As many as 100 scheduled surgical operations were postponed at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), due to 18-hour long power breakdown, causing grave inconvenience for thousands of visiting and admitted patients. With the energy crisis at a peak in the country, it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that, at the very least, public health institutions have electricity and generators.

The JPMC focal person Dr Jawaid Akhter Jamali has revealed to the media that tripping in one of the feeders started from evening of May 16 and continued till May 17 afternoon caused massive power breakdown in the institution. The administration used standby generators to provide electricity to Casualty Department, Intensive Care Units and a few other departments, while there was not electricity for the remaining hospital. Moreover, he claimed that patients and their attendants faced great hardships in late night hours due to power breakdown, while patient care was also badly affected in OPDs hours. There are nine standby generators in the hospitals and out of which two are not working while seven others were also very old and not functioning properly. The hospital administration called Karachi-Electric (KE) but the KE teams could restore the electricity supply of this crucial hospital after lapse of 18 long hours.

Even though Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had assured provision of two heavy power generators to the hospital before the start of summer season during a meeting, this is not enough- especially if one is greatly aware of the state of electricity in the country. Even if the technical fault was corrected soon, lives were put at risk unnecessarily. Private hospitals are beyond reach to a lot of people and this leaves them with no option but to put their lives in the hands of government hospitals that are often inefficient because of lack of a funds and facilities.