HAFIZABAD-Patients at Hafizabad DHQ Hospital protested against non-functioning of ultrasound machines and called upon the deputy commissioner and the CEO (health) to resolve the issue.

Talking to The Nation, they said that the hospital caters hundreds of thousands of patients of the district. They added there are four ultrasound machines in four different wards of the hospital but three out of the four do not function. Patients, especially women patients said they have been faced with numerous problems due to non-functioning of three machines. Moreover, there is no ENT (ear, nose and throat), neuro surgeon and physician and cardiologist in the hospital. For the last two weeks, people have been falling victim to nose and throat ailments due to smog. But there is no ENT specialist at the hospital to cure these diseases. Citizens have called upon the authorities to provide all sorts of facilities in the hospital. It is pertinent to mention here that the hospital has been declared best in Punjab under the CM Health Roadmap this year despite the fact it lacks basic facilities.

Projects' completion stressed

The use of sub-standard material and inordinate delay in completion of development projects would not be tolerated and the responsible officers would be held accountable, Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed said.

Addressing a meeting here, she advised the officers to perform duty with honesty and dedication.

She said the government has provided requisite funds and therefore, the underway development projects should be completed well in time.

Deputy Director Development Shahid Iqbal Bhatti briefed the DC about the ongoing development projects. He told her that under Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Paani Programme, each and every union council has been allocated Rs2500,000. In towns, every ward has been provided Rs500,000. Under special PM package, development projects worth Rs250 million have been started in NA-102 in four phases and work on these projects is underway at brisk pace.