Encroachments, traffic jams torment ASH patients, attendants

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The encroachments and illegal parking of vehicles outside Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) is causing inconvenience to visiting patients, attendants, and medical staff, reliable sources at ASH said on Monday.

They informed that all the linked roads leading to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) major hospital have been encroached by medical stores and private ambulances in connivance with the KMC officials.

They said the rickshaw and taxi drivers have also established their permanent stands around the hospital in connivance with local police and KMC officials.

They said the encroachments not only cause hindrance in the movement of ambulances carrying patients but also create problems to people rushing to the hospital’s emergency. The private rescue organisations have also set up ambulance counters outside the hospital’s entrance gate which is also tormenting.

The KMC administration has failed to remove such encroachments as the encroachers are allegedly backed by the local police and KMC officials.

The roads leading to the hospital have also been encroached by the vendors on permanent basis. Sources said around 2,500 to 3,000 patients visit different OPDs of healthcare everyday which face problems due to constant road blockage and encroachments.

ASH Medical Superintendent Dr Azfar Moid said the hospital administration has requested the high-ups of traffic police to depute traffic officials outside the hospital on permanent basis so as to ensure smooth functioning of traffic in rush hours. He said traffic jams have become a routine matter in rush hours.

He said the administration has no role in establishing ambulance counters and allowing parking of vehicles outside the healthcare.