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- Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - From Print Edition




The prolonged electricity load-shedding in public sector hospitals in Lahore has added to the miseries of the poor patients.


Several minor and major operations were delayed and critical patients are at risk of unfortunate incidents. The treatment of patients in dialysis centre of Jinnah Hospital has also been stopped and diagnostic facilities such as CT scans, X-rays and ECG have been badly affected.


The doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and attendants of the patients in Jinnah Hospital held a protest demonstration in the hospital on Monday and chanted slogans against the government and LESCO authorities for power crisis in hospitals. They said that the lack of double connection and dysfunctional generators, due to lack of funds, had aggravated the problems.


Meanwhile, the Young Doctors Association (YDA), Punjab, has also condemned many-hour troublesome load-shedding at public hospitals by LESCO, augmenting miseries of poor patients. Such load-shedding, the YDA office-bearers said, was also a violation of the orders of the Lahore High Court. “We demand uninterrupted electricity supply to hospitals in the best interest of patients. The action should be taken against LESCO officers responsible for the chaos,” they said in a statement issued here on Monday.


Meanwhile, the students of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) also pointed out poor conditions in Lady Wellington Hospital and its doctors’ hostel. They said that clean drinking water was not available in whole hospital and hostel. A few days back, they said, a maternity student got gastroenteritis because of substandard meal available at canteen. They said that no AC in hostel and common room was functional, while fans were also not in good working condition. “We demand all these problems be solved at urgent basis by administration of KEMU and Lady Wellington Hospital,” the students added.