PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’s instructions to bring change in three tertiary care hospitals of the city have compelled hospital chiefs to take practical steps in order to provide treatment to patients at minimum cost and improve sanitation.
“Soon after the CM’s orders, we forwarded a proposal to the provincial health department for a non-annual development programme and pointed out what we needed to create a suitable environment for doctors and patients alike.” Khyber Teaching Hospital Chief Executive Dr Umer Ayub told The Express Tribune.
Ayub added his hospital needed to install new equipment in order to provide timely treatment to patients. “We have asked the health department to provide us this equipment.”
He said the main focus would be on providing free medicines to all patients visiting the hospital, for which funds in addition to the annual allocated budget were required.
Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) chief Dr Muhammad Zubair said the hospital administration had directed all staff to be on duty, adding negligence would not be accepted. He claimed the HMC would be different from other healthcare institutions of the district with regards to cleanliness and treatments for patients.
“We have ordered a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a CT-scan machines. This was approved by the government and will soon be installed to improve patient care,” Zubair said.
On the other hand, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Doctors Association President Dr Abdul Qadir said the government should take doctors on board before issuing such orders. He further added doctors were committed to the welfare of the people. “However, our reservations must be addressed by the government first.”
“Appointments of people on the basis of political influence must be stopped in these hospitals and capable people should be brought on merit so they can deliver quality health care services,” Dr Qadir said.
The doctor further added Peshawar’s hospitals were overburdened because patients visited from far-flung areas and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
“The government needs to equip basic health units, rural health centres and tehsil headquarters hospitals so patients do not need to travel too far for treatment.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2013.
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