PPP MPA visits Taluka Hospital Jati, DHO warns of strict action against Ghost staff

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BY KAMRAN KHAMISO KHOWAJA

SUJAWAL: Taking notice of the acute shortage of medicine, consumable doctors, and other staff, PPP MPA Mohammad Ali Malkani visited Taluka Hospital Jati here on Friday that falls within his constituency. He visited different wards of the hospital and acquired information about the ratio of daily outdoor patients being treated at the hospital.
Briefing the current state of affairs Medical Superintendent at the Taluka Hospital Dr. Yameen Shah said that despite the worst shortage of staff and medicine people have attached high hopes to this medical facility because they knew that the staff available there was working with sheer commitment and dedication.
He said that since the abrogation of public-private partnership he was facing a host of problems to manage the acutely understaffed hospital adding that after the withdrawal of MERF the number of doctors has reduced to three of 17. He said that he had to abandon the night shift, evening shift, and malaria screening facility owing to the paucity of staff.
District health officer Dr. Shahnaz Khowaja told MPA that almost all hospitals in the district were facing a shortage of medicine and staff. She warned that stern action would be taken against ghost doctors and paramedical staff who were not performing their duties honestly.
MPA Mohammad Ali Malkani told the media that no one could be held responsible for this crisis neither the Medical superintendent nor the district health officer because the Sindh Government was framing a new strategy to operate the hospitals without NGOs. He said that uplifting health facilities were among the top priorities of the provincial government and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had directed the Chief Minister to ensure quality health facilities in all hospitals of the province. He vowed to make all possible efforts to do away with the crisis-like situation.