LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to District Headquarters Hospital Nankana yesterday.

The CM inspected different wards, emergency and dialysis unit, and inquired after the patients and asked about medical facilities and availability of medicines in the hospital.

He also inquired from under-treatment patients in the dialysis unit about the treatment facilities. Shehbaz Sharif expressed indignation over poor cleanliness conditions at some places in the hospital and reprimanded the medical superintendent.

He said that this situation will not be allowed to continue. Expressing displeasure over the failure to dispose of hospital waste in a proper manner, the CM directed hospital administration to make proper arrangements for this purpose as hospital waste is the cause of diseases.

Patients and their attendants also expressed satisfaction over the treatment facilities available at the hospital and said that efficiency of the hospital has improved since the chief minister started paying visits to hospitals. “Now the behaviour of doctors and paramedical staff is good while medicines are also available,” they told the CM.

He inspected the hospital’s medical store and reviewed the arrangements for medicine storage. He also checked the stock register of medicines.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that he will continue to visit hospitals until patients are satisfied with the treatment facilities. “Satisfaction of patients is his success,” he told the hospital staff and patients. Shehbaz said he was determined to change the conditions of hospitals and there would no shortage of funds in this regard.

He urged the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff perform their duties with commitment and dedication. He also warned stern action will be taken against government officials involved in corruption and dereliction of duty.

Nankana DCO Saira Umer informed the chief minister about setting up of new emergency, provision of benches for patients, construction of parking sheds for doctors, installation of new air-conditioners, new wiring and transformers as well as other matters.