KARACHI: Over 450 posts of doctors are lying vacant in Sindh government hospitals in Karachi, causing great inconvenience to patients, source at Sindh health department told PPI on Wednesday.
They said about 450 seats of doctors are vacant in seven big and small hospitals, dispensaries and healthcare units established across the city.
These posts are vacant in Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad, Sindh Government Children Hospital North Karachi, Sindh Government Hospital Qatar Orangi Town, Sindh Government Hospital Korangi, Sindh Government Hospital Saudabad, Sindh Govt Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi, dispensaries and other healthcare units.
The shortage of healthcare practitioners in the metropolitan is not only causing great inconvenience to the patients but also putting extra-burden on other healthcare institutes.
Central leader Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr SM Qaiser Sajjad said the number of visiting patients is increasing day by day and the government hospitals must be equipped with operation theaters, OPD services, medicines and specialists doctors to deal with patient load.
He informed that as per World Health Organization a doctors can deal 1200 patients but in Pakistan a health practitioner is providing treatment facilities to over 3,000 patients owing to shortage of doctors in the country. He said this is why burden of work is increasing on existing doctors in Pakistan and also in Sindh province.
He demanded of the authorities concerned to fill the shortage of healthcare practitioners in public healthcares in order to improve patients’ care. He said doctors should be hired on merit so that they will perform their duties with honesty and dedication.
Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz when contacted said a summery has already been moved to the health department for hiring of new doctors to fill vacant posts of doctors in the city.