SIALKOT - Both the DHQ hospitals namely Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital and Govt Sardar Begum Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot, despite having teaching hospital status, have been deprived of Urologists and Nephrologists since the past four years.

It is to be noted that these hospitals were awarded teaching hospital Status through their affiliation with the newly established Govt Kh Muhammad Safdar Medical College two years ago.

As per details, the Punjab government established well-equipped Kidney Dialysis Centres at both these hospitals about four and half years ago and provided state-of-the-art medical machinery to cater to the needs of local population in a better way but unfortunately no Urologist and Nephrologists cold be appointed even to-date at these dialysis centres. Due to which, the kidney dialysis centres at both the hospitals have been 'run' by the hospital management with specialist Urologist and Nephrologists 'amazingly.'

Moreover, these dialysis centres also lacked dialysis kits for the past four months, adding to the ordeal of local kidney patients who have to manage these kits from the market.

Talking to the newsmen here, most of the kidney patients including Haji Gulzar Ahmed, Haji Muhammad Akhtar, Quratul Ain, Haleema Bibi, Khalida Parveen, Rana Abdul Sattar, Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Shafi and Arif Mehmood said that they had been suffering from great difficulties in dialysis for the past four months due to prolonged unavailability of dialysis kits at both the Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital and Govt Sardar Begum Memorial Teaching Hospital.

They alleged that most of the patients were forced to go to private hospitals and clinics in Sialkot for dialysis by the managements of these hospitals. They pointed out that about 80 poor kidney patients were waiting for these kits to get their dialysis done which was tantamount to pushing them to death.

When contacted District Health Officer (DO-H) Dr Javaid Warraich said that a medical officer namely Dr Nadeem Shafiq had been deputed as urologist and nephrologist who performs duty for two days each at both the dialysis centres in these hospitals. The DO health emphasised that there was a dire need for qualified and specialist urologist and nephrologist in these hospitals, especially keeping view their teaching hospital status.

On the other hand, Govt Kh Muhammad Safdar Medical College Principal Dr Zafar Ali Chaudhry told the newsmen that the situation had been brought into the notice of the Health Department high-ups but no appointment of any specialist urologist and nephrologist could be made so far. He said that the Punjab Health department had not provided dialysis kits that's why the hospitals were faced with shortage.

SCCI FOR STRATEGY: Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has urged the government to prepare an ultra-modern advanced trade strategy for ensuring the maximum consumption of Sialkot made traditional and non-traditional export items in the international and world trade markets, following the global challenges of WTO.

Talking to the newsmen here SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir also urged the federal government - to announce a special package of incentives for severe energy crisis-beaten Sialkot business community, which had been earning foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 1.4 billion, annually.

SCCI President said that Sialkot exporters have the great potential for exploring and capturing the international exports markets through the diversification of traditional and non-traditional export items. He said that the TDAP should also come forward in removing all the bureaucratic hindrances from the smooth way of national exports' enhancement.