RECENTLY I encountered a miserable situation when I took my uncle, who had severe stomach pain, to hospital. This was not the first time that I visited Karachi hospitals but this was the worst experience ever.

At 2100 hours, with a fear in my heart carrying my uncle with painful screams, I visited four topmost hospitals of Karachi and after reaching each hospital’s emergency department I saw a hopeless situation.

In the first hospital which comes on the top five list, I was told to take back my patient as they didn’t have sufficient space to even look at the patient. I rushed my uncle to the other one right beside it and one of the most expensive where the situation was even worse.

My uncle kept lying there for more than one-and-a-half hours and no one even bothered to ask as to what had happened to him. The cherry on the top was that the hospital administration was more bothered about the car which I left in a hurry without parking it in the designated parking area , almost 500 metres away from the emergency department.

How can one leave the patient dying in pain at the door and park the car? After spending the tormenting hours I was told to take my patient to another hospital as they were working on optimum capacity of workforce and had no time to at least give a first aid.

Then I rushed to another renowned hospital where I was relieved by having doctor assistance at least but they put me in another trouble by saying that they wanted immediate ultrasound of stomach and they didn’t have the facility at that time. I immediately called all the big hospitals of the city and received the same answer that their labs are closed; that was possible only in the morning.

Standing there with such a sense of helplessness, I could do nothing.

Why don’t authorities take some action as nothing can be more significant than giving the first aid and appropriate cure to a person dying?


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March 19, 2013 9:23 am
Ah Pakistan, where human life is the cheapest commodity
March 19, 2013 1:18 pm
Doctors take oath to save a human life. I guess our doctors are just like political leaders. Oath is meaning less. We being so called Muslims should know that saving a life is saving the whole humanity. (Holy Quran)?.. Question is do we believe in it????We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and care for humanity can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. My sympathy for Mr Rehman for going through that torment?.
March 19, 2013 4:48 pm
the hospitals are absolutely commercial organizations. the doctors want to mint miney . Who cares for the patients.
Gerry D'Cunha
March 19, 2013 6:46 pm
if only muslims had to follow what their Holy Quran teaches them, there would be less troubles in practically all muslim countries,as compaired to other religious dominion
March 20, 2013 5:46 am
Hey doctors arnt angels "If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" build more hospitals , and stop killing doctors give them there fair share of wages then comment !
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