RAWALPINDI – The tug-of-war between Punjab government and the young doctors has taken the life of a poor young boy here at District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) on Monday.
A tuberculosis patient Muhammad Jahangir, 13, hails from Boring Road Railway Colony died at Male Ward of DHQ while the family of the deceased agitated, alleging the doctors for not seeing the patient despite his serious condition.
Mother of Muhammad Jahangir alleged that her son was not attended by doctors in the Male Medical Ward despite repeated requests were made.
According to ill-fated mother of Muhammad Jahangir, she brought her son suffering with tuberculosis to DHQ Male Ward early on in the morning. She said that a doctor examined her son and administered a drip to Jahangir and left the ward. After that, no body arrived to see the patient despite several requests, said the mother, adding that at last a doctor came and pronounced Jahangir as dead.
The family members and relatives of the young boy staged a protest demo outside DHQ Male Ward and chanted slogans against the doctors and Punjab government. The agitation of the family sparked unrest among the local government’s ranks as PML-N MNA Malik Shakeel Awan and District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar rushed to the hospital, soothed the family and negotiated DHQ Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Sher Ali Khan Niazi.
Talking to media men, Shakeel Awan said that doctors treated the patient, however, the young boy died a natural death. He said that earlier family members took the boy from DHQ without permission of doctors despite the fact that his condition was very serious.
He ruled out the possibility of any negligence on behalf of the doctors and said enough numbers of doctors were present in the hospitals to attend the patients.
Meanwhile, at least 15 doctors from Pakistan Army have been deputed at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and DHQ. The doctors examined several patients.
Rawalpindi Medical College and AHs Chief Dr Musadiq, when contacted, said that the government called all the doctors cancelling their summer vacations. He said that some 45 doctors from rural areas had been deputed in AHs to attend the patients whereas 30 fresh lady doctors joined their duties as well.