LARKANA: As many as 461 patients died in eight months from March to October 2015 in the Accident & Emergency Centre, which is also called Casualty, of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, out of which 316 were males, 133 females and 12 children.
As many as 159,385 patients were examined during these eight months at the Casualty out of which 85,196 were males, 57,154 were females and 17,035 were children. As many as 11,888 males. 6051 females and 1164 children were admitted in the requisite wards for treatment of various ailments & surgeries.
As many as 1431 medico-legal cases of males, 107 of females and 32 of children were reported here during the same period and referred MLCs of other districts including Larkana were 1374 of males, 138 of females and 40 of children. In all as many as 182,071 patients arrived here within the stipulated period which shows the rush of the patients this hospital is catering to. In the month of March 2015, as many as 17977 patients were examined, in April 20,705, May 22,814, June 22,267, July 23,486, August 28,036, September 24,335 and October 22,451.
These official figures prove that the patients are constantly rising that’s why they keep on coming in CMCH to save their lives. It also shows that the poor patients are well taken care of here but complaints are also pouring in that the services rendered by the doctors, paramedics are not up to the mark including those of the senior post-graduate doctors serving under Chandka Medical College, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) and the CMCH has negligible modern equipment, instruments & machineries essentially required to provide state of the art facilities.
There are also complaints that as many 170 posts of medics from BPS-17 to 20 are lying vacant along with over 95 posts of staff nurses. Paramedical staff posts are also vacant for which Sindh Government has already been approached to lift ban on fresh recruitments as LB elections have already been held here. The post of Chief Casualty Medical Officer (BS-20) is also vacant since long and all gazetted posts should be filled on merit to establish good governance through Sindh Public Service Commission as per rules.
CMCH Medical Superintendent, Capt. Dr. Munir Ahmed Jokhio, said that gunshot and road accident injured directly arrive at Casualty most of them are brought in critical condition along with other aged patients. He said emergency treatment is always provided to these patients most of them survive and shifted to concerned wards and few lose their lives. He said that vacancies of medics & paramedics should be filled on priority basis to further improve services.