About 20 operations are put off every day and around 60 have been postponed so far in few days in a 1400-bed Jinnah Hospital.

Hospital sources said 1000 patients including 300 visit the emergency department of the hospital for treatment every day and around 30 needed surgery but due to persistent unscheduled loadshedding the six operation theatres of the hospital have become almost dysfunctional.

They said the management had to revise the list of operations and postpone them for the next day but the same situation of loadshedding arose the next day. Over 60 operations have been postponed in the last four days, they added.

Meanwhile, due to severe shortage of medicines doctors are forced to advice patients to buy medicines from the market.

A doctor on condition of anonymity said that the health department on February 25 had made an agreement with doctors at a protest camp for the provision of medicines to patients in all public sector hospitals but despite the passage of two and a half months the promise could not be fulfilled.

When contacted, MS Dr Ijaz Shaikh said some operations were postponed due to loadshedding which was also affecting all hospitals.

However, he admitted the shortage of medicines and said the management was taking steps to overcome the problem.–APP