Security arrangements at CHK need improvement

Karachi: The theft of motorcycles and kidnapping of babies are frequently reported from Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) as its private security has failed to control increasing trend of crimes in the hospital premises, particularly during the rush hours.

Overall the security arrangements are poor in all government-run hospitals of Karachi despite the installation of Closed-Circuit Cameras and hiring private security guards.

A senior official of CHK on condition of anonymity said a two-year girl was kidnapped from hospital premises last week and later recovered from Sohrab Goth area. Similarly, such kidnapping cases were also reported from National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and other hospitals in past.

He said illegal parking of motorbikes, free roaming of vendors inside wards and unchecked attendants indicate that there was no proper security arrangement in government hospitals to avoid any untoward situation.

He said administration of CHK has hired security guards from a private company for protection of staff and improvement of overall security situation but unfortunately 50 percent of these hired guards simply do not perform their duties but loiter in the presses.

A police picket was also established in the hospital premises where four to five policemen were present in rush hours but they were not authorized to interrupt in security affairs of hospital.

Illegal parking and encroachment are major issues of the CHK. Some encroacher have even also established their stalls in front of Emergency Ward and Outpatient Departments(OPDs) which cause nuisance to patients and also create hurdles in shifting of emergency patients.

The source said administrated has changed the private security companies twice due to their failure in handling the security situation but in vain.

Station House Officer (SHO) Eidgah Police Station Aamir Altaf, when contacted, said kidnapping and other crimes in civil hospital Karachi was local issue and such incidents could happen in any healthcare centre.

He informed that the police had introduced community policing in the hospital to curb crimes and also placed awareness posters in 24 different locations of the CHK in Urdu and Sindh languages.

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