Private hospitals and clinics reportedly fleece patients as four posts of gynaecologists and medical officers have been lying vacant for the last one year at Sambrial THQ Hospital while the only female medical officer has gone on leave.

However, the only woman medical officer was on leave. Due to the critical situation, the patients were forced to move to the private hospitals and clinics for their medical treatment. The people have expressed grave concern over the situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other officials to ensure early appointments of the required doctors. When contacted, Sialkot District Health Officer Dr Javaid Warraich said that they had already brought the situation into the notice of the high-ups and been waiting for appointments.

DACOITIES: Four armed men looted gold ornaments, cash,  and other valuables worth Rs2.5 million during a broad day-light robbery at the house of Riaz Ahmed Joyia, manager of a bank. Reportedly, the outlaws stormed into the house and held the women and children at gunpoint. They looted gold ornaments of 30 Tolas worth Rs1.8 million, Rs0.2 million in cash and other valuables. Accused fled away after locking the family in separate rooms.

Meanwhile, five armed men including two female looted gold ornaments  and cash worth Rs0.2 million from village Ranjhai-Daska based two old women Jameela Bibi and Safia Bibi in a passengers’ van near Daska.

They were travelling in the van in the guise of passengers. They made the old women unconscious by smelling them some intoxicant material and fled away after throwing them near the Sabzi Mandi Daska. Daska Saddar police are investigating, with no clue or arrest, in this regard.

Two armed men looted gold ornaments and cash from trader Ghulam Rasul and his sister near Canal Bridge BRB Bharokey-Daska. The armed motorcyclists also looted Rs75,000 in cash from the Bambaanwala-Daska based trader near National Bank Model Town Daska. Four armed motorcyclists snatched gold ornaments, cash and mobile phones trader Yasir Mehmood Rehmani and his wife during a dacoity incident occurred near congested Ghanipura locality of Daska city.

INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ON CARDS: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved a mega project worth Rs1 billion to establish a small industrial estate near Wazirabad in bid to support the cutlery industry.

Pakistan Cutlery Association Chairman Zafar Iqbal Bhutta disclosed this while he was talking to newsmen after visiting the proposed site with Gujranwala Regional Director Small Industrial Estate Sajid Anwar Bhalli.

The PCA chairman revealed that the estate would soon be established on a 80-acre land near the Cutlery Institute of Pakistan along the main Sialkot-Wazirabad Road. He said that the land acquisition process was in progress for the purpose by the Punjab government.

He said that about 300 cutlery manufacturing units would be shifted to the small industrial estate after its completion. He said it would also be helpful in flourishing the cutlery industry, which was suffering multiple problems. He added that it would b a model small industrial estate as it would be exempted from electricity and gas loadshedding.