CHK management asks doctors to ensure attendants in OPDs

KARACHI: The management of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) has devised a comprehensive strategy to ensure presence of senior faculty members (professors) in OPDs and to improve patient care in healthcare centre, it was learned on Wednesday.

An administrative official of CHK on condition of anonymity told PPI that a team formed by Vice Chancellor, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), had monitored the attendance of senior faculty members and other staff of DUHS working in Civil Hospital Karachi and it was observed during monitoring that only 15 percent senior faculty member attendants the patients in OPDs, while reset of faculty members do not attend visiting patients in OPDs.

The visiting patients have been left on the mercy of house job officers and postgraduate doctors (PGs). The non-serious attitude of senior faculty members has badly affected the patients care in Sindh’s largest teaching hospital. Over 4000 to 5000 patients from Sindh, Balochistan and other parts of the country visit the hospital on daily basis for treatment where they are attended by junior doctors.

In this connection, Principal, Dow Medical College, (DMC) had issued a circular stating that as per the approval and subsequent direction of the Vice Chancellor, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, to implement attendance system in various departments of the DUHS, all the faculty members, postgraduate students and employees posted in the premises of Civil Hospital Karachi at the strength of DUHS, are requested to register their credentials in attendance machine and submit a copy of RF ID card & CNIC to authority concerned within a week after the receipt of this letter positively.

President, Sindh Doctor’s Welfare Association (SDWA), Dr Ghulam Mujtaba Memon , when contacted, appreciated the step taken by CHK administration to ensure the attendance of doctors in OPDs . He said patients care will be improve in the hospital by implementing this decision.