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Team HGISF and Chief Secretary Sindh paid surprised visits to Sindh Government hospitals in Karachi
For immediate Release: Issued on June 9, 2014, Karachi by HGISF email@example.com
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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Honourable Chief Secretary is talking with Acting Chairman of HGISF Mr. Fida Karim
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org