ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took a suo motu notice on conditions of the government hospitals in Lahore and in this connection issued notices to medical superintends of 19 government hospitals in the provincial capital.

All the medical superintendents have been directed to appear before the court in person tomorrow (Saturday) at the Supreme Court Branch Registry Lahore along with detailed report on availability of emergency machinery comprising ventilators, oxygen, incubators OTs facility, angiography machines, CT Scan, MRI, ambulances, etc.

The reports should explain availability of life-saving drugs and the medicines being provided to the patients free of cost and the medicines which the patients have to purchase from private medical stores.

The Chief Justice also asked for details about the availability of required qualified doctors and nursing staff. All the Medical Superintendents of the 19 government hospitals have been called to be present in-person along with referred detailed reports reflecting the positions of respective hospitals. There has been much hue and cry from the public complaining the non-availability of even life-saving drugs and non-functional emergency equipments, the court noted.

Justice Nisar on Wednesday while hearing KP mining illegal lease said that the court would be focusing on human issues, particularly those relating to the people’s right to quality education and healthcare. He said that it would be the apex court agenda for 2018. The top court is already hearing cases regarding provision of clean water in Sindh and Punjab as well as one regarding high fee in Punjab’s medical colleges.