Medical waste being dumped around Abbasi Shaheed Hospital
A PMA representative says all institutions need to work together for the sake of people
By Faiza llyas
KARACHI: The scale of government apathy towards what health experts described as a ‘volatile source of infection’ could be gauged from the heaps of unattended medical waste lying in and outside one of city’s largest public sector hospitals.
A visit to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) on Wednesday showed that there were three garbage dumps, one of them located within the boundary wall of the hospital’s trauma centre, where all kinds of medical wastes were being thrown away.
Two garbage dumps, located a few yards from the hospital, were being used by nearby laboratories to discard their refuse. Information gathered from the ASH revealed that the staff was using hospital premises for dump-ing medical waste for a long time.
No administrative official of the hospital was immediately available for comments.
“Now, who would impose Section 144 here and remove this hazardous waste endangering public health? Do we need a celebrity to force the government to do its job,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad of the Pakistan Medical Association.
He was referring to Shaniera Akram’s recent tweets on the state of Clifton beach, parts of which were littered with medical waste. The issue was highlighted by the media and woke up the authorities, albeit for a while.
Criticising further, Dr Sajjad said all institutions needed to work together for public good.
“We know that the ASH is under the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and the matter should be sorted out by its administration. But, it’s the provincial government’s responsibility to intervene when it’s seeing that an institution is unable to do its job because of any obstacle, funding or otherwise,” he said.
‘Volatile source of infection’
Explaining how unattended waste across the city is affecting public
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SYRINGES with intact needles and used vials lie in a garbage dump inside the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.—White Star