A team of ear, nose and throat (ENT) experts from Karachi Civil Hospital (CHK) removed a whistle from the throat of a seven-year-old boy from Shikarpur who was brought to Karachi after that medical professionals in his hometown as well as tertiary care facilities in Sukkur and Larkana failed to remove the whistle from his body.

Led by ENT surgeon Prof Dr Atif Hafeez Siddiqui, a team of ENT experts and anesthesiologists performed a two-and-a-half-hour bronchoscopy, a procedure to remove foreign bodies from the airways and successfully removed the whistle from his throat.

“This boy, Zakir Ali, who was blowing an instrument, had the whistle stuck in his throat a few days ago in Shikarpur. As no facility was available to remove the foreign object from his throat in his hometown, he was sent to Sukkur from where he was referred to Larkana, where doctors referred him to CHK for bronchoscopy ” , Professor Siddiqui told The News.

“We have removed several hairpins and other items from the upper respiratory tract of girls who accidentally swallow these pins while putting on or taking off their scarves. This is becoming common practice, but unfortunately this facility is not available in most tertiary care health facilities in the province, ”he added.

Calling for more staff, equipment and operating rooms for ENT specialists at CHK, Prof Siddiqui said that due to the unavailability of operating rooms, poor patients were forced to undergo their procedures surgical procedures in private hospitals.

He urged the Sindh government to provide more doctors and other paramedics to the CHK ENT department as well as to the whole hospital.

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