Staff shortage torments patients at Burns Center

August 4, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Shortage of staff has been affecting the routine operational and administrative affairs of Burns Center, Civil Hospital Karachi, since the last two months, it was learned on Tuesday.

A senior official at Burns Center said on the condition of anonymity that shortage of staff had affected the routine operational work of Burns Center Karachi over the last two months.

He explained that crises emerged in Center when administration, Friends of Burns Center, refused to work with the center management anymore over political interference by a medical wing of a political party. The Friends of Burns Center associated with center in public welfare activities had stopped the supply of medicines, he said.

On other hand, Burn Center administration has transferred almost two dozen employees to Civil Hospital Karachi because of their involvement in political activities, while 100 other contract employees were also fired from their jobs over different allegations by the administration. Out of which 50 employees have been reappointed on contract basis through private recruiting company on merit basis, while rest of posts are still vacant, the officials said.

He said dozens of patients have to wait for several weeks to get medicines and dressing of patients in healthcare due to staff shortage.

To resolve this issue, Medical Superintendent Civil Hospital Karachi had appointed Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) Dr Muhammad Ahmed as administrator of Burns Center to resolve the current crises on earliest. On other hand, Friends of Burns Center, a non-governmental organization, has also resumed its activities again under the supervision of new administrator.

The official said the administration had limited power of Friends of Burns Center keeping past experience in mind and now that NGO would work under supervision of center administration. He said demands of medicines would be fulfilled through administrative officer.

He said ex-administrative officer had betrayed both with Burn Center management as well as Friends of Burns Center administration. He informed that ex-administrator used medical wing of political party against each other as he wanted to take over the center. He had crossed all its limits during his tenure.

Administrative Control Officer Burns Center Dr Muhammad Ahmed said administration had publicized the advertisement in two well-esteemed newspapers to fulfill the shortage of staff with 15 August deadline. He said 20 percent vacant seats would be fulfilled soon and overall situation would be improved within few weeks.

He said there was no shortage of medicines in Burn Center as civil hospital was providing the medicines to Center. “Friends of Burns Center has resumed their public welfare activities again under the supervision of administrator.”

Ahmed explained the MS CHK assigned him additional responsibilities as administrator of Burns Center to overcome the current crises.

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