Karachi: Surgical Building of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) has become parking lot for staff and visitors as majority of them parked their motorcycles there, causing serious inconvenience to patients and their attendants.
Sources at JPMC said main surgical building of healthcare had become parking place of motorcycles as staff and visitors have been parking their motorbikes in the building while administration seemed to be hapless. The security guards deployed in healthcare are unable to stop staff members from this menace.
They said dozens of motorcycles were being parked inside the surgical building on daily basis that created serious inconvenience to patients and their attendants. The rescue workers and attendants of patients were also facing great hardship in shifting of patients into different wards due illegal parking of motorcycles.
The JPMC administration had placed banners in different locations in main surgical building with clear instructions that the owners of bikes would be treated strictly and handed over to police for parking their motorcycles inside the building. But unfortunately, the administration has still not taken any practical step to stop illegal parking of bikes in the hospital.
The sources said the administration had allocated specific parking area for staff and visiting patient vehicles but the staff preferred parking their motorcycles and cars inside or outside the departments in fear of theft of vehicles from parking area. Similar practice could be seen in other departments of JPMC like eye, chest, oncology, nephrology and blood banks where the employees had parked their motorcycles inside departments building.
The illegal parking of motorcycles and cars inside or outside the various departments has badly affected health delivery system in major hospital of Karachi. The rescue workers and attendants have faced great hardship during shifting of patients from emergency to wards.
President JPMC Doctors Association Dr Javed Akhter Jamali when contacted said illegal parking of bikes inside the surgical building was causing serious incontinence to patients. He said administration should take strict action against employees who parked their motorcycles inside the department building.
He said bikes should be parked in parking area and administration should take strict action against staff members who were not following the instructions of high-ups in this regards. Executive Director JPMC Dr Tasneem Ehsan was not available for comment on phone.