LAHORE - The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has ordered the Multan District Police Officer (DPO) to initiate criminal proceedings against Lady Health Worker Nahida Sadiq, Tanvir Ahmed and Allahdad of Al-Mudassir Surgical Centre for malpractice and ignoring patient Amna in her treatment. Additionally, a fine of Rs500,000 has been imposed on the surgical centre and it has been closed down permanently. The PHC investigations revealed Nahida Sadiq, the owner of the establishment, had been treating patients with the assistance of untrained anesthetist Tanveer Ahmed and equally unqualified Allahdad.

Amna, resident of Nawabpura and wife of Muhammad Sajjad, was brought to the centre for surgery which was performed by Tanvir Ahmed. After the operation, the patient suffered excessive blood loss due to which her kidneys failed.

After that she was rushed to Multan Nishtar Hospital where she was put on dialysis. When her condition became worsened, Nahida obtained a false certificate from Dr Ilyas Chaudhry to the effect that the latter had performed Amna’s surgery. This claim was proved false in the inquiry conducted by the commission.

The case of Dr Ilyas Chaudhry has also been referred to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council for appropriate action. The commission has instructed the health department officials to conduct a survey of all healthcare establishments in Multan and take actions against their owners that employ unqualified professionals.

In another similar case, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has directed Multan DPO to initiate criminal proceedings against ZamZam Hospital’s owner Dr Ishfaq Gujjar for ignoring safety measures in a patient’s operation that died later.

Ambreen Naqvi, 26, was brought to the above mentioned healthcare establishment for removal of stones in her gall bladder.