One big hospital demanded for each Karachi town

Karachi: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has demanded establishment of at least one district headquarter level hospital in each of 18 towns of Karachi to cater the needs of population of this sprawling metropolitan.

Karachiites have been facing immense problems in getting affordable medical treatment, said Dr Qaiser Sajjad, as the city has just three big government medical hospitals to cater the needs of more than 24 million Karachiites. He said in last three decades not a single major government hospital has been established in Karachi in the government sector and the major tertiary care hospitals of the city, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and Abbassi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) are no more enough to meet even the emergency care needs of the city.

He said the PMA since long has been demanding to establish at least one district headquarter level hospital with trauma care facilities in each of the 18 towns of Karachi, but the policymakers of provincial health department do not agree with this genuine demand. He regretted there is no modern government-run trauma centre in a mega city like Karachi.

Two decades ago the provincial government had built a trauma centre multi-storied building near Safoora Goth behind the Ojha Campus of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), but instead of installing machinery and making it functional, the building was handed to private sector to run a general hospital.

The MPA leader said at least three big trauma centers are a must at Superhighway, National Highway and RCD Highway to save precious lives in case of serious highway accidents.

He said thickly populated localities of Karachi like Orangi Town and New Karachi urgently need a big government hospital like the JMPC or CHK. He said many people, especially critically wounded in violence incidents and road accidents die before they are shifted to the JPMC, CHK or ASH from the far-flung areas of the city. He said these precious lives could be saved if Karachi is given one district headquarter level hospital in its each town. He said the government’s plan to upgrade major government hospitals as teaching hospitals is still on the back burner despite passage of several years.

He said the PMA earnestly requests Sindh Governor, Sindh Chief Minister and Sindh Health Minister to take steps for establishment of one big hospital and trauma centre in each town of Karachi on urgent basis and necessary funds in this regard be released, besides the earmarking of land for these healthcare centers.

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