Petition filed against poor state of affairs in govt hospitals of Larkana


LARKANA: A constitutional petition was filed in SHC here on Tuesday against bad governance in the largest teaching hospital of Sindh, Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and other govt-run hospitals of Larkana.

Petitioner Nadir Ali son of Mian Bux Khoso, a resident of Larkana, filed Constitutional Petition No: 1137 of 2015 as Probono Publico through his advocate Shamsuddin Abbasi, which was heard by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar at Sindh High Court Circuit, Larkana, here on Tuesday.

The petitioner submitted that professors and their junior doctors are not performing their duties properly in the CMCH and other government hospitals and concentrating on their private centres; hence, patients face great difficulties.

The petitioner contends that Larkana city is a medical hub of upper Sindh, as at-least eight government hospitals, i.e. Civil Hospital Larkana, CMC Teaching Hospital, Larkana, Shaikh Zaid Women Hospital Larkana, Shaikh Zaid Children Hospital Larkana, Paediatric Surgery Hospital Larkana, Cardiology Hospital Larkana, Hilal Ahmar Hospital Larkana, LINAR hospital Larkana, and Dental College OPD Larkana are situated here, but sadly the citizens of Division of Larkana are deprived from basis medical facilities either on the reason/pretext that required faculties, including medicine, funds etc are lacking.

He submitted that substandard medicines and surgical materials are provided which are another cause of enhancing health issues of the patients. In government hospitals professors, associate professors and para-medical staff are not observing duties as per their turn. Hence administration of these government hospitals and their doctors are playing with the lives of the patients. Though huge funds have been allocated by the government but the same are not utilized properly.

It is responsibility of the ‘State’ to ensure proper healthcare facility to every citizen; however, it does not come to an end only by inaugurating a ‘building’ as ‘hospital’ but it continues till the object whereof (hospital) is not achieved which undeniably could be nothing but to serve the people by providing proper health services.

This requires that the hospital administrations should ensure providing of proper funds and utilization thereof for its due purpose; ensure required development in due time, if the circumstances (population etc) so demand; framing a mechanism thereby assuring that a negligent towards his obligation / duty shall receive due consequence without much delay.

For completing this task learned Sessions Judge, Larkana, also would be competent to appoint any Magistrate for surprise visits to hospitals. After complete probe, learned Sessions Judge, Larkana, shall make such recommendations forwarded to Secretary Health and the Secretary Health shall implement the recommendations of learned District & Sessions Judge, Larkana within fifteen days; in case of failure the Secretary Health shall expose to contempt proceedings.

Needless to add here that since the status of the ‘Commissioner’ and ‘Deputy Commissioner’ is always having one of ‘administrative’ at local levels therefore, the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner shall also pay surprise visits to the hospitals so as to know the grievance of the patients and proper functioning of the ‘government hospitals’ in their true meaning and sense. They shall also submit comprehensive reports, whereby pointing out any illegality or irregularity; ways of improvements/developments so as to lessens the genuine grievance towards health issue. Such report be submitted positively before Additional Registrar of this Court on monthly basis; they shall also cooperate with learned District & Sessions Judge, Larkana, for every assistance.

With regard to allocation of funds and misuse thereof, it would suffice to say that since it purpose and object of establishing ‘Anti-corruption Establishment’ shall fail if any such complaint is ignored without proper inquiry, therefore, the Chairman, Anticorruption Establishment, Sindh, Karachi, is directed to conduct thorough probe by constituting a high level committee which shall examine the funds allocation and use of those funds or any other illegality and all the delinquent persons shall be booked under relevant laws without any discrimination. This exercise shall be completed within 15 days with compliance report.

The honourable court in its order adjourned the hearing to 22.10.2015, with notice to respondents, on which date Vice Chancellor, SMBBMU, Larkana, and Medical Superintendents/Directors of other respondent hospitals shall be in attendance.