Iron deficiency cases on rise in Karachi suburbs

KARACHI: Approximately 60 percent women and children are suffering from iron deficiency in Karachi suburbs due to poverty and low quality food, said Medical Superintendent, Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi Capt (retd) Qaiser Sultan on Saturday.

Talking to PPI, Dr Qaiser said Sindh Government New Karachi Hospital is situated in suburban area of Karachi and covers New Karachi, North Karachi, Surjani, Gadap, Manghopir and Hub area where approximately 60 percent women and children are suffering from iron deficiency.

He said 60 percent visiting women and children in hospital are living with anemia and other iron deficiencies. He said poverty and low quality food due to less purchasing power are the major causes of iron deficiency. He said malnutrition cases are also common in the children of these areas.

He said the number of visiting patients has been increasing day by day in this 100-beded hospital and around 1800 to 2000 patients visit various OPDs of hospital every day. He said health department has approved the expansion of hospital and 100 more beds will be added to it soon. He said infrastructure to house the additional beds in the healthcare has already been completed.

Dr Qaisar said around 40 posts of medical officers are lying vacant in the hospital and health department has already started posting of doctors to fill vacant seats. He said posts of specialist doctors including orthopedic, nephrologist, urologist and others are currently lying vacant in the hospital. He said there was no shortage of medicines in the healthcare.

He said all major OPDs services include Paeds, Eye, ENT, Gynecology, Cardiac, TB, Diabetics, and Dialysis as well as diagnostics facilities are available in the healthcare. He said two modern computerized X-ray machines have been inducted in the hospital in order to provide better diagnostic facilities to area people.

He said that currently 100 doctors are performing their duties but the hospital urgently needs 40 more medical officers to improve patient care. He said 200 paramedical, nurses and other administrative employees are also performing their duties in the hospital.

He said a School of Midwifery has already been established in the hospital. He said training of technicians is also held on regular basis in the healthcare. He said the hospital urgently needs an emergency service unit to cater the patients with emergency requirements.

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