MITHI: Sindh government was taking measures to resolve the issue of shortage of specialist doctors in Thar that would be resolved soon while at present 44 medical teams were working in 44 union councils of the district for treatment of ailing children, said Additional Commissioner Mirpurkhas, Nisar Ahmed Memon.
During his visit to Civil Hospital Friday, on the directives of Commissioner Mirpurkhas Shafique Ahmed Mahesar, to review provision of medicines and health care to patients. Talking to media persons, he said that district administration was fully active to deal with health emergency issue in Tharparkar and measures taken for identification of ailing children of far flung areas of the district and their treatment at the earliest were bringing positive results.
The additional commissioner visited children, nursery, nutrition, male and female wards of the civil hospital, inquired about the health of admitted patients and health facilities being provided.
Medical Superintendent Civil Hospital Mithi, Dr. Iqbal Ahmed Bhurgri, talking to media persons said that Sindh government had announced to enhance the annual budget of the Civil Hospital to Rs. 28.8 million from Rs. 14.4 million but the same was not released to the hospital so far despite correspondence with concerned authorities. He said that around 800 to 1000 patients were being treated at the hospital and they were also being provided free medicines.
He informed that diarrhea, pneumonia, pre-mature births, lack of awareness regarding family planning and other disease as well as issue of access to residents of far flung areas to the hospitals at time of emergency were major causes of children’s deaths.
A joint efforts of health department, district administration, Hands, Shifa and Thardeep for identification and shifting of ailing children to health facilities would help control the situation, he hoped.