LAHORE – Terming unscheduled and large scale loadshedding a major hurdle in the provision of healthcare facilities at public sector hospitals, Medical Teachers Association has urged the federal govt to take practical measures for overcoming the prevailing crisis.

Addressing a press conference at Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) on Tuesday, Secretary General MTA Punjab Dr Tehseen Riaz said that massive loadshedding was putting the lives of patients at Intensive Care Units and Coronary Care Units at risk. Vice President MTA Punjab Dr Hamid Awan, President MTA AIMC Dr Azeem Jehangir, General Secretary Dr Zia Ullah Bajwa and Vice president Dr Riffat Butt were also present.

Dr Tehseen Riaz said that the loadshedding was causing cancellation of scheduled operations as sophisticated equipment could not be operated through generators. Besides that, he said, it was difficult for doctors to carryout emergency surgeries. He said that He said that frequent tripping and the resultant excessive use of generators was damaging equipment worth over millions of rupees.

He said that the prevailing situation was causing attendants of patients to use filthy language and even attack doctors. He said that as such lives of doctors and other staff were unsafe due to behaviour of attendants of patients. He urged the quarters concerned to take steps for controlling the situation.

Govt censured: PML-N Lahore President Muhammad Pervez Malik has said that the federal government is responsible for the civil disobedience, anarchy and unrest in the masses. Not only inability but corruption of the present regime is the major reason of frightful energy crisis.  Malik stated here Tuesday that Pakistan, particularly Punjab province is facing the worst kind of load shedding badly affecting economy, of the provincial govt.