HAFIZABAD-Hundreds of dwellers of Mohallah PirKaly Shah took out a rally to protest against the continued disruption of electric supply in their locality for the past one week.

They raised slogans against Gepco and blocked traffic on the railway gate for about half an hour. They said that the transformer of their locality had gone out of order but Gepco staff was not taking pains to repair or replace the transformer. As a result, their locality has been plunged into darkness for the past one week, they said. They also accused the employees of demanding bribe for replacing the transformer.

NGO ANTI-TB SERVICES HIGHLIGHTED: Appreciating the District Anti-TB Association for launching campaign to eliminate the disease, DCO Muhammad Ahmad Rajwana called on the philanthropists to donate generously to assist the association in eliminating the disease from the district.

Addressing an annual meeting of the association, he said that mitigating the sufferings of ailing humanity is the best worship. He assured the office-bearers of establishing a waiting room for patients at DHQ Hospital, adding that a store would shortly be provided to the anti-TB Association and dialysis kidney unit. Moreover, a machine for Hepatitis B would shortly be provided in the DHQ Hospital. He also appreciated the association for smoothly running dialysis and kidney unit in the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad since long. He particularly praised UK based Pakistani businessman Muhammad Shafique Naqashbandi for donating more than six dialysis machines.

Earlier, the secretary of the association Sheikh Muhammad Nafees told the DCO that the association has started its operation in 1981. Since then, it has been treating and curing the patients on the donation of well-to-do citizens of the district, he added. “A total of 530 patients were admitted and treated in the TB clinic from July 2015 to May 2016 of which 246 including 117 women and 19 children have regained their health,” he informed. He further told him that 2,861 laboratory tests and 759 X-rays were conducted during the period and total sum of Rs3627,692 was spent by the association.

Founder of the association Haji Muhammad Ishaq, Col (r) Ali Ahmad Awan, DHQ Hospital Medical Superintendent and EDO Health were also present on the occasion.