Surgeries at 15 theatres stopped

The Punjab Healthcare Commission has suspended surgeries in 15 operation theatres of 11 hospitals, and issued show-cause notices to 33 healthcare establishments for violating the PHC Act 2010, and not implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards.  According to a press release, one each operation theatre of the tehsil headquarters hospitals of Arifwalla, Liaqatpur, Kot Momin, Kabirwalla, Sarai Alamgir, Bhaghtanwala and Sahiwal (Sahiwal), and two each of the Layton Rehmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT) Free Eye hospital Sargodha, Bewal International Hospital Gujar Khan, THQ Hospital Khanpur and DHQ Hospital Chiniot.  The respective administrations of these hospitals have been directed by the PHC to suspend surgeries in these operation theatres since these OTs were unfit for any medical procedures. These theatres would become functional only after the administrations concerned would submit laboratory reports and written replies to the Punjab Healthcare Commission after having implemented the standardised measures in these theatres.  In its 37 inspections of both public and private hospitals of different districts during the last two working days, notices were served to seven hospitals for not implementing measures for the disposal of the medical waste. These include Bewal International Hospital Gujar Khan, THQ hospitals of Kot Momin, Bhagtanwalla and Sahiwal (Sargodha), Nishter Institute of Dentistry Multan and Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases.–Staff Reporter

Police get three-day remand of ‘rapist’

An anti-terrorism court Tuesday granted police three-day remand of Imran Ali in Kasur child rape case. Police produced the suspect before the court of Sajjad Ahmad amid strict security, and pleaded his DNA samples matched with the samples collected from the bodies of seven other minor girls besides Zainab. The investigation officer pleaded for five-day physical remand of the suspect, saying that it was revealed during the investigation that he was involved in rape and murder of seven other minors. The judge, however, allowed three-day physical remand of the suspect. Earlier, on Jan 24, the same court handed over the suspect to police on a 14-day  physical remand, with directive to the investigators to produce him with investigation report. The investigators told the court that they found the DNA of the suspect matched with the DNA samples taken from the bodies of Zainab, Kainat, Tehmina and at least five other minors.–Staff Reporter

 Four accused of murder arrested

 City division investigation police claimed to have arrested four accused and recovered Rs 1.1 million and other valuables from them. Addressing a press conference at police station Lower Mall here on Tuesday, SP City Syed Qarar Hussain said that special police team were taking action against the criminals to maintain law and order. He said that police team of Misri Shah circle had arrested a accused Sufyan Ali, involved in a murder case, the SP said and added that three accused Waqas, Hassan and Basit of a gang have also been arrested by Islampura police. The police have also recovered two pistols, six motorcycles, Rs 800,000 and other valuables from them, the SP added. He said the accused have confessed more than 42 crime incidents during initial investigation, whereas further interrogation was in progress. However, SSP Investigation Mubashir Mekan has announced commendatory certificates and cash reward for the raiding police team.–APP