LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to District Headquarters Hospital and inspected medical facilities being provided to patients. He went round different wards of the hospital and inquired from patients about the standard of facilities and service they are being rendered.

The chief minister expressed displeasure over the poor sanitary conditions in the hospital, filth in toilets, unavailability of water and lights and dirty bed sheets. He strongly reprimanded the hospital administration and issued instructions for immediate improvement of cleanliness arrangements. Shahbaz Sharif expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the Kasur DCO, the DHQ Hospital Medical Superintendent and the EDO Health. The chief minister reminded them that provision of best medical facilities in the hospital is their responsibility which they failed to discharge. He said that he is disappointed with the arrangements for the provision healthcare in the hospital and the condition of wards.

The Punjab CM declared that those who do not serve the ailing humanity have no right to stay on their posts. He said that the Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on improving condition of hospitals and provision of quality healthcare to the patients. He declared that improper use of funds is a criminal negligence as benefits of the resources being spent must reach the masses, adding that the hospitals' administration would have to improve conditions and provide best medical facilities to the patients. While taking notice of filthy condition of hospital toilets and unavailability of water and lights, Shahbaz Sharif expressed displeasure and said that absence of basic facilities for patients in the hospital is a big question mark on the efficiency of hospital administration and the Health Department authorities. He also took on the spot action on the complaint regarding unavailability of medicines in the hospital and ordered scrutiny of the record of medicines supplied and used in the DHQ Hospital. He warned that those found involved in negligence would not escape punishment.

Attendants of the patients while complaining to the CM said that they are asked to bring medicines from the market. At which the chief minister ordered the DCO to immediately repay the money spent by the patients on the purchase of medicines.