SHC seeks comprehensive report on govt hospitals of famine-hit areas

KARACHI: While rejecting a report filed by health secretary on health facilities being provided at government hospitals in famine-hit desert of Sindh province, the Sindh High Court (SHC) directed him to file fresh comprehensive and detailed report along with relevant record. Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed a division bench of SHC, came down hard on provincial authorities for filing incomplete reports on relief and healthcare facilities provided to drought-affected people of Thar and their efforts geared towards improvement of healthcare facilities. Two-judge bench was seized with the hearing of three identical petitions pertaining to drought-hit Tharparkar. Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research and two other NGOs had gone to the court against Sindh government for turning deaf ear to sufferings of the drought-affected people of desert that resulted in deaths. At the outset of hearing, counsel for petitioner informed the court that its orders for providing relief and healthcare facilities to drought-hit people were not complied with as only NGOs were doing relief work in the affected areas. He said government wanted to constitute a commission for probe into Thar tragedy in accordance with its wishes to get favourable results.

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