Are Karachi’s Govt Hospitals Getting Enough Funding?

Today, in Karachi news, our topic of interest is one of the biggest medical facilities in Karachi. JPMC is one of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in Pakistan, providing medical facilities to hundreds and thousands of people every day. A lot of the population in Karachi goes to this particular hospital for their treatment and even for emergency reasons. Here are a few facts about this facility.

A Few Facts About JPMC

  • It is a Government establishment that officially became JPMC in 1963
  • It is a 2200 bed facility
  • It receives patients from not just Karachi, but many parts of Interior Sindh and Balochistan as well
  • The hospital recently added 3 new wards and a brand new surgical ward
  • JPMC currently treats patients free of cost and also provides higher education and training to nurses, medical graduates, and technicians and even funds and encourages research projects.

Despite catering to such a wide variety of patients and being involved in so many surgical and medical activities, JPMC is not being funded well enough, according to hospital officials. They said that even though now JPMC is a facility with over 2000 beds, they were still getting half the budget, which means they only have the funds to cater to approximately 1000 beds. 

This means there is only half the staff available for double the number of patients. The staff becomes overworked and tired and it is very difficult to care for so many people like this. 

What JPMC’s Head Have To Say

Recently, the inauguration of shock wave and laser lithotripsy treatment options was done at the hospital’s urology department. JPMC Executive Director Dr Shahid Rasool attended and raise some complaints about the lack of funds and staff in the hospital. He also mentioned that the hospital needed to function at double its budget to properly operate its functions and cater to its patients. 

The Urology head, Prof Dr Shahzad Ali Khan explained all the shockwave and lithotripsy procedures and requested assistance and support so that renal transplant procedures could be started at the department along with all these treatment options. 

The hospital officials also said that the government had not really taken a lot of health measures for many many years and no significant and beneficial new research or growth had been seen in the past whole decade. That is quite a long time.

Are We Treating Our Doctors Right? 

The question then arises as to how we are treating our doctors and how much resilience we expect from them? How do we expect our healthcare workers to work in such conditions when we offer them no benefits, no funds and no real means of growth in the field? 

A hospital is a difficult facility to run, especially when it treats most patients free of cost. It needs medicines, extremely expensive equipment most of which needs to be imported from abroad because Pakistan has not technologically advanced as much to create them on their own. Then there is also the issue of salaries of the thousands of people who work in a hospital. From nurses to doctors to physiotherapists to paramedics, all of them need to be paid. 

If we need our country to grow and advance in the field of medicine, it is important for our government proper funding and means for this. Why do we expect so much from our doctors?

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