Allied Hospital’s gynae depts facing beds shortage

Pakistani family members hold their children suffer from measles, admitted at a local hospital in Sukkar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Measles cases surged in Pakistan in 2012 with hundreds of children dying of the disease, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Pakistani officials in recent days say they have launched an immunization campaign to reach children in the worst-hit areas. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Patients and attendants have strongly protested over shortage of beds in the gynaecology departments of the Allied Hospitals (AH) in Rawalpindi.

The gynaecology dept of AH have 205 beds but most of the time over 350 female patients share the beds, causing problem for mothers and the new born. Most female patients are often turned back as beds always remain occupied.

A source said that the gynaecology department at the Holy Family has 108 beds but over 200 women share the beds on a daily basis. Similarly, the gynaecology department in Benazir Bhutto Hospital has 55 beds, where two to three women share one bed. Likewise, the gynaecology department of the District Headquarters Hospital has 42 beds, where the situation is no different.

When contacted, a senior official of the management said that several requests have been made to higher authorities for expanding the gyny depts but their requests have fell on deaf ears. “Despite inadequate facilities we don’t want to send any patient back,” the official claimed while requesting anonymity. “Keeping more than one women on one bed is our compulsion and citizens should also cooperate with us,” he said.