Vascular surgery ward at CHK remains closed

Karachi: The vascular surgery ward of Civil Hospital (CHK) has been closed by the administration due to the non-availability qualified doctors, awaiting the attention of authorities concerned.

Hospital sources told PPI that the in-charge vascular surgery ward Prof Dr Sohail went on long leave about two years ago and the CHK administration failed to arrange another specialist doctor. Resultantly, this important ward went closed as the Dow University Health Sciences (DUHS) did not provide an alternate professor to run it.

They said around 50 to 70 patients used to visit the vascular surgery ward on daily basis, but now this 50-beds ward remains closed. All patients with vascular surgery requirements are now referred to private hospitals, where the treatment of vascular surgical problems is very costly.

Medical Superintendent (MS) of CHK Prof Muhammad Saeed Qureshi, when contacted, said DUHS administration could not provide the specialist doctors of vascular surgery to run this very important ward. He said the CHK administration is ready to reopen ward after the provision of specialist doctors for this vacant post.

However, Vice-Chancellor DUHS Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan told PPI that the head of vascular surgery had applied for leave, but he never joined his duty after completion of his leave period. He said strict disciplinary action would be taken against him.

He said there is a court order straining him for postings and transfers in the university as VC of DUHS; therefore, advertisement for vacant post could not be announced to fulfil the requirements so far.

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