A recently installed CT Angiography machine at Multan Institute of Cardiology has gone dysfunctional because of absence of trained staff in the hospital, sources disclosed.

Ironically, the Punjab government spent millions of rupees on the purchase and installation of the machine but did not appoint trained staff to ensure its effective functioning. “Instead the summary sent by the hospital for the appointment of required staff was rejected by the Provincial Health Department,” sources further revealed.

The poor policies of the Punjab health bureaucracy are going to cost national exchequer millions and it is feared that the machine would go out of order while lying dysfunctional. Sources disclosed that the hospital’s Board of Management also rejected another proposal put forward by the hospital administration. “The management suggested to the board to pay the salaries of the machine operating staff from PLA account but this proposal was turned down as well,” sources added. It may not be out of place to mention here that the installation of the machine is done but the patients cannot benefit from it because of absence of operating staff.

12 CRITICAL BAZAARS: Besides four Sahoolat Bazaars, the government has declared 12 markets of Multan as Critical Bazaars to facilitate the public in Multan district. These markets include Delhi Gate, Hussain Agahi, Chowk Kumharanwala, Gulshan Market, Gulgasht, MDA Chowk, BCG Chowk, Chowk Shah Abbas, Wilayatabad, Old Shujabad Road, Garden Town and Mumtazabad market.

The District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal told the journalists on Thursday that separate price control magistrates were appointed for each bazaar and fruits, vegetables as well as all other daily use items were available at these bazaars on five to 10 per cent lower rates than ordinary market. He said that the price control magistrates visited the bazaars daily and compared the rates with ordinary market to prevent the shopkeepers from profiteering.

To a query, he said that encroachments from sabzi mandi had completely been eliminated and a police post was set up to maintain law and order. He added that the sabzi mandi would be made the best vegetable market of Punjab.