Upper Sindh’s largest hospital CMCH faces multifarious problems


LARKANA: The largest teaching hospital of upper Sindh, Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), is facing multifarious problems, including lack of modern-day facilities and technical staff, which need to be resolved on an emergency basis.

Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Inayatullah Kandhro informed the Sindh chief minister in a letter that out of 117 sanctioned posts, as many as 88 are filled and 29 are vacant which include 17 posts of medico-legal officers and 12 medical officers of BS-17.

He demanded 40 additional posts of same categories. He further wrote that out of 370 sanctioned posts, 33 posts of paramedics are vacant which include six posts of OT Technicians, five dressers, two lab technicians, three dialysis technicians, all of BS-9, 13 chowkidars and 33 sanitary workers, both of BS-2.

He also demanded 215 additional posts of same categories due to the expansion of the hospital.

The MS further wrote that 10 ambulances, five digital X-Ray machines, each of 500mA, CR System, one CT Scan for Urology, two lithotripsy machines, five ultrasound machines with printers, 1,000 iron beds, foam mattresses and bedside lockers are also urgently required.

In civil structure, he further wrote that construction of dialysis ward, new modern operation theatre complex and construction of new labour complex at Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women are also required. He further demanded that SEPCO may be asked to provide separate VIP line to CMCH for uninterrupted power supply.

In yet another letter addressed to the CMCH MS, Prof Malik Hussain Jalbani, Head of Urology Department, demanded immediate supply of two C. Arm (Fluoroscope), three each LED OT lights, tables and anaesthesia machines with ventilators, five pulse oximeters with ECG monitors, two URS and 15 other instruments.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department head has demanded to provide on priority basis six dispensers and ward servant, three ward boys, OT and dental technicians, female nursing staff, six sweepers and three peons for properly functioning of the ward.

These are just the requirements of two departments; the hospital as whole faces an acute shortage of not only modern machinery and equipment but also trained qualified manpower, including doctors to accurately manage the wards.