Whether it was negligence on part of medics or bad luck of Kashif, 7, he had to pay a heavy toll for coming to a state-run health facility. The poor boy was brought to the largest hospital of South Punjab - Nishtar Hospital Multan - by his parents from Khanewal to get him circumcised but the doctors operated his kidney instead. The criminal negligence by the doctors of Ward No-3 caused a severe outcry in the social circles and media besides leaving his parents in a state of severe shock.

In a recent development, the Punjab Secretary Health has suspended 12 persons including Assistant Professor of the ward Dr Abdul Latif Somroo. The other suspended doctors and paramedics include Senior Registrar Dr Rafiq Ahmad, Anaesthetist Dr Mahmood Arshad, Medical Officers Dr Tahir Nawaz and Dr Shabbir, House Officers Dr Naveera and Dr Moazzam, Charge Nurses Shagufta and Fauzia Jabeen, Operation Theatre Assistant Zulfiqar Bhatti, Ward Attendants Muhammad Ameen and Saeed Ahmad and Ward Cleaner Babar Aslam.

Although the Nishtar administration formed an inquiry committee to investigate into the matter, the committee played a conventional trick, putting entire blame on Ward Servant Saeed. “Two patients with the same name Kashif were on operation list. Saeed took this Kashif instead of the other Kashif. So, Saeed is responsible for this mishap and not doctors,” concluded the report. Almost all inquiries launched by the hospital administration end up the same, protecting the skin of medics instead of locating the persons responsible for the tragedies. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary Health has formed a three members inquiry committee led by the Additional Commissioner which included MIC Executive Director Dr Altaf Rana and Dr Mustafa Kamal Pasha. The committee will complete its investigation within two days and send its report to the secretary health.

DEADLINE FOR BUILDERS, ESTATE DEVELOPERS: DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has given a 15-day deadline to the builders and estate developers to get their illegal housing schemes registered within the given limit otherwise crackdown will be launched against them. According to details, the DCO has cancelled the holidays of officials of Multan Development Authority (MDA) and all Tehsil Municipal Administrations (TMAs) and they are asked to develop the record of all housing schemes and colonies forthwith. The DCO hurled a strict warning to the owners of housing schemes, saying their constructions would be demolished if they failed to get their schemes registered till deadline. He disclosed that 29 illegal housing schemes were demolished during the last three days and the citizens were protected from the swindlers. He said that the land mafia had minted billions by selling out the lands allocated for grave yards, mosques, parks and green belts but the district administration got these land vacated from the qabza mafia. He warned that the district government was going to launch a strict operation against illegal constructions and all buildings erected without approved construction plan would be demolished. He said that dangerous buildings and illegal constructions were marked by the district administration.