As many as 303 gazetted posts are lying vacant at the largest tertiary care hospital of upper Sindh known as Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) due to which its working has been very badly affected resulting in hardships for the poor ailing patients that arrive from 12 districts.
Despite imposing health emergency, the working of the healthcare system has not yet been improved in the province and poor have to bear the burden of getting treatment at private medical centres which are flourishing at high speed.
According to details, 85 posts of Medical Officers of BPS-17 are vacant out of 223 whereas only 138 are posted. There are 187 posts of BPS-18 out of which 119 are working. 39 posts of BPS-19 are vacant out of 83 whereas only 44 are filled and two posts of BPS-20 are lying vacant out of 11 sanctioned since long which include Medical Superintendent, Chief CMO, Police Surgeon.
As many as 106 posts of Staff Nurses of BPS-16 are also vacant out of 153 sanctioned and only 47 are posted due to which nursing care is almost none in this 1500-bed capacity hospital. 188 posts of sanitary workers are also vacant since years due to which cleanliness has been very seriously affected.
In past, as many as 58 white collar Muslim persons were recruited as sanitary workers who are working in other departments and 158 various employees are working at the residences of various influential political and former MSs of the Hospital.
A BPS-19 officer Dr. Muzaffar Ali Chandio alias Adeeb Chandio has been given DDO powers by the health Department instead of posting a senior doctor to properly manage the affairs of the Hospital.
SNE of six most important departments has not yet been approved which too has created lot of problems which include Burns Ward which was constructed six years ago, Neuro-Science Complex, Dermatology Department, Dental Department, Accident and Emergency Centre and Oncology Department.
Daily CMCH OPD is visited by approximately 5000 patients and about 200 operations are carried out every day in the hospital.
Dr Adeeb Chandio told reporters here on Saturday that they have written to the Health Department for recruiting doctors and staff nurses on merit through Sindh Public Service Commission and grating permission to make appointments on vacant posts of paramedics to overcome shortage but the same is still awaited adding SNEs are also pending approval.
He said that Lithotripsy machine has been made functional which remained closed for months and repair of old ambulances is being made adding RO plant of dialysis section has also been made functional. He also urged for enhancing annual budget allocation of the CMCH to cater to the increasing rush of patients as they arrive here from more than 12 districts.
Meanwhile, Health Department has sent Chinese and local expert engineers to computerize the entire record of the CMCH and also to install bio-metric system to check the attendance of medics and paramedics.
The team is busy in carrying out survey of all departments of the CMCH which are scattered at five different places of Larkana. From OPD slip, admission in wards to operation of a patient everything will be computerized.
It will be automatically checked which patient received which treatment, medicines and whether doctors visited him/her or not and what laboratory tests were conducted.
In this regard Dr Adeeb Chandio further said that computers will be provided to the staff nurses, doctors and paramedics so that entire data of the patients is fed there which can be monitored by senior doctors at anytime. He said the ghost employees will also be taken to task and if they continued to remain absent then they will be removed from the jobs.