Karachi: Around 22 posts of Medico- Legal Officers (MLOs) are lying vacant in different government runs hospitals of Karachi from last two years adversely affecting medico-legal department functioning at healthcares.
This was informed by Police Surgeon Karachi Dr Jalil Qadir while talking to the media men at his office. He said about 22 seats MLOs of grade-17 are lying vacant in different teaching and small hospitals of Karachi from last two years over variety of reasons.
He explained that pressure from heirs and harassment on MLOs by some politically backed groups at government-run hospitals during duty are major factor behind reluctance of doctors to join medico-legal department. He said these vacant seats are hindering different government hospital administrations to make properly functional their medico-legal departments.
He informed that medico-legal departments have been established in nine government-run hospitals of Karachi to handle terrorism-related and emergency cases, out of them only three major hospitals are handling such cases, while tow -level hospitals are still not ready to conduct post-mortems despite having such facility due to security risk or shortage of trained staff.
Dr Jalil Qadir said there are five seats allocated for each hospital for medico-legal department including one post for grade-19, two seats of grade-18 and three seats reserved for grade-17 officers. He said medico-legal department was established in nine hospitals including Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Sindh Government Hospital Qatar Orangi Town and other hospitals.
He said 22 MLOs posts of grade-17 have been lying vacant fort last two years in Karachi including four women MLOs seats adversely affecting medico-legal department functioning. He informed that provincial government had posted some doctors on MLOs seats to meet= the shortage but majority of doctors did not join the duties over security risk or fear.
Police surgeon Karachi said with the efforts of Secretary Sindh Iqbal Hussain Durrani medico-legal departments at Sindh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi town and Sindh Government Hospital Korangi town have made functional recently. He said eight postmortem were also carried out in these two hospitals in a month.
He hoped that MLOs vacancies would be filled soon in Karachi. He said people should realize the fact that postmortem could not carried without a police report. He said torture on MLOs during postmortem or delay in preparing medico-legal report need to be ended.