A number of posts of specialist doctors and medical officers are lying vacant at the district and tehsil headquarters hospitals of Layyah thus the problems of patients are aggravating.

The government announced to provide good healthcare for the patients in the government hospitals but the government hospitals in Layyah are understaffed. According to a report, 42 posts of specialist doctors, 25 of medical officers, 1 of woman medical officer are lying vacant in the government hospitals.

In DHQ Hospital, out of 28 posts, 11 of specialist doctors and 11 of medical officer are vacant; and in Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Fatehpur, out of seven specialist doctors, three posts are vacant and one medical officer post is also vacant. In THQ Choubara, eight posts of specialist doctors and one of medical officer are vacant for years.

Three posts of specialist doctors and two of medical officers are vacant at Trauma Centre Fatehpur which also lacks a neurosurgeon. In THQ Karor, out of nine specialist doctor posts, five are vacant.

People said that the government did not pay attention to South Punjab hospitals, adding that it only focused on Lahore for development, education and health facilities. However, they said, hospitals in Layyah are neglected by the government.

They demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should take notice of the bad condition of Layyah district hospitals. When contacted, Executive District Officer Ameer Abdullah said that all the vacant posts will be filled soon.