SHC asks, health secy, police to remove wall chalking from hospital

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday directed the health secretary and area police to ensure removal of all wall-chalking, banners and posters of different political parties from the premises of National Institute of Child Health.

A division bench of SHC directed the SHO of police station concerned to take action in accordance with law when any complaint is registered by the administration of the hospital. While disposing off the petition, the court asked them to submit compliance reports by January 20.

These directions came on a petition filed by Javed Iqbal Burki who had gone to the court, stating the NICH, a 500-bed public hospital, was defaced by the wall-chalking, banners and posters of different political parties.

The petitioner said that some NICH paramedic staff, most of them members of the medical wings of various political parties, damaged the appearance of its building by fixing huge banners, posters and flags of their respective parties in different wards and at the entrances and exits of the hospital.

Moreover, they have carried out wall-chalking in wards, rooms and the boundary wall of the NICH. He said that the paramedics were seen indulging in direct interaction with patients to promote their respective parties.

He said that the hospital management tried numerous times to take steps to remove the banners, flags and graffiti but the paramedics held unlawful gatherings on the NICH premises to intimidate, insult, annoy the functionaries and threatened them with violence in case any action was taken against them.

The petitioner requested the court to restrain the paramedic staff and political activists from interfering, harassing and hindering the administration and functioning of the NICH. He also prayed to the court to direct the respondents to take action against the NICH staff involved in such activities.

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