The impoverished people of Sadiqabad have been deprived of healthcare facilities and medicines at the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, it is learnt.

The THQ Hospital faces shortage of medicines even in cases of emergency while the official ambulance is being misused as the transportation facility remains unavailable for the deserving persons.

Sources said that the ambulance was used by the doctors and other hospital staff thereby adding to the patients and their families’ woes. The citizens demanded that the officials concerned should ensure the provision of healthcare facilities at the hospital instead of making it a centre where patients are referred to other hospitals for treatment. The citizens included Abdullah, Mehmood, Waqas, Mujahid, Abdul Rahuf, Irfan, Shabbir, Aslam, Zubair, Talib and Ahmad Hassan.

They said that whenever patients in critical condition were brought at the THQ Hospital, the doctors refer them to Sheikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan. They added that various vacancies of specialist doctors were lying vacant. They alleged that most of the hospital doctors were running their private hospitals or clinics and they refer more often than not the patients visiting the THQ Hospital to their private health facilities.  The citizens demanded that the Punjab chief minister should take a stern action against the situation and should ensure provision of medicines and other facilities at the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital of Sadiqabad besides ensuring availability of ambulance for patients only.

PROVISION OF JUSTICE PLEDGED: Superintendent of Police Circle Zeshan Shafiq Siddiqi while listening to complaints of the local people at his office in Sadiqabad said that provision of timely justice for the aggrieved people was his top priority. He directed his subordinates to investigate cases on merit and play a vital role for provision of justice to the complainants.

He also warned that no negligence in the regard would be tolerated. He asked the police officials to compassionately treat the complainants at police stations. He said that the police would give in to no influence or pressure regarding the provision of justice. On the occasion, he also heard the complaint of Iram Bibi of Jamaldin Wali. She told him that her husband had conned her out of her plot and then sold it out. She further said that a case against her husband was registered after one and half years but investigation into the case was not being carried out on merit whereupon the SP ordered investigation into the case on merit.

CALL FOR UNITY AGAINST US: Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Vice Chairman Ehsanul Haq Asad urged the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Countries and the Arab League to play their role to stop the US from launching any aggression against Syria. He said that if the US attacked the Islamic country, Pakistani people would fully support the Syrian government and the people, said and added that Syrian land would be made graveyard of the US attackers. The US, Israel and India, he said, are involved in conspiracies against the Muslim Ummah and have launched genocide of the Muslims in various parts of the world.  He stressed the need for forging unity among the Muslim countries to thwart the US conspiracy against Muslim Ummah.