Wall-chalking, banners and posters removed from NICH: SHC told


KARACHI: Wall-chalking, banners and posters of different political parties have been removed from the premises of National Institute of Child Health, stated a report submitted by the provincial authorities in the Sindh High Court.

Provincial health authorities presented a compliance report on SHC order that had directed the health secretary and area police to ensure removal of all wall-chalking, banners and posters of different political parties from NICH.

While taking the report on record, SHC division bench asked the hospital management to prevent their recurrence and in case wall-chalking, party flags and banners appear, they will be removed in a week with the help of area police.

Javed Iqbal Burki had gone to the court, stating the NICH, a 500-bed public hospital, was defaced by the wall-chalking, banners and posters of different political parties.

The petitioner said that some NICH paramedic staff, most of them members of the medical wings of various political parties, damaged the appearance of its building by fixing huge banners, posters and flags of their respective parties in different wards and at the entrances and exits of the hospital.

Moreover, they have carried out wall-chalking in wards, rooms and the boundary wall of the NICH. He said that the paramedics were seen indulging in direct interaction with patients to promote their respective parties.

He said that the hospital management tried numerous times to take steps to remove the banners, flags and graffiti but the paramedics held unlawful gatherings on the NICH premises to intimidate, insult, annoy the functionaries and threatened them with violence in case any action was taken against them.

The petitioner requested the court to restrain the paramedic staff and political activists from interfering, harassing and hindering the administration and functioning of the NICH. He also prayed to the court to direct the respondents to take action against the NICH staff involved in such activities.

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