islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed the administration of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences to increase the number of ventilators in the hospital to save precious lives of people.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted the hearing of the petition against the administration of PIMS over lack of ventilators in the hospital.

After issuing aforementioned directions to the respondents, the IHC bench disposed of the matter.

Shakeel Janjua, a resident of federal capital moved the petition through his counsel Yasir Mahmood Chaudhary Advocate and cited Secretary CADD, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University PIMS and Executive Director PIMS as respondents.

He stated in the petition that the attendants and patients of PIMS are facing many hardships due to vulnerable and inefficient number of ventilators/lifesaving equipment in the hospital.

He informed the court that all the three respondents are responsible for this miserable situation because they are deliberately and willfully ignoring the fact of shortage of ventilators in PIMS. Advocate Yasir adopted in the petition that the petitioner sent three separate applications in this connection to the respondents but they did not take any action in this regard.

He continued that the population of the federal capital is more than two million while they are only twenty ventilators in the hospital to cater to the need of a large number of patients as the patients from other parts of the country also visit it.

He contended that in absence of these lifesaving machines, many people have lost their lives and it is criminal negligence on the part of the respondents. The counsel said that majority of the patients visiting the hospital belong to the lower income group and they could not afford the expenditures of ventilator machines of private hospitals.

Therefore, they prayed to the court to summon the respondents and ask from them that why they are reluctant to fulfill their constitutional obligation in providing the best health facility according to the modern standards to the public at large.

He further requested the court to issue an appropriate writ to ensure the provision of ventilators as per the number of patients visiting the PIMS.