KARACHI: The Health Department Government of Sindh has failed to devise a strategy to accommodate the first batch of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical College Lyari in Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital, as working condition for young doctors in the hospital are worse right now due to unavailability of senior doctors and lack of proper training and learning facilities.
An administrative official Lyari General Hospital wished not be named told PPI that management of hospital had sent a summery to the health and finance departments of the government of Sindh for sanctioning 100 seats to accommodate the first batch of SBBMC doctors but the finance department still has not approved the summery despite the passage of two months.
He said the result of first batch is expected to be announced soon while training of the house officers will begin by end of December but no arrangements have so far been made to accommodate these young doctors in the healthcare.
Earlier there were 30 sanctioned posts of house officers in Lyari Hospital when the institution was considered as a part of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).
Ironically the working conditions for young doctors are not ideal in the institution as there is acute shortage of senior doctors and diagnostic facilities in the hospital.
He informed that professor’s associate professors and assistant professors of the medical college rarely visit the hospital to attend the patients so how could they teach or train the young doctors to handle the admitted patients in different departments.
He said major diagnostic equipment are lying out of order or idle in the hospital due to unavailability of funds while Gyne Cardiology peads surgery and other departments are not functional due to unavailability of doctors.
Secretary General Pakistan Medical Association (Center) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar while talking to PPI said, “We cannot produce quality doctors without proper training and education of young doctors”.
He said, “Unfortunately medical education and training have deliberately been destroyed in Pakistan especially in Sindh province”.
He said training of house officers under the supervision of professors in the hospitals after completing their medical education is important to produce quality doctors but unfortunately medical education has been destroyed in the province by some vested interests.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent Lyari General Hospital Dr Naimat Soomro said a summery had already been sent of the finance department Sindh to get approval for sanctioning 100 seats of house officers to accommodate the first batch of Lyari Medial College.
Source : APP