No political flags, banners allowed inside Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, directs mayor

Wasim Akhtar wants improvements in cleanliness and sanitation of the hospital


Our Correspondent May 28, 2018
The mayor spoke to patients at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and assured them that their issues would be resolved soon. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: Being a medical facility, no political activities should be allowed within the premises of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, including hoisting flags and placing banners and posters.

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said this while paying an unscheduled visit to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and its trauma centre on Sunday. He urged the doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital to bring improvements in the provision of medical facilities to patients.  The mayor also expressed his dissatisfaction over the state of cleanliness at the hospital. He directed that cleanliness at the hospital be improved immediately.

Akhtar was accompanied by District Municipal Corporation (DMC) Central Chairperson Rehan Hashmi, DMC Central Vice-Chairperson Syed Shakir Ali, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Senior Medical Services Director Dr Birbal and other officers.

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During the visit, Akhtar inspected facilities provided at various wards and sections of the hospital, including the emergency ward, medical ward, surgical ward and trauma centre that is currently being renovated.

The mayor was irked by the unsatisfactory sanitation conditions at the hospital. He directed the officers concerned to take immediate action to improve sanitation. He also met patients and their attendants and inquired about facilities being provided to them at the hospital.

Akhtar assured the patients that all their problems would be resolved. He also announced that the honorarium for doctors would be paid within the next two days.

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Abbasi Shaheed Hospital provides low-cost and high-quality medical treatment and diagnosis facilities to the citizens of Karachi, the mayor said. He, however, admitted that there was a need for improvement in the hospital so that patients could avail better facilities. Akhtar was of the view that people belonging to the under-privileged and middle classes visited the hospital to receive medical help.  He asked the hospital staff and administration to ensure that patients were satisfied with the treatment they received.

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