General Hospital demands more police force amid security concerns


–Final notice issued to private security company over violations

LAHORE: The administration of the Lahore General Hospital (LGH) has written a letter to the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), demanding more police force amid the security concerns.

According to the letter, it has been stated that the present number of personnel is insufficient while it is required that more people should be deputed immediately owing to these concerns.

Meanwhile, a private security company, which was already fined twice, has also been issued a final warning. If ex-servicemen are not provided, the contract between the LGH and the company may be cancelled, the notice said.

Talking in this regard, Principal Ameer Uddin Medical College and LGH Prof Mohammad Tayyab has said that it is their prime duty to ensure the security of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other employees and hostel and residential colony.

In the letter to the police, it has been elaborated that 9,000 patients and 30,000 other persons visit daily the LGH daily. It is also mentionable that in 2016, 11 constables were working and out of those now only 2 are remaining so it is the dire need to get more manpower for the security purposes.

Principal Prof Mohammad Tayyab also asked the hospital administration to get the credentials of the present security staff verified from the law enforcing agencies, especially from the special branch.

He has also directed the security director and the administrative doctors to keep a vigilant eye and ensure close monitoring of security staff to ensure the proper safety in the hospital. He said that all the CCTV cameras should be functional and there should be no lapse in this regard.

It is pertinent to mention here that a sweeper allegedly tried to rape a woman medical officer in the emergency ward of the hospital Rahim Yar Khan’s Shaikh Zayed Medical College and Hospital (SZMC&H). On Saturday, Punjab Health secretary suspended the principal and medical superintendent of the hospital in light of a report submitted by a committee probing the incident of attempted rape.