There is no burn unit at any hospital of Sialkot district, having a population of 4.4 million, leaving the patients with burns with the options ‘to die’ or rush for medical treatment to Lahore, Islamabad and other main cities.

Sialkot which now has an international standard medical college - Kh Muhammad Safdar Medical College, two DHQ teaching hospitals - Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital Sialkot and Govt Sardar Begum Memorial Teaching Hospital Sialkot, three THQ Civil hospitals at Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. However, there is no burn unit in any of these hospitals to provide emergency medical treatment to patients with burns. The patients of any fire incident or those who sustain burns in any mishap have to rush towards Lahore, Islamabad or other main cities for getting medical treatment. The long distance, people have to travel, have taken several precious lives so far but despite this fact, nobody on the part of elected representatives or officials have never bothered to establish a burn unit in any hospital of the district.

In 2002, the then Sialkot District Nazim Mian Naeem Javaid had approved a project for establishing a well-equipped burn unit at Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot, but it could not be established due to the unavailability of the requisite funds.

Since then, no one had ever felt the need for the establishment of a burn unit at Sialkot despite knowing the fact that early establishment of a burn unit is the dire need of the people and demand of the day.

Local senior lawyers - Lala Mubashar Butt, Mian Ghulam Farooq, Mian Ghulam Farooq, Syed Habibul Hassan and Adnan Dar and local social, political, business and religious circles have expressed grave concern over the apathy of the government in this regard.

They have urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Shumail Ahmed Khawaja and EDO (Health) Sialkot Dr Javaid Warraich to look into the matter and ensure early establishment of a burn unit at Sialkot in the larger interest of local people.

TWO HELD TAKING BRIBE: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has arrested two accused officials of Narowal Revenue Administrator Office while taking bribe from a citizen.

Reportedly, clerk Muhammad Sohaib and Naib Qasid Muhammad Nawaz were taking Rs10,000 in cash as bribe from Tanveer Hussain for his work. The ACE team led by Muhammad Sajid Virk arrested them red handed while taking bribe.