RAWALPINDI  – The Holy Family Hospital (HFH), one of the three big hospitals of the city, is in pathetic condition because of unhygenic environment and lack of proper medicare facilities for patients.

All the wards and depratments of the hospital, including Out-Patient Department (OPD), Orthopedic and Neurology Departments, Gyne Ward and laboratory need special attention of the higher authorities.

The cleanliness in and around the hospital is also not satisfactory.

All the wards give ugly looks with no proper cleaning. Bath-rooms are in miserable shape.

The hospital lacks the latest equipment to cure the patients. There is no CT scan in the hospital while the MRI machine has been out of order for the last three years. The poor patients are advised to approach private outlets for these costly tests.

The hospital’s lab department also has no advance equipment and is unable to carry out reliable tests. The patients are mostly referred to private laboratories set up around the hospital.

Raza Khan, a patient, complained to APP of the misbehavior of doctors deputed in OPD. A large number of patients daily come to the hospital from far-flung areas, but they have to then opt for private clinics as orthopedic and neurology departments lacks proper facilities, hec added.

There are six dialysis machines in the hospital out of them two were provided by the Patients Welfare Association.

Aziza, who was in the hospital to look after her daughter-in-law, said there was a huge rush of patients in the Gyne Ward as two or more patients have to share a bed. No steps are being taken to expand the hospital to cope with the growing number of patients. There is only one childcare with 100 beds.

When contacted, Medical Superintendent Captian (R) Muhammad Fayyaz said efforts were made to improve the hygienic conditions in the hospital.

Regarding MRI machine, he said it was a very costly equipment and the Provincial Health Department was in touch with a company to purchase it.

He said ventilators were present at Medical and Surgical ICU and CCU while a High Dependency Unit had been set up in Children Ward to ensure better medical facilities for the patients.

At present, a large number of patients suffering from flu and diabetes visit the OPD daily where they are provided treatment by the expert physicians, he added.

Director Emergency Raja Shafiq Sarwar said that the present Emergency Unit expansion was carried out on a self-help basis without using any official funds. Seven aditional doctors and 16 nurses have been recruited for the expanded ward, he added.

Talking to the agency, President of Patients Welfare Association Sharjeel Mir said that the association was supplying medicines worth Rs 200,000 to 300,000 to the hospital every month for the treatment of poor and needy patients.