On Eid, when everyone is in hurry to reach their hometowns to celebrate with their loved ones, medical staff of three major hospitals have sacrificed their time.
They will stay on duty to ensure patients are sufficiently treated.
At Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC), Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) and Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), the administrations have put their emergency services on alert.
Medical staff residing in the city were told to be present on Eid, while those hailing from other parts of the province have been allowed leave.
“Around 260 of the nursing staff and 300 other employees have been deployed on duty for all three days of Eid, including many doctors,” Dr Muhammad Mukhtiar, acting Medical Superintendent of LRH, told The Express Tribune.
He said that more staff has been put on duty in the causality unit and doctors would be on call all day to provide timely treatment in emergency cases.
Dr Mukhtiar further said that deputy medical superintendents would work in two shifts and would monitor duties of the medical staff.
Public relations officer at KTH, Farhad Khan, said that the emergency unit had been given special concentration at the hospital and that none of their staff were granted leave to celebrate Eid outside the hospital premises.
“Any members of staff performing their duties on Eidul Fitr will be granted leave on Eidul Azha,” he said.
He added that around 70% patients had recently been discharged from the hospital, keeping in mind the nature of their diseases, as most of them wanted to celebrate Eid with their relatives.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.