Minister health pays marathon visits to hospitals

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Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir along with Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan paid marathon visits to nine hospitals of southern Punjab on Friday. While visiting Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital Liaqatpur, the minister found expensive medical equipment, packed since arrival almost two years ago, lying on the floor, uninstalled. The minister took notice of the situation and immediately suspended Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Nadim Zain.Ventilators, ear, nose, throat (ENT) examination machines, ICU beds and incubators were also packed and uninstalled.

Moreover, the patients also complained about having to bring medicines from the market. The minister directed Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan to conduct inquiry against the MS and submit a report within 48 hours.

Khawaja Imran Nazir visited THQ Hospitals Fort Abbas, Khairpur Tamewali, Mandi Yazman, Khanpur, Ahmedpur East, Manchanabad, Haroonabad and District Headquarters Hospital Bahawalnagar.

For a good performance and arrangements of cleanliness in THQ Hospital Fort Abbas, the minister directed Secretary Health to issue appreciation letter to the MS.

Khawaja Imran Nazir issued warning letter to the MD THQ Hospital Khairpur Tamewali as patients in the hospital were made to bring medicines from the market and for poor cleanliness condition in the hospital.

The minister also appreciated the administration of THQ Hospital Khanpur for satisfactory arrangements in the hospital and good hygienic conditions. However, the minister directed MS to be careful in future as he did not install two incubators in pediatric ward. Similarly, Khawaja Imran Nazir warned MSTHQ Hospital Manchanabad on receiving a complaint from the patients for having to bring medicines from the market and directed the MS to return the amount to the patients. Khawaja Imran Nazir directed the hospital administration to improve cleanliness and hygiene and ensure free provision of medicines to the patients.