Myriad problems affect smooth functioning of Lyari Hospital
KARACHI: The major departments of Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital (LGH) Karachi, including adult & paediatric emergency, gynaecology, Institute of Cardiology, OT complex and laboratory services, are partially non-functional as the management is unable to make them operational.
This 525-bed hospital was established more than 40 years ago as a major public health facility of the locality and was later turned into a tertiary-care hospital and made part of the Dow University of Health Sciences. However, owing to numerous problems, its performance still remains far from satisfactory.
Approximately 4,000 people visit OPDs of this health facility on daily basis but majority of the hospital’s departments including adult & paediatric emergency, gynaecology, Institute of Cardiology, OT complex and laboratory services go non-functional from 01:00 pm to the next morning. During this time cases from emergency, gynaecology and cardiology departments are referred to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), National Institute of Child Health, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, or private hospitals of the megacity.
The Thalassaemia Centre of health facility is also non-operational although costly equipment is purchased for it and available there. Daily admissions in 525-beded LGH are from 50 to 60, as patients with major surgery requirements are being referred to other hospitals, said hospital sources. The performance of its lab is also not satisfactory. Presently, only CBC, urine culture, T3, T4, TSH tests are being performed in the health facility, while CT scan diagnostic facility is only available for the admitted patients.
The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute of Cardiology at Lyari General Hospital (LGH) could not be made fully operational despite the passage of several years. The patients with cardio-related emergencies are referred to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) due to the shortage of cardiologists, trained nurses and paramedical staff.
Ironically, like many other government hospitals of Sindh province, some very costly diagnostic equipment are lying idle or out of order in Sindh Government’s Lyari General Hospital (LGH) also while the management is unable to get them repaired due to unavailability of funds.
The diagnostic equipment including echocardiography machine, bio-chemistry selectra machine and cell separator machine are lying idle or out of order in the hospital. The ECG machines, ventilators, incubators and some important surgical equipment that were purchased a few years ago are still lying idle and unused in the hospital. Medical Superintendent, Lyari General Hospital, Karachi, Dr Mohammad Aslam Pechuho, was not available for comments.