Dr. Kakar talking to media. (ENNS-Rafiullah Mandokhel)
ZHOB (ENNS) District Headquarters civil hospital caters to around 0.7 million estimated population of Zhob and neighboring districts including nomadic population along Pak-Afghan border, but the district’s main health facility lacks sufficient medicines for indoor and out-door patients, technical staff and other facilities.
This was stated by Medical Superintendent DHQ civil hospital Dr. Hadi Kakar during a media briefing at his office.
The hospital head said since he had assumed the charge as MS in July, during the past one month 9036 out-door patients have been treated at the hospital, out of them 7535 have been provided with free medicines.
He said 853 patients have been admitted to the hospital, who received 90% free treatment and received all the available services. Meanwhile, 893 female patients have also been treated at female hospital, 212 ultrasounds have been carried out and 163 delivery cases have been handled at the gynecology department of the government-run hospital.
“The OPD of the hospital dealt patients from the district’s rural and urban areas, besides the patients belonging to nearby districts Sherani, Killa Saifullah, Musakhail, nomadic population along Pak-Afghan borders areas,” he added.
According the Causality department record he told, over 1500 injured have been brought to the unit, out of them 101 had got injuries during road accidents. Moreover he said 36 cases of snake-bite and 25 cases of dog-bite have also been reported during the last four weeks.
The patients have been provided with complete anti-snake and anti-rabies vaccination and other medicines, but recently the hospital is lacking anti-rabies vaccines.
“The attendants of the patients who come from far off areas have no option but to purchase anti-rabies vaccines from the market, although the availability of the crucial drugs is very important in every district hospital,” he said.
The newly-appointed MS further said that the Dialysis unit of the hospital had facilitated over 50 registered patients as three dialysis machines were fully functional.
Four dialysis machines and two more ambulances would be provided to the DHQ hospital in the recent fiscal year. In order to deliver laboratory services a CBC machine would soon be provided to the laboratory as the testing machine at the lab is not functioning properly.
In the past one month 195 patients have been screened for hepatitis, while 489 have been tested for malaria falciparum and vivax. He said the hospital has been facing medicine shortage since long. In personal capacity we have purchased medicines to meet the demand.
“The annual budgetary allocation has not been revised since long, adding the approved grant for the DHQ is insufficient for the procurement of medicines and other supplies.
The medicine shortage has added the miseries of both in-door and out-door patients and the patients are running from pillar to post,” adding Advisor to CM Mitha Khan Kakar and secretary health have always extended their support.
The influx of the patients is increasing with each passing day, but the staff and the resources are the same. Despite the fact, our existing staff doing its best to provide better healthcare to the patients indiscriminately. Physical infrastructure of the hospital has been upgraded and it is recently renovated, but shortage of doctors, specialists and technical staff in each department creating difficulties in services delivery. He explained.
“The district’s main health facility needed gynecologist, orthopedic, pediatrician and other specialists and technical staff to improve health care performance and meet the increasing demand of the patients at the hospital,” he demanded.
Replying to a question he said, for the hospital security six security guards out of the total eight have been deployed at OPDs. SP Zhob has provided police men for the hospital security, while Frontier Corps has been asked to install CCTV cameras at the hospital.
Non-functional water boring that created water shortage problem at the hospital has been repaired and made functional to meet the water demand.
Moreover the surgery services at the operation theater would also been resumed next week, told Dr. Kakar.