Karachi:,,, The Isolation Ward of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) has been shut down by the administration over non-availability of qualified doctors to attend the patients with infectious diseases.
Reliable hospital sources told PPI on condition of anonymity that In-charge of Isolation Ward had quit job few years ago after which hospital authorities silently shut down the ward due to non-availability of infectious diseases specialist.
He explained that the Isolation Ward was a separate healthcare unit of CHK which used to provide treatment to isolate patients suffering from infectious diseases.
He said now dozens of patients with infectious diseases were being referred to private hospitals after the closure of that precious ward with OPD service.
Medical Superintendent CHK Prof Muhammad Saeed Qureshi said Dow University Health Sciences (DUHS) administration could not provide specialist doctors for infectious diseases for ward, therefore, the ward was closed in hospital. He said CHK administration was ready to reopen the ward after the provision of specialist doctors.
Vice Chancellor DUHS Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan said posting of specialist doctor in Isolation Ward was the responsibility of CHK administration. He said:“The ward could also be run through general surgeons if the CHK administration shows sincerity in this regard.”