ATTOCK - A sorry state of affairs at the Punjab hospitals still prevails as a woman gave birth to a child in an ambulance outside the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Hassanabdal on Wednesday.

Narrating his ordeal, a man Noor Khan told reporters that he brought his 27-years-old wife Kubra Bibi to the hospital with a severe labour pain.

He said that around a gynaecologist examined his wife and referred her to the Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi. He said that the Rescue 1122 ambulance was called to shift his wife to Rawalpindi but the ambulance had hardly covered a few kilometres from hospital when his wife delivered a baby inside the vehicle.

He said at the time of delivery no female paramedical staff was present in the ambulance. He said that the negligence of hospital staff especially the lady doctor put the life of his wife and newly born baby at danger.

When contacted, Medical Superintendent THQ Hospital Dr Asad Ismael said that he is on leave and unaware of the incident. When contacted to get version, Deputy Medical Superintendent THQ Dr Tahir Ur Rehman confirmed the incident. He said that the patient was referred to the Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi due to her critical condition as she was bleeding when brought to the hospital.

He said that the patient was brought with a severe placental abruption and due to no blood bank and other facilities the patient was referred to Rawalpindi to save her life and her expected baby.