The Daska THQ Civil Hospital lacked a trauma centre, forcing local patients to visit far-off cities like Lahore.

During a survey this correspondent learnt that the victims of fatal roads accidents, occurred on main Sialkot-Daska-Gujranwala Road and main Daska-Pasrur Road, are usually referred to Gujranwala or Lahore hospitals from Daska Civil Hospital due to unavailability of trauma centre at the hospital. Most of the victims succumb to their injuries on the way to Gujranwala or Lahore hospital before any emergency treatment.

On the other hand, the Daska Civil Hospital management said that a case has already been sent to the Punjab government for final approval of establishing a well-equipped trauma centre at the hospital and fund for the project.

The officials of Sialkot health department said that they have been waiting for a “go ahead” from the provincial government in this regard. The early establishment of trauma centre at Daska Civil Hospital has been a longstanding demand of people of Daska. Local social, religious, health and political circles have expressed grave concern over the situation. They said that the situation calls into question tall claims of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding good governance. They urged the Punjab chief minister, Sialkot DCO Dr Asif Tufail and EDO (Health) Dr Javed Warraich to look into the matter and ensure early establishment of a trauma centre in the Daska hospital.

INAUGURATION: The inaugural ceremony of One Window facilitation Desk for Overseas Pakistanis will be held at Sialkot International Airport here on Tuesday (today).

SIAL Chairman Malik Muhammad Ashraf said that Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqi will be the chief guest at the ceremony.