Chief Justice takes notice of children’s deaths in Tharparkar
Karachi (web desk): Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took notice of numerous health problems in Sindh children’s deaths in Tharparkar.
The chief justice while hearing the suo motu case of the death of children, warned Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, who submitted a report prepared by government doctors to the court, for ridding himself of all responsibility by saying that children die because they are underweight.
“The report makes it look like you don’t have any responsibility at all,” Justice Nisar said at the SC Karachi registry, suggesting that Pechuho “offer his services to another department”.
Thr Secretary remarked that the deaths occurred due to child marriages among other reasons. “Many doctors are not willing to go to hospitals in districts such as Mithi and Tharparkar,” he said.
The secretary informed that court that 50% of the children die due to pneumonia or diarrhea. On this, the advocate general said that a good quality hospital has been constructed in Mithi and wheat is distributed for free to people in Thar.
Upon this, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah remarked that the court knows how much wheat is distributed for free, adding that all the wheat is targeted by those engaging in corrupt practices.
The CJP also observed that he saw the video pertaining to Larkana hospital, adding that he is embarrassed after watching it. “I am thinking of personally visiting Larkana.”
Addressing Senator Raza Rabbani, who appeared before the court today, the chief justice, said that the judiciary did not want to interfere in executive matters but is “compelled” to do so due to the poor state of affairs.
Chief justice also ordered the government to form a committee comprising “neutral doctors” working in Aga Khan Hospital or other hospitals of similar stature.