Medicine and Health Care

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RESEARCH PROPOSAL

ON TOPIC

“EFFECT OF ELECTRICITY LOAD SHEDDING ON PERFORMANCE OF PRIVATE CLINICS & SMALL HOSPITALS IN KARACHI”

(AN OBSTACLE IN PROVISION OF BASIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES)

BY

DR. AQUIL AHMED KHAN

MBA Batch: SA-003, CP-2008

Enrolment No. 09/2008/049

SUPERVISOR

MR. RIAZ HUSSAIN SOOMRO

INSTITUTE OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT
DOW UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
KARACHI

1- Introduction

1.1- Background of study

Electricity load shedding is common in Karachi. It is often unexpected and most of the time scheduled activity. On one hand it reflects the bad governance and socio-economic failure, on other hand it impacts on the health care services. Its major impact is visible in the
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1.5- Limitations

• As health sector & electricity provision are entirely different and separate fields, there is no sufficient attention & specific literature available considering load shedding and its impact on provision of health care services in Karachi.

• Current law & order and political environment may cause deficit in open communications and cooperative primary data collection.

2- Literature Review

The prolonged and frequent load shedding by the KESC has become a major threat to trade and industrial activities of Karachi and urgent steps are required to cope with this menace. The utility service providers power distribution and generation services have deteriorated, sharply, nowadays and Karachi is being plunged into darkness after every one-hour interval (PPI, 2009). The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has been accused of increasing sufferings of patients at different hospitals of Karachi by carrying out massive load shedding for several hours despite arrival of summer season. PPI learnt on Wednesday that due to load-shedding, power generators are run from morning to noon and are switched off afternoon, causing torments to the patients (PPI, 2009), health centers and seminaries were facing serious problems due to prolonged load shedding. Despite the tall claims by the authorities of WAPDA and KESC, Karachiites were facing 12 to 14-hours daily

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