RAWALPINDI - Trouble erupted in the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Raja Bazaar on Thursday after the death of a 58-year-old man triggering violent protests by the family members and other relatives.
The family members and relatives of the deceased Syed Ali Asghar, son of one Haider Shah, belonged to Khaliq Dad Village of Hassanabdal, who died of severe head injuries in Emergency Ward of DHQ, started protesting soon after his death alleging sheer negligence of doctors in Emergency Department.
The charged protestors bellowed slogans against the doctors, Medical Superintendent (MS) DHQ, Secretary Health Punjab and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. Reportedly, the protestors also smashed some windowpanes and furniture of the hospital.
The family members also demanded a proper inquiry into the matter and to punish the doctors who did not provide timely medical treatment to Syed Ali.
Later, the police was called by the hospital management which controlled the situation.
Babar Shah, a relative of the deceased, told The Nation that Ali sustained severe head injuries in a road mishap on 23/10/2013 at Lawrence Pur when his van was hit by a speedy car.
In the incident, the sister of Ali also died, said Babar adding that the THQ Hassanabdal referred the patient to DHQ Rawappindi due to his serious condition. He said that the doctors inserted a breath tube in the throat of the patient and shifted him in Neurology Ward. However, on Thursday the condition of the patient started deteriorating after which he was taken to Resuscitation Room at Emergency Ward where no doctor including CMO, MO was present. Despite making hue and cry by the relatives, no body paid heed and subsequently the patient died at 5:30pm.
He claimed that a doctor namely Yousaf also misbehaved with the patient’s attendants and threatened of dire consequences. He appealed to Punjab Chief Minister and Secretary Health to take notice of the incident and hold inquiry against the hospital management.
Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) and Allied Hospitals (AHs) Chief Prof Dr Muhammad Umar and MS DHQ Dr Nasir Mehmood were not available for their comments despite several attempts made by this scribe to contact them.
Hearing of delimitation objections in Pindi to start from 28th: Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, who also has the authority for delimitation of Union Councils (UCs) and wards of municipal committees in Rawalpindi division, has fixed dates of hearing of objections and suggestions on delimitation.
The hearing of objections and suggestions on delimitation would start from October 28 to November 1, 2013. The Commissioner would hear objections and suggestions appeals in Commissioner Court room during office hours, informed officials here on Thursday.
According to schedule issued by Director Local Government Rawalpindi, Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry would hear objections and suggestions appeals relating to delimitation of union councils and MCs Wards of district Rawalpindi on October 28, while the hearing of objections on delimitation relating to union councils and M.C Wards of Chakwal district would be held on October 30,2013.
Similarly, the objections on delimitation of union councils/M.C Wards of Attock and Jhelum would be heard on October 31 and November 1, 2013 respectively. All delimitation officers/assistant delimitations officers have also been directed to display this schedule on notice board of their respective offices. They have also been directed to bring relevant record of delimitation of UCs and MC Wards at the time of hearing.