Shortage of doctors, paramedics affects patient care at SISD


KARACHI: As many as 30 employees of Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases (SISD), including doctors and paramedics, have been relived from institution under the directives health department Sindh, causing grave inconvenience to visiting patients, sources at SISD told PPI on Monday.

They said 14 doctors and 16 paramedical staff had been relieved from skin hospital in compliance with apex court order, which increased burden on existing doctors and paramedical staff. The shortage of doctors and paramedical staff has also doubled the miseries of patients.

The sources said: “There are 66 posts of male and female doctors in the institution out of which 12 are lying vacant, while 14 employees have been relieved from hospital under the directives of health department, causing hardship for administration to run the affairs of skin hospital smoothly.” They said only 40 doctors were available in the hospital, while 26 posts were lying vacant in healthcare.

Sources said Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases (SISD), Karachi, is Sindh’s largest skin care institution where 2000 to 2500 patients visit OPDs on daily basis for special skin care treatments but shortage of doctors and paramedical staff is causing great hardship s to the administration to run the affairs smoothly.

Director Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases Dr Jameel Ahmed Siddiqui was not available for comments.