Patients? referral rate from Chitral district highest in KP

Published on: 26/11/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

They said that main reason of the referral of more patients from Chitral to other cities was lack of specialists and diagnostic facilities at the local hospital.

A senior doctor once attached with the hospital told Dawn that 15 posts of specialists and 31 posts of medical officers were vacant at the hospital. He said that the facilities and machines for CT scan, MRI and other specialised tests were not available at the hospital.

?There is no option but to refer the patients and the injured to the hospitals in Peshawar,? said the doctor. He said that on average, 50 patients were referred to Peshawar from the district in a week.

?It leads to a huge financial burden on the people to take a patient to Peshawar along with one or more attendants only for CT scan or MRI,? he said. He added that the patients of heart and eye were sent directly outside the district on first inspection at the hospital.

?The posts of eye specialists at the hospital have been vacant for the last four years. The district cardiologist was posted only for two months in the history of the hospital five years ago. The posts of radiologist, orthopedics, neurologist, gynaecologist, obstetrician and general surgeon are also vacant,? said the doctor.

More than 70 per cent patients and injured will be saved from being referred to tertiary hospitals if the vacant posts are filled and diagnostic facilities including CT scan and MRI machines are provided to the hospital.

The referral rate of injured persons is higher than that of other patients. It can be reduced by posting orthopedic surgeon at the hospital. ?Instruments are available here but owing to lack of specialist doctors sometimes a minor case of injury is sent to Peshawar,? said the doctor.

Advocate Waqas Ahmed said that during the visit of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to Chitral last month, the lawyers diverted his attention towards the pathetic condition of the hospital and he sought para-wise comments of the provincial secretary on their application.

He said that no government had ever evinced its earnestness to improve the condition of the hospital that catered to the needs of the whole district. He said that the sanctioned posts of specialists and medical officers at the hospital were never filled.

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2018

Free bus service launched for patients in Chitral

Published on: 29/01/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

CHITRAL: A good Samaritan has launched a free bus service here to take people to hospitals from near their houses and drop them off back.

Launched by retired PIA pilot and tourist hotel owner Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, the ?Family Bus Service? is very popular among the people as it has relieved them of high taxi fares.

The comfortable bus picks up women and children from designated places close to their houses and drops them off at the hospital before taking them back at designated time.

No male members are allowed to embark the bus without family.

The people pointing out another benefit of the service said men didn?t need to accompany female and minor family members to the hospital as the bus was reserved for women and children and no male was allowed entry without family.

Fazli Qadir of Singoor, a beneficiary of the service, said he worked as porter in the bazaar on daily wage and it was pleasant for him to note that he went to workplace as usual on the day of the week when his newborn child was vaccinated as his wife took the baby to the hospital on the bus.

?In the past, I used to go to the hospital with my wife or children missing daily wage on one hand and spending Rs600 as taxi fare on the other to my misery,? he said, adding that the poor people heaved a sigh of relief after the launch of the free bus service.

He said there was no intra-city public transport service leaving commuters at the mercy of taxi drivers, who fleeced them when men took their women and children to the hospital for check-up from different parts of the town.

Mr Mulk said there was much to be done for the welfare of the poor residents of the city and that one of his project?s objectives was to motivate the affluent people to come forward and work for the people?s welfare.

He said the societies where charity gained currency had strong footings and that high level of poverty in Chitral suggested that the rich people should help provide the best possible health services to the people.

Published in Dawn, January 29th, 2018