OKARA - People held protest as the fuel stations have stopped diesel supply to the District Headquarters Hospital Okara whereupon surgeries are being postponed as power generators are inactive amidst prolonged electricity loadshedding in the district, putting patients’ lives at stake.

Due to loadshedding of 14 hours and in the absence of diesel the generators in the hospital became inactive. Hundreds of patients visit the DHQ Hospital daily from across the district. Dozens of patients could not be operated upon and they fell into death throes whereas their relatives in emergency ward are facing a lot of hardships.

A woman and two children fell fainted. Due to break down of diesel, ambulances have also come to a halt.

The private ambulances are charging Rs5,000 for each trip and the relatives of patients are compelled to shift their patients to other hospitals at the high fares.

When contacted the owners of petroleum service said that the hospital owed Rs2.8 million to them. If they are paid they will restore supply of diesel to the hospital. Whereas chief Surgeon Dr. Khalid Hayat Bhatti told the media due to unavailability of diesel, on Monday operations were postponed.

Whereas the dialysis unit of the hospital remained closed and the patients could not have dialysis facility and they had to go back. MS Dr Mohammad Aslam Qaim requested the DEO for extra-budget in this respect but his request has not been accepted. It has caused a lot of problems for the hospital administration.

It is worth noting Sahiwal Division DEO Dr. Ghaus Siyal paid a surprise visit to the hospital and found the electric supply disconnected whereas the patients and their relatives were crying in scorching heat. Vegetable Market President Chaudhry Mohammad Ashraf appealed to the DCO for the provision of budget so that all suspended supplies could be reinstated.

Projects assessed:  Sahiwal Division Commissioner Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad said that development funds be utilised properly and the pace of work at these projects be expedited.

Presiding over a meeting at the DCO Office, the commissioner also sought report in this regard on daily basis. Additional Collector Zaheer Abbas Malik, EDO Finance Kenza Murtaza, EDO Education, health and other officers attended the meeting.

The commissioner stressed the development projects in rural areas be completed simultaneously with those in urban areas on priority basis. He appreciated Tehsil Municipal Administrator Zaheer Abbas Malik’s operation against encroachments.