Patients are being fleeced by private laboratories as the X-ray machines of Daska Civil Hospital have been lying out of order for the last one month due to funds paucity.

Due to the out of order X-ray machines at the ward and TB clinic of the hospital, all the indoor and outdoor patients are forced to go the private laboratories for their x-rays.

When contacted, Medical Superintendent Dr Sajjad Nabi told newsmen that the hospital administration had brought the matter into the notice of the higher authorities of the Health Department. He said that the department had approved a grant of Rs1 million for the purpose. He also pointed out that there was no budget to purchase life-saving drugs for the newly established cardiology, urology and ENT departments of Daska Civil Hospital. He said that doctors were doing their job in these newly established three departments without any sort of machinery, equipments and medicines.

The doctors only check the patients while they have to purchase medicines from the private medical stores, as there was no budget allocated for medicines at the hospital, he said.

 The MS added that the hospital management had sent a separate case to the department for allocation of budget for these departments. He narrated that Rs1 million was direly needed for the early establishment of a five-bed well-equipped Cardiology Ward. He urged philanthropists to donate generously for ensuring early functioning of the cardiology ward.

PROJECTS REVIEWED: Punjab government has released a special grant of Rs100 million for the reconstruction, renovation and beautification of old building of Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital, said the Gujranwala Division commissioner.

Khawaja Shamail Ahmed disclosed was addressing a meeting held to review the pace of the under-completion development projects in Sialkot district. The meeting was told that the renovation work would start soon.