PTI leader berates hospital that could 'make even a healthy person fall ill'

Health bureaucracy embezzles the budget and the poor are left to die or visit expensive private facilities, says Naqvi


Our Correspondent January 21, 2019
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HYDERABABD: The opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, exposed the civil hospital in Tando Allahyar district after visiting the health facility on Sunday.

"This hospital is indeed nothing more than a clinic," he commented while talking to the media. "It's stinking to high heaven and the stench can even make a healthy person fall ill."

Naqvi pointed out that the paediatric and maternity wards at the hospital were non-functional, adding that the hospital also lacked specialist doctors besides an anaesthetist and a sonologist.

He shared that the medical superintendent informed him that they receive Rs10 million as monthly budget to provide free medicines to patients. However, the opposition leader claimed that he found the hospital's pharmacy lacking many prescribed medicines.

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"The health bureaucracy embezzles the entire budget and the poor patients are either left to die a slow death without medical treatment or to go to the expensive private healthcare facilities," he observed.

During his visit, several patients and attendants complained to him about the missing facilities. Naqvi also visited Tando Allahyar town and found the city devoid of cleanliness, effective drainage system and lacking urban infrastructure.

"If Tando Allahyar city is in such a poor state, what will be the condition of the district's smaller rural towns and villages?" he wondered.

The leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Tando Allahyar chapter, advocate Ali Palh, said that for the third consecutive day, the party continued its hunger strike against narcotics, but still the local authorities were not bothered to take action against drug peddlers.

"The sale of narcotics has become an epidemic in Tando Allahyar. All people, young and old, are becoming its victim because of its easy availability," he said.

He blamed the local politicians and the police for the issue and accused them of involvement with the drug peddlers.

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