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Health and Hospitals of Sindh

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Every day I see there are so many people in cold weather sleep under open sky outside Karachi’s different government hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Dr. Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital and other hospitals.

Rs. 114.14 billion annual budget for the health department government of Sindh and its increase upon year, but there is no any proper health facilities for residents of Sindh province.

There are no proper medical facilities across Sindh, so every day hundreds of poor patients come from different districts of Sindh in Karachi for better treatment at Karachi’s top government hospitals but unavailability of beds and other facilities doctors refuse them to go back their home.

They reached Karachi from many hurdles now how can they go back to their home without treatment or sometimes they give them a deadline of a couple of weeks, the patients already suffering from their disease, and they suppressed to live and sleep under the open sky in cold weather.

There are twenty-nine districts in Sindh and according to Sindh government department hospitals, dispensaries and laboratories are in different districts, Badin 167, Dadu 104, Ghotki 62, Hyderabad 162, Jacobabad 54, Jamshoro 69, Kambar at Shahdadkot 78, Karachi Central 48, Karachi East 59, Karachi Korangi 37, Karachi Malir 84, Karachi South 75, Karachi West 87, Kashmore at Kandhkot 69, Khairpur 204, Larkana 115, Matiari 54, Mirpurkhas 127, Naushero Feroze 114, Sanghar 112, Shaheed Benazirabad 147, Shikarpur 85, Sujawal 61, Sukkur 109, Tando Allahyar 59, Tando Muhammad Khan 44, Tharparkar 381, Thatta 56, Umerkot 147.

But there is no seems any health facilities in government hospitals and residents of Sindh province are suppressed to come at Karachi for better health facilities.

The conditions of government hospitals in Sindh the same as twenty years ago.

According to the report of the Sindh healthcare commission, the Sindh province has 41,082 beds in 7,651 health facilities for a population of 47.89 million.

This means one hospital bed for nearly 1,200 people. According to WHO data, in Pakistan on average only one hospital bed for 5,000 people and most concentrated in Karachi.

There are 7,651 medical facilities available in Sindh, as among as 1,770 or 23% are located in Karachi. The total number of 41,000 beds 40% means 16,482 beds located in Karachi.

According to Sindh health department data the total 15,000 doctors and 30,000 paramedics working in Sindh, means only three doctors and six paramedics for 10,000 people in Sindh province.

Only one burn injuries center in the entire province and that is located in Karachi Civil hospital.

Then how rest of the city’s patients get proper treatment in burn injuries? Dozens of infants and children died due to malnutrition and other diseases in many parts of Sindh province, particular in the Tharparkar district.

There are more than 11,520 dengue fever cases reported in Sindh and nearly 40 died due to dengue fever in 2019. 630 dog bite cases are being reported in the province and 20 died due to a shortage of anti-rabies vaccine in 2019.

Even no proper ambulance services facilities for residents of Sindh, however not profit organizations providing them health facilities.

There are so many no profit hospitals running in Sindh. Sindh government should have to make immediate health policies and provide good health facilities to residents of Sindh.

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