Qatar Hospital needs modern facilities

Karachi: Medical Superintendent (MS) Sindh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi Dr Syed Khalid Masood has said that the hospital, situated in the largest slum area of Asia, Orangi, urgently needs modern facilitates including neurosurgery, chest surgery and MRI machines so to provide better healthcare facilities to poor people of the area. He said that 410-bed Qatar hospital presently offers healthcare facilities including gynaecology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, vaccinations, orthopaedics and general surgery. He further said X-ray and ultrasound facilities are also available at the hospital. He said, however, the hospital does not have wards of neurosurgery and chest surgery. He said this healthcare institution lacks MRI machine and catheterization laboratory for heart disease tests. He said Qatar Hospital is largest government run healthcare centre that cater needs of more than 1 million people living in the Orangi Town. He said the attendance at the hospitals out-patient department (OPD) has increased up to 3700 patients per day. He said currently 800 staffers including doctors are serving at the hospital. He informed that Qatar Hospital was declared a teaching hospital in 2002 and affiliated with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Karachi, but unfortunately this teaching hospital status is yet to be implemented in letter and spirit. Dr Khalid informed that a new CT Scan machine was installed in the hospital about two months ago and hundreds of OPD and admitted patients are availing these services now. He said different surgeries are also carried out every Mondays and Thursdays. He said five medico-legal officers (MLO) are also posted in the hospital to handle the emergency and terrorism-related cases in hospital. He said summery had been sent to provincial government authorities for establishment of new neurosurgery, chest surgery wards, provision of MRI machine and the cath lab. 

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