CM orders Inquiry, and audit of Qatar Hospital, expressing displeasure on shortage of medicine, unhygienic conditions

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Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar during his surprise visit to the Sindh government Qatar Hospital ordered an overall inquiry and audit to ascertain the reasons behind the shortage of medicines, off-road ambulances, order of some Lab machines, and unsanitary conditions.

The CM on Tuesday morning paid a surprise visit to the Sindh government Qatar Hospital and went ward to ward, OPD, emergency, pharmacy, pediatric wards, and inspected ambulance.

The CM expressed his displeasure with the unsanitary condition of various wards where stretchers had dirty stained bed sheets and a stench smell was felt everywhere.

The CM noticed that the patients from two wards were ousted to clean them. Justice Baqar met with the patients and their attendants, and most complained about the non-availability of medicines. He visited the medicine store where he was told that an order to purchase medicines had been placed on August 25, 2023, but delivery was yet to be received.

The CM personally checked the purchasing order and talked to the vendor on the phone about the provision of medicines within a week, otherwise, hold him that he [the vendor] would be blacklisted. A woman met him in the pharmacy and told him she was making trips to the hospital for insulin, but it was unavailable.

The CM directed the MS to arrange insulin for the woman and report him. The insulin was arranged during his visit. The CM noticed that some private medical stores were functioning inside the government hospital.

On his inquiry, he was told that the hospital administration had issued them vacation orders, but they had got a stay from the court. The CM ordered the health dept to pursue the case and vacate the stay so that their position could be taken over by the hospital. The interim CM visited the fleet of ambulances but most of them were out-of-order and off-road.

He expressed his displeasure and directed Secretary of Health Dr. Mansoor to inquire into the matter and report him. The CM expressed his displeasure over the unhygienic conditions of the hospital, its streets, wards, corridors, machines, pharmacy, and ambulance service and directed the Secretary of Health to conduct an inquiry and report him. He said action must be taken against the delinquent officers.

Orangi Police station: The Chief Minister just after the visit to the hospital went to the Orangi Police station where he inspected the FIR register, lock up, 15 service, wireless room, and malkhana and expressed his dismay and disappointment.

The CM noticed that two heavy motorcycles of the Shaheen Force lying abandoned at the police station. Both the bikes were dirty and out of order.

The CM said that the government had given them heavy and costly motorcycles for patrolling, but the police had abandoned them which was unacceptable.

When the CM checked the 15 service it was unfunctional and the phone was not working. At this, the CM expressed his displeasure and directed the DIG West to conduct an inquiry and report him. Justice Baqar visited the wireless service, but its connectivity had some problems.

At this, the CM asked the SHO how he was getting connected with his force in the field. The CM also expressed displeasure with the placement of the case property, particularly the bikes which had rusted, broken, and were lying in the shape of heaps of bikes inside the police station. The CM visited the weapon room from where the weapons were issued to the policemen while going in the field. There was no proper logbook, therefore the CM directed the police to follow the SOP.

Justice Baqar directed the DIG West Zone to keep all the police stations in his areas neat and clean and develop an atmosphere where people could approach easily, in case of any complaint. He directed DIG West to submit to him a detailed inquiry report of all the police stations of his zone, containing the number of policemen, and the condition of the equipment- the wireless system, mobiles, and ammunition, and crime trend and ratio.

Sub-registrar office: The CM, on his last leg surprise visit, went to sub-registrar offices – Gulshan and Jamshed Towns, and met with the people present there for registration issues. The CM directed the sub-registrars to work honestly and not to annoy people for personal interest.

The sub-registrar offices have earned a bad name for the government and now it must come to an end. Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) Zahid Abbasi also reached there and told the CM that his IG Registration has started visiting sub-registrar offices so that their working could be improved.

Domicile office: The CM also visited the Domicile office in District East where people complained to him that the concerned officer had been transferred and therefore, they had not been issued domiciles for the last three days. The CM issued directives for the posting of another officer and got the domiciles issued by ADC-II then and there.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at hanifsamoon@gmail.com

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