LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to District Headquarters Hospital Nankana Sahib without protocol, yesterday.

The chief minister reached Nankana Sahib in an ordinary van without any prior information. Even the administration, media and Pakistan Muslim League-N office-bearers were unaware about his visit.

Shehbaz Sharif visited different wards and inquired after the patients and asked from them about treatment facilities in the hospital. He also reviewed medical facilities being extended to the patients in the hospital.

Shehbaz Sharif personally checked X-Ray machine and other medical equipments. The patients and their attendants told the Chief Minister that free medicines are available to them but air-conditioners are not functioning.

The chief minister went to different wards, expressed indignation over nonfunctioning of air conditioners and asked from administrative officers and doctors about availability of air-conditioners in their houses. Can they work in this heat and suffocation without air-conditioners, he questioned.

Shehbaz Sharif ordered immediate replacement of non-functional air-conditioners in the hospital and said it is lamented that there is no AC in general ward. He said that this is not less than a criminal negligence in the month of Ramadan and tantamount to cruelty against patients. Shehbaz Sharif said that he had allocated resources of two billion rupees for air-conditioners in the hospitals of Punjab in 2011. Upon seeing empty beds in the wards of the hospital,

Shehbaz Sharif asked from doctors who replied that due to hot weather the patients do not visit the hospital. The Chief Minister said that the patients will visit the hospital if air-conditioners are functional for the patients.

The chief minister directed to shift the patients suffering from complexities to separate wards. He expressed indignation over poor cleanliness condition and unavailability of necessary facilities, reprimanded hospital administration, and directed to immediately improve hygiene condition in the hospital.

He expressed dissatisfaction over performance of DCO, MS DHQ Hospital and EDO Health and said that it is their responsibility to provide best medical facilities to the patients in the hospital, which they failed to discharge.

Shehbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the arrangements being taken with regard to provision of facilities on his visit to the hospital. The chief minister took strict action on non-provision of proper facilities to the patients in DHQ Hospital Nankana Sahib and ordered transfer of DCO, EDO Health and MS DHQ Hospital as OSD.

He also addressed the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff present in the hospital and said that they will also be answerable to Allah Almighty. How a person who is not serving the people can be called as Masiha, he questioned.

He said that Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on the provision of quality medical facilities to the people and improving condition of the hospitals and added that incorrect use of these resources is a crime. He said that people should benefit at all costs from the fruits of the resources of billions of rupees provided for the improvement of medical facilities in the hospitals.

He said that now administration of the hospitals will have to set the matters of the hospitals right and ensure provision of best medical facilities to the masses. Shehbaz Sharif said that he has taken the responsibility of improving the performance of the hospitals and people will see the results within one year. He also checked stock register of medicines and expressed indignation over dissatisfactory reply regarding the record of medicines provided to the patients during previous week.

Shehbaz Sharif also inspected dialysis center of the hospital. He reprimanded hospital administration on miserable condition of medical store and said that it is their collective responsibility to improve facilities in the hospital. Despite severe heat and suffocation, the Chief Minister reviewed medical facilities for three hours in the hospital.