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Catching bugs at Karachi hospital
Patients are complaining that they are catching infections as a result of the filthy conditions of the beds and a lack of proper hygiene at the Burn Centre of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). The hospital's burns unit comprises 60 beds and treats some 900 patients each year.
Unlike in the UK, where we are encouraged to complain if healthcare standards are not up to scratch, the Pakistan Daily Times reports patients as saying: "If we complain about the poor condition of the hospital we are threatened with being thrown out!"
When tackled about the problems, Executive Director at the Burns Centre, Dabir-ur-Rehman, told the reporter that the old covers and mattress would be changed within the next few days. He said that all patients admitted to the hospital were treated free of cost, but refused to comment about the grant received from the Sindh Health Department and well-to-do citizens that fund the hospital). He appealed to the philanthropists to donate as much as they could so that the treatment of the poor burns patients could be continued.
8th December 2011