Committee formed to resolve water crisis at Civil Hospital Hyderabad

By Aftab Ahmed
May 27, 2024
Civil Hospital Hyderabad building front. — Heritage of Sindh Website/File

HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of absence of drinking water at the Liaquat University Hyderabad also known as Civil Hospital Hyderabad after the hospital medical superintendent (MS) Dr Ejaz Ahmed Abbasi complained about it in letters to the Hyderabad deputy commissioner and Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Hyderabad managing director (MD).


On Sunday, Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Ahsan Ali Qureshi, Deputy Commissioner Zainul Abidin Memon, Wasa Hyderabad MD Zeeshan Malik, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company’s (Hesco) Ameer Ali Memon visited the Civil Hospital Hyderabad where they were briefed by the MS on the problems being faced by the health facility.

The commissioner directed the Wasa MD and Hesco officer not to stop power supply to the feeder of the Civil Hospital Hyderabad in order to ensure uninterrupted water supply there.

Qureshi said steps would be taken to immediately resolve the water supply crisis at the hospital and a four-member committee had been formed for the purpose comprising Dr Aftab Hussain Phull from the hospital and representatives of Hesco, district administration and Wasa.

The committee has been tasked with ensuring a 24-hour continuous water supply to resolve the water crisis at the Civil Hospital Hyderabad. On the occasion, Dr Abbasi informed the Hyderabad commissioner and deputy commissioner about facilities at the hospital. He said there were 2,000 beds at the Civil Hospital Hyderabad and Jamshoro.

The MS added that apart from the Hyderabad district, patients from 18 districts, including those in Balochistan, came to the hospital for treatment of their health problems.

He said each patient on average was accompanied by three to four attendants, and they needed water for drinking as well as water in washrooms. Water was also required at the hospital for surgeries, dialysis and other treatments, Dr Abbasi maintained.

He said the water crisis at the hospital intensified due to the shutdown of drinking water supply to the health facility by Wasa for last several days, which forced the administration to buy water from water tankers.

He said that letters had been sent to various authorities, including the Wasa MD and Hyderabad mayor, after which the CM took notice of the water crisis. He expressed the hope that the administration would solve the water crisis at the Civil Hospital Hyderabad on an emergency basis.