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Team HGISF and Chief Secretary Sindh paid surprised visits to Sindh Government hospitals in Karachi

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Fida Karim-Acting Chairman Hunza Gilgit Ismaili Students Federation (HGISF) Pakistan

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Team HGISF and Chief Secretary Sindh paid surprised visits to Sindh Government hospitals in Karachi

  1. 1. For immediate Release: Issued on June 9, 2014, Karachi by HGISF Team HGISF and Chief Secretary Sindh Visited Government Hospitals in Karachi By Fida Karim Karachi, June 8th, 2014: On the invitation of Mr.Sajjad Saleem Hottiyana-the Chief Secretary to the Governmnet of Sindh, members of Hunza Gilgit Ismaili Students Federation (HGISF) accompanied him to visit Liyari General hospital and Civel Hospital in Karachi. The objective of the said visit was to facilitating honourable Chief Secretary in assessing current situation of patient care and service delivery in these hospitals and distribute cash and food items amoung patients; thus try to mitigate the sufferings arising out of illness and chronic disease. Honourable Chief Secretary welcome HGISF Cabinet in his office and shared the aforementioned objective of the said visit and formed three groups on the spot to lead the respective groups of volunteers. One group was assigned to HGISF which was lead by Mr.Fida Karim-the Acting Chairman of HGISF. Each group was
  2. 2. Page 2 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] comprises of social activisit, students, government officials along with general members from wider civil society institutions from different parts of Sindh. Initially these teams in the leadership of Chief Secretary visited Liyari General hospital in the volatile Liyari Town and inspected different wards of the said hospital. The team inquired after health of admitted patients and quality of service delivry. Cash, water and food items were distributed among twelve needy patients. The situation of wards and toilets were highly apathetic and smelly. Drinking water was not available in scorching heat.The bedsheets were so filthy that no body could sit on them except poor patients. Therefore, Chief Secretary directed concerned official to change filthy bedsheets on the spote and same was ensured with help of volunteers. Chief Secretary himself along with volunteers spred out bedsheets and washed toilets and directed the concerned official to ensure highl quality of service delivery to the poor and vulnerable communities of Liyari. A team of volunteers with full support of Chief Secretary office were assigned the task of follow-up to ensure proper patient care and service delivery. The objective of visiting Liyari General Hospital in volatile Liyari town was also to boost-up the confidence level and morale of local communities who are suffering due to notorious liyari-gand-war and skirmishes amoung non-state actors in Liyari. Than the team visisted Civil Hospital Karachi- the 1900-bed tertiary care and the largest largest teaching hospital of Pakistan. Here the team inspected different wards, inquired after health of patients, quality and nature of service delivery to patients and attendents. Though the hospital was overcrowded and toilets were not properly mentained but poor patients who were interviewed for their feedback were seems to satisfied with service delivery as they were stated to be receiving proper care and medication. Food packets and cash were distributed among needy patients in two wards each comprising fifty impatients. Chief Secretary appreciated team HGISF and requested them to visit these and other hospitals in Karachi, adopt at least one patient till his/her discharge and directly report to him and make accountable if something in doing wrong in these hospitals to ensure quality of patient care and service delivery in Sindh Government hospitals in Karachi. At the end of inspection Chief Secretary thanked HGISF and reiterated his commitment to support HGISF to achieve our shared goals for community development in the days ahead. Team HGISF also reciprocated with the same sentiments and assured the good office of Chief Secretary to work togather to promote our goals and objectives in all targeted areas in Pakistan It is befitting to note it here that this visit was in comensurate with new policy of HGISF wherein it is also working on creating sound forward linkages with relevnt government and non-government organizations throughout Pakistan.
  3. 3. Page 3 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] Team HGISF is having meeting with Chief SecretarySindh in his office Karachi HGISF volunteers along with family of Chief Secretaryinquiring after health condition of a patient in Liyari general Hospital
  4. 4. Page 4 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] Chief Secretary along with his spouse are inquiring after health condition of a patient in Civil Hospital Karachi Chief Secretary along with volunteers distributed cash and gifts amoung needy patients in Civil and Liyari General Hospital
  5. 5. Page 5 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] Chief Secretary Sindh and HGISF volunteers are changing filthy bedsheets of patients with new bedsheets in Liyari General Hospital in Karachi AMS Civil Hospital sweeping toilet floor while Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana pours water from a bucket at Civil Hospital Karachi Female ward after patients complained
  6. 6. Page 6 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] Honourable Chief Secretary is talking with Acting Chairman of HGISF Mr. Fida Karim
  7. 7. Page 7 [HGISF Press Release-Cell # 0342-2907654] Team HGISF with their Team Leader Mr.Fida Karim-Acting Chairman HGISF Pakistan The writer is an active social activist by passion and Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Specialist by profession. Currently he is associated with the humanitarian wing of the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan. He can be reached at