Encroachments, overflowing gutters irk patients at Sobhraj Hospital


KARACHI: Encroachments, illegal parking and overflowing gutters around Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s Sobhraj Maternity Hospital are causing serious inconvenience to patients, their attendants and medical staff.

A senior official of Sobhraj Matrnity Hospital on condition of anonymity said illegal parking, book stalls, cabins and cobbler shops on footpath outside the main entrance gate of hospitals cause grave inconvenience to visiting patients, their attendants, doctors and other medical staff. The ambulance drivers also face great hardship to shift patients with emergency needs to the hospital in rush hours.

The choked sewerage lines in the area have added further miseries for the patients and medical staff. This area often faces the menace of overflowing gutters which also result in damage to streets.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation anti-encroachment team has failed to remove enforcement around Sindh largest maternity care hospital.

The sources said that the hospital administration has sent several requests to anti-encroachment cell for removal of encroachments around the hospital to ensure smooth flow of ambulances and other vehicles but unfortunately no action has been taken in this regard so far. The sanitation staff is also not properly maintaining gutter lines, while heaps of garbage dumped outside the main entrance gate of hospital are seldom lifted regularly by municipal staff.

A visit to the hospital tells volumes about the apathy of civic authorities towards hygienic and sanitary conditions of this tertiary-care center that caters the needs of a vast area of the city. However, sadly the authorities concerned are not paying head to resolve these issues.

The street leading to the hospital has also damaged at several places due to presence of stagnant sewerage water. It badly needs repair and replacement of the broken sewerage line along this street.

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s Senior Director Medical Services, Dr Salma Kausar when contacted said the hospital management had not complained about the encroachments and choked sewerage line so far. She said explanation would be sought from the medical superintendent of the hospital in this regard.