SIALKOT - The Basic Health Unit (BHU) Kotli Khokharaan in Sambrial tehsil has been running without any qualified doctor for the last seven consecutive years due to alleged slackness of the District Health Department.

The department has failed to appoint or depute any qualified doctor in the BHU to provide better health facilities of thousands of people living in 15 surrounding villages.

Reportedly due to the prolonged non-availability of any doctor at the BHU, the sweepers, watchman and dispenser have been performing duties of MBBS doctor by prescribing medicines to the visiting patients. Local notables including Saif Islam, Muhammad Bashir, Khalid Mehmood, Nasir Iqbal, Ghulam Rasul and Sakeena Bibi have expressed grave concern about the indifference of the health department and urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Gujranwala Division Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal to take stock of the pathetic situation and ensure early appointment of qualified doctor in the BHU in the larger interest of the locals.