RAWALPINDI - A delegation of Young Doctors Association called on Secretary Health Punjab and informed him that X-Ray machine of the Holy Family Hospital was dysfunctional for the last two months whereas the hospital was also facing shortage of syringes and life saving drugs. YDA delegation also told Secretary Health two days before a patient had died owing to non-availability of a life saving injection namely Adrenaline in HFH ward. The delegation met with Secretary Health Punjab Dr Jahanzaib Khan at CPC Hall of New Teaching Block, Holy Family Hospital (HFH) during his visit to Allied Hospitals here on Tuesday. Secretary Health was flanked by EDO Health Dr Zafar Gondal, Rawalpindi Medical College Principal (RMC) and AHs Chief Dr Afzal Farooqi, Board of Management (BoM) Chairman Dr Muhammad Aslam, YDA Punjab Chairman Dr Haroon, Medical Superintendents (MSs) of AHs, DMSs and a large number of doctors. Earlier, Dr Jahanzaib visited HFH Emergency Department, Outdoor Patient Department (OPD), Paeds, Medical Unit and Hepatology and listened the problems being faced by the patients and their attendants. Secretary Health addressed the doctors (seniors and juniors) and administrative staff of HFH at CPC Hall. He asked the doctors and administrative staff to work with commitment and dedication and to try their level best to facilitate the poor patients. While speaking, Secretary Health said that Punjab government is planning to build more hospitals in a bid to provide best medical treatment to the masses. He said that despite hard conditions doctors were working well. The issues of doctors would be redressed; he said adding that the faulty machines of the AHs would also be repaired on priority basis. Punjab government would allocate funds to organise medical conferences and seminars to save the doctors from running after pharmaceutical companies for financial assistance, Dr Jahanzaid added. Later, a delegation, led by Dr Qaisar Aziz, of YDA held a meeting with Secretary Health and apprised him the overall situation of the hospitals. Dr Qaisar told Dr Jahanzaib that X-Ray machine of HFH has been not working for last two months while hospital has also been facing shortage of syringes and life saving drugs. A patient lost his life due to shortage of a life saving injection two days before, Dr Qaisar added. On this Secretary Health expressed his deep resentment and apprised the doctors that the hospitals would be provided life saving drugs on priority basis. While addressing the YDA, Dr Jahanzaib said that the wages of young doctors would be increased and Punjab government had allocated Rs 5.2 billion for this purpose. He said that adequate security would also be provided to the doctors working in AHs. He asked the doctors to improve their attitude and behaviour and attend the patients with full attention. Dr Jahanzaib visited Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and met with doctors and patients there. A patient namely Tasawar, whose one arm got disabled due to wrong injection infused by BBH doctors, lodged a complaint with Secretary Health about the negligence of doctors and demanded him to take notice of this issue. He also told Secretary that he filed a lawsuit in Consumer Court of Rawalpindi but doctors were not appearing before the court. The secretary assured him his full cooperation. BBH MS Dr Zaman Khan Niazi and other staff were also present on the occasion. During his visit to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ), Secretary Health inaugurated Color Doppler Machine, which is used to diagnose blood circulation in arteries. The machine worth Rs 2 million was donated by AHs BoM Dr Muhammad Aslam to DHQ after name of his mother.