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Doctors concerned over water shortage at Allied burns unit.

Byline: Saleem Mubarak

FAISALABAD -- Doctors at the sole burns centre of Faisalabad division established at the Allied Hospital are forced to clean wounds of patients with saline drips as the centre is facing water shortage in operation theatres for a couple of months.

Shortage of water and faulty air-conditioning are also leading to delayed surgeries at the centre and repeated requests by doctors have not moved the administration to resolve the issues.

The centre had been approved by former chief minister Pervaiz Elahi in November 2006 and started functioning in 2015 after a considerable delay. An amount of Rs479 million was approved for this four-storey burns centre.

Patients from Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sargodha, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang and other areas of the province visited Allied Hospital with burn injuries. Doctors said the availability of water had been a major issue since the inception of the centre. They claimed that the major source, a water turbine, had been out of order for over six months.

The doctors further said water was mandatory to clean wounds of patients, but instead usual saline drips were being used for the purpose. The administration was aware that there was no water for cleaning wounds, but no practical measures had been taken to resolve the issue despite several repeated written requests, they added.

The doctors asked how they could treat patients needing intensive care where one could not stay for long due to odour of wounds. The administration was playing with the lives of patients with burns. They said potable water for consumption of doctors and staff members was also unavailable.

VC Dr Fareed Zafar said they were trying to repair the temperature control system in every room and the air-conditioning system would also be functional soon. He said water levels had gone down and the matter was being sorted out. A water pipe was being repaired to ensure supply but the supply on ground floor of the centre was smooth, he said.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 21, 2018
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