RAWALPINDI  – The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography) machine installed at Holy Family Hospital (DHQ) has been inoperative for last few years, forcing patients to go to private laboratories and other state-run hospitals of the garrison city.

It should be mentioned here that the only MRI and Angiogram machines in Rawalpindi government hospitals were installed at HFH and have been unusable for the last four years.

Sources said that due to the faulty machines, the administration has asked doctors to refer patients to private laboratories for CT scans on exorbitant charges.

Over 50 patients are recommended daily to get CT scans from private laboratories all over the city. It should be mentioned here that government hospitals charge Rs1,600 for a simple CT scan and Rs2,800 for a contrast CT while private laboratories charge Rs8,000 to Rs10,000 per scan respectively.

Moreover, Punjab government has failed to install necessary machines for tests and medicines at government hospitals.

On the other hand, doctors at the hospitals were of the view that they are forced to refer patients to private laboratories for medical tests as the machinery and equipment at government hospitals are out of order.

Citizens demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to repair the machines in order to improve the facility for patients who cannot afford private laboratories.

Op starts against CNG cylinder breach

Rawalpindi Transport Authority (RTA) has kicked off a crackdown against the public transport having more than two CNG cylinders, following the new government policy.

On the directives of the DCO Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar, Secretary RTA Ajmal Bukhari directed the public transporters to fix both the cylinders in the dickie/boot of their vehicles and warned that if more than two cylinders were found in some vehicle, the extra cylinders would be confiscated, besides fining the transporters. The Secretary RTA, with a team of the department, issued challan tickets to the owners of many public transport vehicles the other day.

Meanwhile, All Pakistan Public Transport Workers Union Chairman, Haji Zahoor Ahmed, President Abdul Rasheed Gondal, Vice President Orangzaib Rathor and Secretary General Dilawar Gardezi condemned the new policy of the government and said that installing two cylinders in the dickie of the vehicles would be dangerous for the commuters as the cylinders would be more vulnerable to blast there. They demanded of the government to allow them to install at least four cylinders under the seat in middle of the vehicles and not to impose heavy fines.

The transport union threatened to start countrywide strike and challenge the policy in the court if the decision was not taken back.