KARACHI – Several old buildings of Schools of Nursing, located in Karachi and in the interior of Sindh, are in a precarious condition, posing serious threats to the lives of hundreds of male and female students, sources said.
Most of Nursing Schools’ buildings have been lying in a dilapidated condition since long, but the officials of the provincial health department were not willing to get them renovated, they added.
An official of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center’s (JPMC) School of Nursing, who wished not to be quoted, told this correspondent that several buildings of Schools of Nursing, located within the premises of major public sector hospitals in Karachi as well as in the interior of Sindh, had been neglected for years.
Underscoring the need for carrying out repairs and renovation of all such buildings on a war-footing basis, the sources urged the provincial health authorities to immediately release the funds required for the purpose.
Citing examples of such buildings, the sources said that the JPMC School of Nursing’s hostel building is crumbling from years of neglect and it might collapse anytime.
Moreover, buildings of Lyari Town’s Ayaz Samoon Nursing Training Institute, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital’s School of Midwifery, Sukkur School of Nursing and Shikarpur School of Nursing, should also be repaired and renovated, or else their condition will further deteriorate.
The sources claimed that roof of Sukkur School of Nursing had collapsed in recent rains, but luckily no one was injured.
Meanwhile, Young Nurses Association’s (YNA) Sindh chapter’s president Ejaz Ahmed Kelari on being contacted by this correspondent confirmed that hostels and buildings of several Schools of Nursing, particularly those located in the interior of Sindh, are in a precarious condition and required immediate renovation.