Karachi: Medical wings of political parties have converted the Sindh’s largest children healthcare National Institute of Child Health (NICH) Karachi into political pitch by installing huge banners, party flags and posters of their leaders in the premises of institution while administration seemed to be hapless in front of powerful activists.
A reliable source in the hospital on condition of anonymity said medical wings of different political parties had totally changed the atmosphere of NICH and had turned it into political arena rather than healthcare..
He said activists of medical wings of political parties installed huge banners, posters and party flags of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Pakistan Muslim League (Functional) and Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) in different wards and entrances or exit of hospital. He said wall chalking were also visible in wards and institution had turned into party secretariat.
Sources said no any place of NICH was spared from these banners and posters. He said this malpractices had been seen in all other hospitals of Karachi city, but situation in NICH was worst as compared to other hospitals of city. He said institution atmosphere had badly been disturbed due to cold attitude of relevant authorities.
He informed that 700 to 800 patient visits different Outpatient Department of NICH for treatment on daily basis and 18,000 children get treatment every month in institution. He said whenever administration takes a step to remove the politically installed banners the activists start hue and cry against administration.
He demanded of Health Minister Sindh and Executive Director NICH to take action against staff members damaging the institution reputation in public eyes.
Central leader of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said health institutors and dispensaries should be freed from politics as they provide treatment to all segments of society without any discrimination. He said PMA had clear stance on issue that the health institutions should be spared from all kind of political interferences.
He said health institutions should be utilized for health facilities. He appealed to the medical wings of political parties to voluntarily remove all the party flags, posters, banners and wall chalking in better interest of public health and revival of institution atmosphere.
Executive Director NICH Prof Jamal Raza was not available on phone despite repeated attempts and text messages.
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