Load-shedding hits patient-care at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital

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KARACHI: Prolonged electricity load-shedding has adversely affected the routine operational work in Sindh’s largest maternity-care hospital, known as Sobhraj Maternity Hospital Karachi, and its administration is facing grave hardships to ensure a proper patient management.

Medical Superintendent, Sobhrja Maternity Hospital, Dr Mohammad Ali, while talking to reporter, said 10 to 11 hours long power failures are causing troubles not only to patients but also to medical staff. The K-Electric (KE) management should exempt this crucial women and children healthcare facility from load shedding, he asked.

He said all the major hospitals of Karachi like Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Civil Hospital Karachi and other big health facilities are exempted from load-shedding, thus a teaching hospital like Sobhrja Hospital should also be exempted from load-shedding for it round o clock smooth functioning.

He said prolonged announced and unannounced load shedding in the maternity hospital situated in densely populated Urdu Bazaar area of Karachi is badly affected patient-care in the healthcare facility. He informed that hours-long power failure on day basis has compelled doctors to postpone many scheduled surgeries that hugely affect patients.

He said the number of visiting patients is on the rise in 120-beded teaching hospital, adding over 100 patients are attended in OPDs each day while 10 to 15 normal and caesarean deliveries are performed daily in the hospital. He said all facilities were available free of cost in this hospital.

He demanded of the K-Electric administration to exempt the Sobhraj Maternity Hospital from announced and unannounced load-shedding on permanent basis on the pattern of other healthcare facilities as its doctors can perform their duties without any hurdle round-the-clock.

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