- A hospital in Sachal Goth allegedly asked for an advance from a patient who was taken to the emergency room in a critical condition
- Nazia was seriously injured after her dupatta got caught in a moving motorcycle tire, father said
- Doctors at Ruth KM Pfau Karachi Civil Hospital said she could survive if she was given timely medical attention
KARACHI: A callous allegation at a hospital here in the southern port city of Pakistan cost a young woman injured in a traffic accident after the facility allegedly refused her medical treatment until an upfront payment of Rs500,000 was paid.
The victim, Nazia, was seriously injured after her dupatta, or scarf, got stuck on a moving motorbike tire, her father said, adding that her brother rushed her to a private hospital in Sachal Goth in critical condition but the facility, not providing medical assistance, asked him to deposit Rs500,000 as a down payment.
According to Nazia’s brother, the hospital staff refused treatment without payment of Rs500,000 even after he informed the administration that he came in an emergency and had no money at the time.
He further stated that when he decided to take his injured sister to another medical facility after receiving no medical treatment for an hour, the hospital gave him a bill of Rs15,000, saying he “could only leave after paying some money.”
Nazia later died from delays in her treatment although she was later taken to the trauma center of Ruth KM Pfau Civil Hospital in Karachi, where doctors said she could “survive if she was given timely medical attention.”
Recent incidents highlight the fact that some private hospitals appear to be ignoring the Sindh government’s Compulsory Treatment of the Injured (Amal Umer) Bill, 2019.
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