PIMS overburdened with ‘unnecessary’ patients

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) receives around 3,000 patients everyday, 80 percent of which are an “unnecessary burden” on the hospital.

PIMS spokesman Dr Waseem Khawaja has said that an overwhelming majority of patients visiting the hospital’s Out Patient Department (OPD) suffered from minor illnesses such as fever, cold, headache and flu. Such illnesses could easily be addressed by local dispensaries provided they were adequately equipped, he said. However, the local dispensaries in Islamabad are plagued with shortage of medicine, and unavailability of doctors and paramedic staff. Because of this, “the hospital administration cannot ignore any patient,” Dr Khawaja said. There are 13 dispensaries of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in the federal capital, but the public does not know about most of them. Public sector hospitals and organisations also had their own dispensaries but a majority of them were never visited, sources said. [More]

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