Islamabad[Pakistan]July 24 (ANI): Due to a lack of proper medical facilities and the unavailability of beds, the maternity wards of the city’s largest public sector medical institution, PIMS, have been filled with babies with three to four babies kept in each crib, making patients and newborns susceptible to increased risk of infections.
Saleema Meharban, a private school teacher, said she was appalled by what she saw during a recent visit to the mother and child hospital for her first trimester screening, The News International reported. .
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“It’s a terrible sight. The women were crammed into [maternity ward] beds, two per bed, as the adjacent labor rooms echoed with the cries and moans of women giving birth in the presence of rude medical personnel, she said adding that it distressed her even more when she discovered that all these women were uncovered from the waist down.
“I can’t stand all this and I will prefer to give birth in a private clinic or even at home because this option although a bit burdensome for my family will give me due pelvic intimacy and the newborn a clean newborn, hygienic environment to breathe,” she said.
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“First, our hospital [MCH] has not been expanded since it opened in 1998 with Japanese funding and secondly, patient arrivals are increasing rapidly, so we have to accommodate mothers and their babies to the limited space available on the premises,” said a gynecologist under condition of anonymity as she was not authorized to speak to the media.
According to her, the Children’s has only 156 beds but has to cater to the influx of obstetric patients from Islamabad as well as Rawalpindi, Murree, Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, reported The News International.
Additionally, the hospital cares for 300 outpatients and handles 23 deliveries including caesareans daily along with other surgeries and has only one operating theater for laparoscopy and three for elective cases. and emergency, and four labor room tables.
“After years of neglect by successive governments, The Children’s is struggling to find the goods. Two patients on a bed and three to four newborns in a crib have become the norm. Things are sure to get worse if its expansion continues delayed, more support staff are not hired and patient arrivals are unregulated,” the doctor said, pointing out the vicious practices of PIMS.
Another doctor requested the rapid upgrade of conventional operating theaters to modular operating theaters as well as the installation of a modern sterilization plant for infection control at the Children’s.
When contacted, PIMS Director Dr Khalid Masud insisted that the hospital was working to improve patient care with the support of the Ministry of National Health Services.
“The Japanese aid agency, JICA, which had helped set up the MCH and the PIMS children’s hospital, is working on expanding the two facilities. I hope the number of beds in the MCH will increase. 50% in two years, but I still say that will be too little given the growing number of patients. We need another 300-bed medical building to do what is expected of us,” he said. he declared.(ANI)
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