SIALKOT - As many as 74 posts of different categories including those of doctors and paramedics have been lying vacant for a long time at Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot.

The officials concerned are allegedly reluctant to fill these vacant posts.

Two years ago, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif upgraded the hospital and also increased the number of the beds to 400 from 293. But the number of beds has not been increased to 400 by the Health Department.

When contacted, the hospital administration claimed that the Sialkot Health Department officials had written several letters to the higher authorities of the Punjab Health Department for appointments on these vacant posts. The 387 posts of Grade I to 20 were sanctioned for this hospital out of which 74 posts have been lying vacant.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOON: The provincial government has released a special grant of Rs120 million for the establishment of Govt.

Fatima Jinnah Degree College for Women at village Dhalleywali near Head Marala here.

PML-N MPA Rana Iqbal Harnah said while talking to newsmen here said that construction work of the project would start soon on six acres of land.

He narrated that the piece of land was located between the area of two canals near Upper Chenab Canal which was earlier owned by the irrigation department.