A couple of days back I heard a tragic news; a pregnant woman who had to give birth on road side because she was refused admission in the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Raiwind. 

The news shocked everyone. People raised questions about working of the healthcare system as well as the facilities available in the public sector hospitals.Punjab Chief Minister ShehbazSharif , who is known as hard task master and who is committed to serving the people and determined to provide all possible facilities mainly modern healthcare for everyone, took immediate notice of this incident. He asked the relevant authorities to take action against the people who wouldn’t admit the lady. 

According to the reports in the media, the chief minister not only suspended the Medical Superintendent and the Consultant Gynecologist but also ordered departmental inquiry and strict disciplinary action against them. Additionally, a LHV has been dismissed from service. The chief minister said that cruelty has been committed by all of them because non-provision of admission and subsequent treatment to a hapless expecting woman and all those responsible for this criminal act will have to be made accountable for their negligence of duties. 

He regretfully mentioned that he has been visited the hospital a number of time. The provincial government is dumping huge funds for improving healthcare facilities but there has been no visible improvement. 

This timely action by the chief minister against two senior health officials is commendable indeed and this will certainly and surely send a serious warning to all the public servants particularly health officials to do their duties efficiently, honestly and sincerely. 

In all fairness, the two ministers looking after the health sector should also be pulled up by the chief minister and told to deliver and do not bring bad name to him and the provincial government. 

MEEM ZAY RIFAT,  

Lahore, October 2