6 paediatricians of Larkana sent to Thar

Ratodero, Sindh: On the directives of Sindh Health Secretary, six paediatricians of Basic Scale 17 & 18 working in Paediatrics Wards of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, have been directed to report to the District Health Officer, Tharparkar to give medical cover to poor ailing patients of that famine-hit district of Sindh province.

These doctors include Dr. Jawaid Akhtar s/o Shah Muhammad Shaikh, Registrar, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali s/o Barkat Ali Mangi, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Sharafuddin s/o Ghulam Muhammad Panhwar, MO, Dr. Mumtaz Ali Soomro s/o Muhammad Koral, MO, Dr. Muhammad Panah s/o Muhammad Yaqoob Brohi, MO, and Dr. Abdul Hameed s/o Noor Muhammad Tunio, Registrar.

Sources said that over two hundred posts of doctors of various scales have been lying vacant in this largest teaching hospital of upper Sindh for long due to which the doctors posted here are already overburdened. Even Medico Legal Officers are not available as per the sanctioned strength of the hospital and there is no women Medico Legal Officers and other doctors are performing these duties on 15-dayrotation basis.

The hospital authorities have written many letters to the Health Department for filling the vacant posts through Sindh Public Service Commission but in vain. Ironically the salary of all the vacant posts is always annually released by the finance department and during quarterly reconciliation the amount is shown non-utilized and spent by the hospital administration elsewhere.

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