Twenty-four posts of medical officers have been lying vacant in  24 basic health units of Sialkot district since long due to which the people belonging to the rural areas have been suffering great ordeal.

Out of these 24 BHUs, 12 BHUs were situated in Pasrur tehsil. In Daska, two posts of anesthetists, one of each APWMO, chest specialist, dermatologist, psychiatrist, radiologist and pathologist, three posts of Grade 18 gynecologists, 12 of Grade 17 medical officers, two of Grade 17 women medical officers and five of charge nurses have been lying vacant since long at DHQ Level Civil Hospital Daska.

The hospital had a reduced budget  of Rs12.5 million for purchase of medicines for the patients for the whole of the year. But, unfortunately, the hospital management has yet to purchase 70 percent of the total medicines as one month has left in ending the persisting financial budget and hospital management still remains unable to utilise the budget meant for the medicines purchase.

When contacted, EDO (Health) Dr Javaid Warraich said that the  28 posts of specialist doctors  had also been lying vacant in different government hospitals in Sialkot district. He said that Sialkot Health Department had already informed the senior high ups of the provincial health department, in this regard. He said that 70 medical officers and women medical officers had been appointed in different government health facilities in Sialkot district.

He revealed that the department had started round-the-clock provision of healthcare, especially the maternity health services for women at 25 elected basic health units in Sialkot, Daska and Sambrial tehsils. These services have been launched for the first time in Sialkot district.

He said that BHUs were selected by the department because of having no road and easy access of people. He said that now free of cost maternity health services especially delivery services would be provided at local BHUs.

He said that the said round-the-clock free maternity health services have been introduced in these BHUs for the first time in Sialkot district, under the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif vision of providing better and advanced medical health cover to the local people at local level.

He added that in the next phase of the programme, the above-mentioned free medical health services would be expanded to all the 88 Basic Health Units (BHUs) in Sialkot district.