Punjab Chief Minister pays surprise visit to THQ Hospital Raiwind without protocol

Lahore, October 23, 2016 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to THQ hospital Raiwind without protocol and reached the hospital only in two vehicles, today. He inspected different wards, inquired after the patients and asked about the facilities being provided in the hospital. He expressed displeasure over nonappearance of staff at reception. He reprimanded MS on poor cleanliness condition and dirtiness of washbasin in Operation Theatre of the hospital. He said that wastage of the hard-earned money of the poor nation in such a way is shameful.

Shehbaz Sharif said that he will not allow wastage of resources of the nation. He said that he has taken the responsibility of reforming the hospitals and will not rest content till the availability of quality health facilities to the patients. He said that he is personally visiting the hospitals to monitor the situation. The Chief Minister took strict notice of closure of pharmacy and store in the hospital. He said that crores of rupees have been spent on new hospital and common patients should benefit from it but the situation is lamentable.

He visited emergency ward, admonished MS and asked him, will he like to treat his relative in such dirty condition? The Chief Minister also expressed displeasure over falling of air-conditioner water on the wall of a ward, which was damaging the wall, and said that cleanliness and improvement of hygiene system is the responsibility of the administration. He reprimanded MS on seeing the sanitary staff without uniform and said that despite his clear directions not wearing uniform by the hospital staff is deplorable.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on providing quality and modern healthcare facilities to the people and modern hospitals are being set up throughout the province. Under this programme, a new hospital has been constructed at a cost of crores of rupees at Raiwind so that best medical facilities could be made available to the people at their doorstep but he expressed sorrow over seeing poor unhygienic condition, non-availability of quality medical facilities and medical staff during his visit today.

He said that appointment of orthopaedic surgeon has been made in the hospital but he has still not joined his duty. There was no gynaecologist present in the hospital and only one nurse was on duty in emergency ward. The Chief Minister displayed sadness over the situation of the hospital. He said that service to ailing humanity is a form of worship and there should be a spirit of serving the humanity.

Shehbaz Sharif also inquired from the patients and their attendants about the treatment facilities being provided in the hospital who told that hospital is splendid but there is lack of healthcare facilities and medical staff and they face difficulties due to non-presence of staff at noon. He said that fruits of resources of billions of rupees provided for public health facilities should reach the patients at every cost. The Chief Minister said that he is determined to improve the situation of the hospitals and expressed the hope that he will not rest content till the improvement of medical facilities and system of hospitals.

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