KARACHI: The major Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) Sobhraj Maternity Hospital (SMH) has been facing acute shortage of anesthesiologists or anaesthetists since several months and its administration is unable to run Operation Theater (OT) in three shifts, sources at SMH told PPI on Wednesday.
The city’s oldest hospital situated in Urdu Bazaar area of Karachi is short of staff as there are no anaesthetists available in the healthcare institution in evening and night shifts. The shortage of anesthesiologists has put the hospital management in trouble in running its OT services round the clock.
Currently, there is only one anaesthetist available in this maternity hospital in the morning shift. The hospital administration is facing hardship to cater to emergency patients in the evening and night shift. The administration has hired a private anesthesiologist on minimum wages for evening and night shifts to run OT services.
Similarly, the Pediatric Unit of Sobhraj Hospital has also been closed due to a shortage of paediatricians. The nursery of the hospital is in a very poor state while critical newborn babies are being shifted to nearby hospitals due to shortage of ventilators and other facilities.
Several posts of nurses are also lying vacant as only 15 are working in a hospital in three shifts out of a total of 35.
Sources said around 2500 patients visit OPD on a daily basis in the hospital while 25 to 300 deliveries are being performed each day and the daily admission in a health facility is 30 to 40.
The Sobhraj Maternity Hospital has urgently required paediatricians, anesthesiologists, nurses and up-gradation of the nursery to improve patient care.
Senior Director of Medical & Health Survives, KMC, Dr Salma Kauser was not available for comments.