Dental ward and Skin ward, these four departments are being run without SNE, MRI machine and CT scan are now operative in public sector hospital which is great achievement, he claimed.
To question about the shortage of staff, Dr Javed Shaikh, said that still there are 103 vacancies of medical officers BPS 17, 100 Nurses, 250 other staff among male paramedics, sanitary staff and 28 posts of senior registrar are vacant for 20 years, adding that due to ban on jobs by Sindh government, we are unable to fill the vacancies.

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