Save RBUT hospital Shikarpur!

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Yasir baz Muhammad
It is an undeniable fact that a city is called prosperous and worth living when it provides its citizens with quality education and efficient health facilities. However, these two things play a pivotal role in development of a city. The importance of the health is well described by an Arabian proverb: he who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. Undoubtedly, the history of the city Shikarpur is not alien to anyone: once the Paris of Sindh, whose commendable education system was exemplary and the floors of its hospitals were always teeming with benevolent doctors and hopeful patients, is ruined owing to the recklessness of the stakeholders. RBUT (civil) hospital Shikarpur owns a magnificent history and in past people from all over the world would come here for treatment due to the praiseworthy services and proficient doctors    of the hospitals. In contrast, if we have a look to the present RBUT hospital, we can do nothing but remorse on our own fate because now it is wracked and ruined. Instead of doctors and staff, motorcycles and animals – dogs and cats- are found inside the hospital, but we all are involved in brown study. It is heartening to note that the management of the hospital is lamentable for it is devoid of proper checks. Needless to say, the lives of the poor have also been trampled like that of the history of the RBUT hospital. However, no one is foreign to the fact that inflation is on its peak and most of the people are not even able to earn their bread and butter of a day then how can they afford the expenses of the private hospitals? Moreover, it is worth mentioning that in spite of colossal funds, the hospital is still in an extreme dearth of medicines and to add further insult to injury the hospital does not have ARV (anti-rabies vaccination). Many a children dies of rabies because of not having ARV. However, the patients are usually referred to Sukkur, Larkana and Karachi when their conditions start deteriorating. The hospital provides ARV but at the behest of any affluent and powerful people. It comes as no surprise that there are no vaccines for hepatitis A, B, C and D too. The scarcity of vaccines results into death of many people. Despite of these ample losses, we have still tied a cloak on our eyes. We don’t raise voice against this barbarous act until it comes to us. Furthermore, it is refutable that without a doctor a hospital is just an edifice nothing more. Let me apprise you with this fact that in RBUT hospital doctors are very irregular. While I was writing this column one of my friends, who is a patient of cardiovascular disease, complaint of chest pain and when we took him to the hospital the doctor was absent as a result we had to take him to a private hospital. In my point of view, the other solid reason behind the devastating conditions of the hospital is illiteracy of people which makes the civil servants forget to fulfill their duties timely, because education helps us to know our due rights. There are many incidents attached to RBUT hospital. A few months ago, a man and a woman carrying a child were crying helplessly outside the hospital. Their child was a patient of thalassemia and his condition had already worsened in the hospital and doctors referred them to Larkana hospital. However, the problem was that they were asked to pay almost two thousand rupees to an ambulance as fare and being so poor, they were not in such a position to pay the amount. Such kinds of incidents prove that the hospital is in a quagmire of corruption or it really doesn’t have adequate facilities. However, in both cases the government is responsible for this adverse condition of the hospital. Doubtlessly, the hospital is packed with innumerable problems, and we can dispose of them only when the stakeholders play their respective roles. Complaint boxes should be installed in the hospital and they must be checked weekly. In addition to this, biometric system in hospital is the need of the hour therefore it should be introduced without wasting any more time. Apart from this, some rules and regulations should be made in the hospital e.g: late arrival should be fined and some amount should be deducted from the salaries of the irregular doctors. In a nutshell, the consequences of shambolic health system are precarious    It is an undeniable fact that a city is called prosperous and worth living when it provides its citizens with quality education and efficient health facilities. However, these two things play a pivotal role in development of a city. The importance of the health is well described by an Arabian proverb: he who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. Undoubtedly, the history of the city Shikarpur is not alien to anyone: once the Paris of Sindh, whose commendable education system was exemplary and the floors of its hospitals were always teeming with benevolent doctors and hopeful patients, is ruined owing to the recklessness of the stakeholders. RBUT (civil) hospital Shikarpur owns a magnificent history and in past people from all over the world would come here for treatment due to the praiseworthy services and proficient doctors of the hospitals. In contrast, if we have a look to the present RBUT hospital, we can do nothing but remorse on our own fate because now it is wracked and ruined. Instead of doctors and staff, motorcycles and animals – dogs and cats- are found inside the hospital, but we all are involved in brown study. It is heartening to note that the management of the hospital is lamentable for it is devoid of proper checks. Needless to say, the lives of the poor have also been trampled like that of the history of the RBUT hospital. However, no one is foreign to the fact that inflation is on its peak and most of the people are not even able to earn their bread and butter of a day then how can they afford the expenses of the private hospitals? Moreover, it is worth mentioning that in spite of colossal funds, the hospital is still in an extreme dearth of medicines and to add further insult to injury the hospital does not have ARV (anti-rabies vaccination). Many a children dies of rabies because of not having ARV. However, the patients are usually referred to Sukkur, Larkana and Karachi when their conditions start deteriorating. The hospital provides ARV but at the behest of any affluent and powerful people. It comes as no surprise that there are no vaccines for hepatitis A, B, C and D too. The scarcity of vaccines results into death of many people. Despite of these ample losses, we have still tied a cloak on our eyes. We don’t raise voice against this barbarous act until it comes to us. Furthermore, it is refutable that without a doctor a hospital is just an edifice nothing more. Let me apprise you with this fact that in RBUT hospital doctors are very irregular. While I was writing this column one of my friends, who is a patient of cardiovascular disease, complaint of chest pain and when we took him to the hospital the doctor was absent as a result we had to take him to a private hospital. In my point of view, the other solid reason behind the devastating conditions of the hospital is illiteracy of people which makes the civil servants forget to fulfill their duties timely, because education helps us to know our due rights. There are many incidents attached to RBUT hospital. A few months ago, a man and a woman carrying a child were crying helplessly outside the hospital. Their child was a patient of thalassemia and his condition had already worsened in the hospital and doctors referred them to Larkana hospital. However, the problem was that they were asked to pay almost two thousand rupees to an ambulance as fare and being so poor, they were not in such a position to pay the amount. Such kinds of incidents prove that the hospital is in a quagmire of corruption or it really doesn’t have adequate facilities. However, in both cases the government is responsible for this adverse condition of the hospital. Doubtlessly, the hospital is packed with innumerable problems, and we can dispose of them only when the stakeholders play their respective roles. Complaint boxes should be installed in the hospital and they must be checked weekly. In addition to this, biometric system in hospital is the need of the hour therefore it should be introduced without wasting any more time. Apart from this, some rules and regulations should be made in the hospital e.g: late arrival should be fined and some amount should be deducted from the salaries of the irregular doctors. In a nutshell, the consequences of shambolic health system are precarious indeed. Along with this, nurses are not enough experienced to take care of the patients accordingly. People usually prefer private hospitals because they no more have trust on public hospitals and poverty also plays its role in hampering people from private hospitals. Machinery in the hospital is almost dysfunctional. This is why; this sorry state of health system exists. Remedial measures should be taken as soon as possible, lest we should suffer from ample losses. —