Medico-Legal officers at Civil Hospital Karachi boycotted duties in protest
ChildLife Foundation was honored to receive recognition for our work at Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK). CHK Medical Superintendent Dr. Saeed Quraishy presented the award to ChildLife, and also asked our trustee Iqbal
he PPP chairman was there to inaugurate the newly built Benazir Bhutto
Garbage being dumped on a stretcher at civil hospital in Karachi
"Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited civil hospital karachi
Department of CultureDepartment of Culture allowing for repairs and renovation but eschewing any structural change in its original design. The Civil Hospital Karachi continued to function efficiently until independence as the principal hospital of Karachi and received tremendous impetus after 1945 when the then Governor of Sindh Sir Hugh Dow transferred the medical school provisionally recognized by the Bombay University from Hyderabad to Karachi and laid the foundation of the Dow Medical College in its present location on 10 December 1945, with the Civil Hospital Karachi attached to it as a teaching hospital. The creation of a new state of Pakistan brought with it the need for a massive relief and rehabilitation efforts for hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring in from India and addressing all their basic needs including health needs through a largely inadequate and unprepared system. A visitor’s book maintained during the late fifties and early sixties indicates that the Civil Hospital Karachi was frequented by several dignitaries such as government ministers, ambassadors and eminent personalities visiting Pakistan. A 1961 entry by Lady Bird Johnson then spouse of the Vice President of the USA is particularly revealing: It reads: "This has been a visit both heart-breaking and rewarding. My hat is off to you women doctors!" This indicates that health care professionals have been up against tremendous odds over the last few decades.
Organization and management
ServicesInitially established in 1898 with 250 beds to provide basic health facilities, the hospital has expanded considerably and has been totally transformed over the years. Its 1900 beds are located in 34 departments, with over a dozen major operation theaters and a huge out patient’s attendance. Greater stress is being laid on public-private partnerships and preventive work notably in the Paediatrics department to avert unnecessary infant and child deaths due to pneumonia, malnutrition, diarrhea or vaccine-preventable illnesses. Measures are also in place to prevent and control major communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, viral Hepatitis B & C and HIV/AIDS, in addition to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers having a huge burden in Pakistan. Today as Karachi is a sprawling mega-city with a population estimated at 18 million divided into 18 major towns, the Civil Hospital Karachi lives on to tell two tales in the same city. The services of this tertiary care institution have kept in line with the latest technological advances as far as that is compatible with the situation in a low-income developing country. Sophisticated laboratory and radiographical procedures, investigations and examinations are performed totally free to benefit the poor patients attending the hospital. An average of two million out-patients report to the Hospital annually; 95% of which are non-affording patients entailing a huge cost on medicines, laboratory facilities and other logistics.
Trauma CentreThe state-art 500 bedded Benazir Bhutto Accident, Emergency and Trauma Centre is established in Civil hospital.
DepartmentsThe clinical departments of the hospital include Internal Medicine
- Gynaecology and Obstetrics
- Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
- Cardiac Surgery, Oncology
- Radiology, General Surgery
Planning Development Department
- Planning is the first management function that defines goals for future organizational performance, it decides on the tasks and use of the resources needed to accomplish it. The aim of P&D department is to provide a high performing healthcare delivery structure that is safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable.
- The operational activities of this department include data accumulation and analysis, need identification and prioritization, preparation of concept papers as well as PC form I or II and getting approval from competent authorities, and lastly the execution of the project. All these activities are carried out in a way to attain resource optimization, infrastructure improvement and value addition.
- The P&D Department works in close collaboration with other departments that includes Health, P&D, Finance departments of Government of Sindh, K-Electric, Sui Southern Gas Co., Nespak(Pvt.) Ltd. and various monitoring agencies such as Sindh Public Procurement Regulations Authority, Monitoring and Evaluation Cell of Government of Sindh and Commissioner Karachi.
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- Up gradation of Medical Unit I,II & III, Dental Department & Surgical Unit I, II, IV
- Construction of General Kitchen
- Establishment of Medical ICU
- Up gradation of Existing Laboratory facilities
- Establishment of Thalassemia Center
- Modernization of Cardiology Services
- Provision of Fibroscan and Elastography equipment at Radiology Department
- Up gradation of Radiology department by providing digital X-ray Fluoroscopy with Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA), digital color Doppler, Ultrasound machine with provision of 630 mA/ 150Kv, R/F with TV system
- Matching provision from CHK for Public Private Partnership initiatives:
- Up gradation of Burns Center
- Up gradation of High Dependency Unit and Operation Theater in Cardiac Surgery Ward
- Up gradation of Elective Gynae Operation Theater
- New Equipment for Physiotherapy Department and Orthopedic Operation Theatres
- Modernization/ Improvement of Electrification System
- Expansion & Improvement of Oncology Department & Up gradation of Neurology Department, Surgical ICU and establishment of Colorectal unit in Surgical Unit-V
- Revamping of the Hospital
- To sustain the vibes of progress in the hospital, the department addresses futuristic demands and in the same purview, the following schemes and projects will be undertaken very shortly:
- Improvement of Radiology and Ultrasound departments with latest facilities
- Establishment of Outpatient & Ambulatory Care Services Complex
- Renovation & Modernization of Stone Heritage Buildings (Medical Unit-V, Orthopedic Unit-II, Surgical Unit -VI , Pediatric Unit-III)
- Improvement of Pavement and seating
- External Electrification with solar LED and Provision of Security & Surveillance System
- Repairs at Central Lab. and Diabetic OPD
- New Equipment for ENT Department