KARACHI– Hepatitis Prevention & Control Programme (HPCP), Sindh, has been facing acute shortage of doctors, staff nurses, lab technologists and Data Operators at its Sentinel Sites.
Sources at Sindh Hepatitis & Control Programme informed that there are 61 Sentinel Sites in Sindh province running under Hepatitis Programme out of them 15 such sites are operating in Karachi city. The Sentinel Sites of Karachi and interior Sindh have been acute shortage of human resources like; doctors, staff nurses, lab technologists and Data Operators.
The doctors, nurses and technologists and others staff who were working at Sentinel Sites of Hepatitis Programme transfered to other departments by heads or medical superintendents of health facilities or lost interest to work here after regularization of jobs, creating issues for HPCP management to run the affairs of Sentinel Sites smoothly.
Approximately 138 posts are lying vacant at Sentinel Sites therefore some Sentinel Sites of working with insufficient staff as well as some are non-functional due to shortage of staff.
Programme Manager, Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program, Sindh, Dr Khadim Qureshi , was not available for comments.