Overflowing gutters in JPMC await govt attention

Karachi: Overflowing gutters at main entrance gate of emergency ward of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) not only needs special attention of authorities concerned, but also poses grave threat of diseases for already admitted patients in hospital. The JPMC administration instead of getting the chocked gutters opened had locked up the main gate. The filth on this important route to emergency ward has been persisting for one year and since them the gate also remains closed. The admitted patients and their attendants are facing great hardship in this regard.

An official requesting anonymity said the gate of road to the entrance of emergency ward had been closed after blast in Jinnah hospital on 5th February 2010 due to security reasons. He said overflowing sewerage water in front of Neurology Ward-28, Epilepsy Ward, Psychology Department and Emergency Ward is a serious issue but the administration does not care to remove this filth and give this major hospital a respectable and hygienic look.

He said it seems that the administration has turned the blind eye to the issue as despite the passage of one year no step has been taken to open the chocked gutters and removing the filth despite the fact that the hospital has an army of sanitary workers on its payroll.

A cobbler, who has established his small shop illegally near the Police Post of JPMC informed that the gutters located at entrance point of emergency ward have been overflowing since last one year, but no one cares.

President Infection Control Society of Pakistan (ICSP) Dr Muhammad Rafeeq Khanani talking to PPI said sewerage water is a breading point for mosquitoes and houseflies which may cause Hepatitis A-C besides several other diseases.

He said it is unfortunate that sewerage system of one of major hospitals of Karachi like JMPC could not be maintained for past on year. He said there is also high risk of spread of malaria disease in patients, attendants and hospital staff. He informed that houseflies may also further aggravate the infections of patients admitted in hospital.

He urged the JPMC administration to carry out spray in hospital on daily basis and ensure proper maintenance and dewatering of sewerage in the hospital.

Joint Director and In-charge Emergency Ward JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, when contacted, put blamed on Karachi Cantonment Board (KBC) for not maintaining the sewerage system of hospital despite repeated complaints and requests.

She said JPMC administration has informed the high-ups about overflowing gutters in hospital time and again but in vain. She hoped that sewerage system of the hospital would be improved soon.

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