Shortage of MLOs impacts prosecution

KARACHI: Six government-run hospitals of Karachi urgently need the services of Medico-legal Officers (MLO) to handle emergency and terrorism-related cases. According to official sources, only Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) have MLOs. The sources said the MLO report, containing the cause, time and nature of death, compiled on an official form at the time of autopsy, provides the basis for a court case, carrying an impact on the trial and final decision. Hospitals missing the MLOs include Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad, Sindh Government Hospital Saudabad, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital Orangi Town and Sindh Government Hospital Karachi Korangi. Currently, there are five MLOs deployed at the JPMC, while two seats are vacant; two MLOs are working in CHK, where three posts are laying vacant and three MLOs are discharging duties in ASH, where two positions are vacant. According to a Health Department report around 3,500 post mortems are carried out, while 30,000 certificates are issued in other cases annually. 

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