Children’s Hospital up-gradation to complete by month end

KARACHI: Sindh Government Children Hospital North Karachi Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS), Dr Kausar Fatima, has said that up-gradation of hospital would be completed by end of the month in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), where bed facilities had been expanded to 250 with completion of new project.She told that the hospital would be able to accommodate 250 patients at a time and would also provide facilities such as operation theatres, medical and surgical ICUs, nursery, incubators, ventilator unit, surgery facilities, orthopaedic unit, MRI, CT scan diagnosis unit as well as treatment of other child diseases.She said this project was aimed at providing advanced paediatric care and the hospital would become second largest children healthcare institution after National Institute of Child Hospital (NICH) in the city.Fatima said this hospital had only 50 beds and poor equipment but after this project, it will have 250 beds and good quality equipment that would improve its services. She said that the administration has forwarded summary to Sindh government for recruiting new staff including doctors and paramedics before the completion of project.Fatima said that the attendance of Outpatient Department (ODP) had increased to 1000 every day and with completion of this project, the number of OPD patients would double in near future.The deputy said that different departments of hospital were running successfully in the hospital like ENT, vaccination centre, dental, laboratory, nutrition department and X-ray ultrasound.She said there was acute shortage of trained paramedical staff in hospitals and various posts were lying vacant in children hospitals. She said nursing department was also non-functional due to shortage of staff. She also mentioned the incubators and ventilator facilities that were available in hospitals but unfortunately; there was dire need of trained staff to run these healthcare affairs smoothly. She informed there was no shortage of medicine in hospital and stock of drugs was enough to cater to over 1000 patients on daily basis. Dr Fatima said that load shedding had adversely affected the routine operational work of hospital and generator could not fulfil the energy crises of healthcare. 

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