RAWALPINDI  - Allied hospitals, managed by Health Department, Punjab, are operating without the facility of MRI test leading to difficulties for the patients. Sources said that the patients are sent to expensive private medical laboratories for MRI tests. This doubles the financial burden on the patients, they added. In the tenure of former head of Allied hospitals, namely General Islam Naqvi, an MRI machine was bought for Rs 20 million. The machine could not be installed due to negligence of the administration. Sources said that, when the MRI machine was installed, it could not be brought to use due to technical fault.

Meanwhile, upgradation of ten municipal dispensaries has been delayed owing to the non-release of funds from government. Due to the rush in government hospitals the Punjab government had planned to upgrade 10 dispensaries to facilitate the rising number of patients.According to the plan, two female medical officers, two LMs, two nurses as well as other equipment was to be provided to these dispensaries. Forty per cent funds were released last year through which construction and repairing work was done in these dispensaries.

However, the remaining up gradation is in doldrums due to the non-release of the remaining 60 percent funds.

INP adds: Work on the project of children ward in the District Hospital Rawalpindi has been started. According to sources, the children ward would be constructed on a plot on the backside of new emergency ward and the Punjab government has released funds for the project.

The new ward would contain 32 beds initially but it would be extended to 100 beds ward later after getting more funds from the provincial government, the sources said, adding the ward would be completed till July next year and functional from August 1, 2013. Senior doctors, professors and surgeons would be appointed in the ward.

Earlier, the citizens residing in the surroundings of the district hospital had to go to Holy Family Hospital or Benazir Bhutto Hospital, as there was no children ward in the district hospital but now they would have the facility in their neighbourhood.