muhammad Aamir ali


Because of corruption, the administration of District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital of Vehari has failed to provide healthcare for the patients.

Citizens said that an incident of medicines theft took place about 15 months before and former store keeper Abdul Qayoom and other officials were involved in the corruption. Danewal police had recovered most of the stolen medicines from the accused but the health officials had taken no action against the real accused, they added..

In the situation of DHQ Vehari, District Coordination Officer Hotyana has gone on leaves while Medical Superintendent of DHQ Dr Shahid has been transferred himself due to his negligence.

Lawyers, traders, civil society activist and common public of Vehari protested against the administration of DHQ Hospital. They said that gross irregularities have been unearthed in the Health Department regarding the purchase of medicines for the hospital. They added that administration and other clerical staff of DHQ stroke deals with pharmaceutical companies and medical stores for the supply of substandard medicines to the hospital.

They said that admin of DHQ Vehari received millions of rupees funds every year for medicines but the situation is deteriorating as administration had failed to provide healthcare for the patients. They said that hospital staff adopted unofficial attitude with the patients and DCO Vehari and health officials are responsible for the worsening affairs in DHQ Hospital. The people repeatedly complained to DCO Nasir Jamal Hotyana and EDO Health Afzal Bashir but to no avail.

The protesters including advocates Akhtar Nadeem, Amjad Afzal, Kashif Shah and Javed shah said that most of the private hospitals were being run by the government doctors. The DHQ Hospital is also ideal spot for the aspirants of getting fake medico-legal certificates, they said.

They said thousands of patients visit DHQ Hospital daily for medical treatment but they turn to private clinics and hospitals due to absence of facilities. They demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should look into the matter and take strict action against the corrupt mafia.