Medical waste being dumped around Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: The scale of government apathy towards what health experts described as a ‘volatile source of infection’ could be gauged from the heaps of unattended medical waste lying in and outside one of city’s largest public sector hospitals.

A visit to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) on Wednesday showed that there were three garbage dumps, one of them located within the boundary wall of the hospital’s trauma centre, where all kinds of medical wastes were being thrown away.

Two garbage dumps, located a few yards from the hospital, were being used by nearby laboratories to discard their refuse. Information gathered from the ASH revealed that the staff was using hospital premises for dumping medical waste for a long time.

No administrative official of the hospital was immediately available for comments.

“Now, who would impose Section 144 here and remove this hazardous waste endangering public health? Do we need a celebrity to force the government to do its job,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad of the Pakistan Medical Association.

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