Vacant seats of neurologists await authorities’ attention


Karachi: Neurosurgery Departments in different government-run teaching hospitals are non-functional due to shortage of neurologists in Sindh province. According the health departments sources, there is acute shortage of neurologists in province and most seats are laying vacant in different tertiary care hospitals in province. They said shortage of neurologists creates problems for patients as only one neurologist is available for every 48,000 to 60,000 patients in the province.

They informed that there are four seats of neurologists in Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) out of which two seats are laying vacant; there are three seats in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) out of them two are vacant, while one neurologist is available at Karachi Medical & Dental Collage. They said patients brought to hospitals with brain injuries and several other neurological diseases face problems due to shortage of neurologists.

They said similar situation is there in interior Sindh as only one neurologist is available at Chandka Medical College Larkana, out of two seats one is laying vacant in Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro and only one neurologist is available in People University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women at Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah).

They said some private hospitals of Karachi offer the services of neurology but their charges are out of reach of common people.

Secretary General Pakistan Medical (PMA) Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, when contacted, said some fault in our healthcare system compel trained neurologists to leave the country. He said shortage of neurologists in teaching hospitals has increased burden of neurological disease including epilepsy and Perkins in society.

He said serious efforts are needed to fill the shortage of doctors and there is dire need of adopting positive attitude towards medical fraternity to improve overall situation.

PMA leader Dr S M Qaisar Sajjad said shortage of neurologists in teaching hospitals is a big tragedy. He said if vacant seats could not be filled soon then burden of neurological disease would surge in the province in the days to come.

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