LAHORE- With the return of scorching heat, gastro and diarrhea patients kept pouring in public sector hospitals across the province.

Unscheduled electricity outages and scarcity of necessary drugs have been rubbing salt into the wounds while authorities have turned and a deaf ear to a litany of complaints.

As many as 1,699 gastro patients, including women and children were brought to different hospitals in Lahore on Saturday. Out of 1699 new cases, 301 were reported from Lahore General Hospital, 270 from Mayo Hospital, 183 from Jinnah Hospital, 115 from Children’s Hospital, 89 from Services Hospital, 70 from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and 721 from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in Lahore. The situation is no different in other cities where hospitals are treating hundreds of gastro, diarrhea and measles patients in addition to routine cases.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and its adjoining area. A shallow westerly wave is expected to affect northern parts of the country on Sunday (evening/night).

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country including Lahore during the next couple of days. However dust-storm with isolated light rain is expected in north Balochistan, Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan during evening/night. On Saturday, Dadu remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 49 degree Celsius. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 43 C and 26 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 25 per cent. The Lahorites avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. The Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children at noon and in the afternoon. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen bathing in the canal. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.