KARACHI: A ten-month-old girl died on Wednesday as doors of one of Karachi’s biggest public medical facility, Civil Hospital, were closed as part of security measures taken for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit.
Bisma breathed her last after her parents were refused entry to the Civil Hospital’s emergency department for over an hour. “I brought my 10-month-old daughter who was suffering from a breathing illness to the Civil Hospital’s Emergency Ward but security guards did not allow me inside,” Bisma’s father told reporters.
The parents of the deceased girl expressed their angst over the unfair treatment of the hospital’s authorities and demanded justice from the government.
Doors of the hospital were closed for patients and people were caught in hours-long traffic jam as part of security measures taken for the PPP chairman and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s visit. The PPP leaders were invited to visit a newly built trauma centre in the government facility which is most visited by the city’s impoverish citizens to seek cheap medical treatment.
However, a Bilawal House spokesperson denied the news. “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit lasted just for 15 to 20 minutes and the road to the trauma center was different than that of Civil Hospital where some news channels have reported about the girl’s death,” Jameel Soomro said.
“Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited the trauma center, inaugurated and returned within 15 to 20 minutes without any traffic jams or protocol,” he added. Further, the spokesperson upheld that Bilawal does not need security protocol and some “elements are targeting his visits and generating negative media coverage.”
Further, Bilawal ordered the Sindh government to conduct an impartial inquiry into the incident.
“A transparent inquiry should be conducted into the reported death and complete findings should be made public,” the PPP chairman said. “Anyone found responsible must be taken to task.”
NEO Monitoring Desk