Nursing students deprived of food facility

KARACHI: About 100 female nursing students of School of Nursing Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) Karachi are not being provided food from Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) since last seven months over KMC financial crises and nursing students have been compelled to arrange food on their own in a hostel.

Sources at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said Karachi Metropolitan Corporation administration had stopped supply of food to School of Nursing ASH students in September 2014 and since then about 100 nursing students residing in nursing hostel had been deprived of three-time food which was earlier provided to these students on daily basis.

The School of Nursing institution was established in 1974 and since then hundreds of female nursing students were working in various national and international healthcare institutions after completion of their four-year diploma in nursing. The government has sanctioned 100 seats of nurses and currently, 97 students are enrolled in institution out of which 30 are Muslim.

The sources said KMC pays 3000 stipend to each nursing students on monthly basis after deducting Rs 300 from each students in account of meal every month but KMC administration has stopped supply of food to institution since past few month due to its financial crises.

They informed that faculty members of School of Nursing are also awaiting promotions since several years and authorities concerned are not paying any head towards nursing teachers’ issues.

In-charge School of Nursing Mess, Madam Ishrat Jehan, when contacted, said nursing students were facing great hardship in arranging three-time food in hostel as high-ups had stopped supply of food to them due to some unknown reasons since September 2014.

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