Upper Sindh largest teaching hospital goes with 40-years-old OT

LARKANA: The Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Chandka Medical College Hospital & Benazir Bhutto Medical University (BBMU), Larkana, has requested the government that 40-years old operation theatre of the department be replaced, as it is so small that doctors & anaesthetists face a lot of problems while carrying out surgeries.

In a letter dated: March 03, 2013 addressed to the Medical Superintendent of the CMC Hospital, Dr. Partab Rai, Chairman of the Department, said that they are facing difficulty in operating the patients, children under general anaesthesia and adults under local anaesthesia, simultaneously.

He said that a suitable plot is also available adjacent to the existing eye department where a new OT can be constructed for the benefit of the patients. This new proposal costing Rs40 million was sent on March 28, 2013 by the CMCH MS to the Sindh Health Department in Karachi for inclusion in the ADP schemes of 2013-14 but the same was declined due to paucity of funds.

The existing single-room OT is having three operation tables and Ophthalmology Ward consists of 68 male/female beds which is catering to the needs of poor patients of upper Sindh districts but without proper OTs mostly operations are delayed or postponed for want of space.

Sources said that recently, the Ophthalmology Department Chairman used his personal contacts and approached the Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Shah, when he arrived to visit Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on January 05, 2014, to participate in an event and apprised him about the dilapidated condition of the almost half-century old OT.

The Chief Minister listened attentively to the doctor and ordered in writing to the Additional Chief Secretary (P&D), Government of Sindh, Karachi, that “Eye OT may be established early” but till to-date nothing has been done which shows that even during the next ADP this most vital scheme will not be included and how the Chief Minister’s directives are dealt with by the bureaucracy.

The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Safiullah Abbasi, again sent a letter to the Health Secretary requesting to make an urgent arrangement of the new operation theatre under block allocation 2013-14 but the same is still pending. The patients have also demanded that the eye department of this largest teaching hospital of the upper Sindh be upgraded and equipped with better surgical facilities.

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