HAFIZABAD - Commuters across the district protested against overcharging by the transporters operating on different routes and have asked the authorities concerned to take a notice against the "daylight robbery".

The transports are charging Rs70 against Rs40 fixed fare for Hafizabad to and from Sukheki route, Rs120 instead of Rs55 fare fixed for Hafizabad to and from Pindi Bhattian, Rs150 instead of Rs100 for Hafizabad to and from Lahore and Rs150 Hafizabad to and from Gujranwala with connivance of the traffic police and other authorities concerned.

The Regional Transport Authority, supposed to protect the public rights, has also failed to force the transporters to charge fixed fares. The public appealed to the government to ensure implementation of fixed fares. They also alleged overloading in the vans.

HEART CENTRE DEMANDED: Members of civil society have appealed to the Punjab Health Ministry to establish a heart care centre in the District Headquarters Hospital of Hafizabad to facilitate the heart patients in the area.

There are 125 sanctioned posts of doctors but only 24 have so far been posted in the hospital for more than 1,500,000 population. There is no ECG machine in the Hospital owing to which most of the heart patients are referred to private hospitals established by most of the in-service doctors or referred to Lahore. It is unfortunate that most of the cardiac patients being referred to Lahore expire before reaching the destination.

As many as 250,000 patients visit the DHQ during 2012. 30,000 patients visited emergency ward and more than 20,000 patients were treated as indoor patients during the year.

Sheikh Muhammad Zahid, the president of a society, called upon the Health Ministry to fill the vacant posts of specialist doctors to provide better health care to the masses. He also suggested a ban on private practicing by in-service doctors for better healthcare services in the government hospitals.