RAWALPINDI: At least 10 people sustained injuries in separate gas-related explosions in the city on Tuesday.
A gas cylinder exploded in a house in Rehmatabad area, injuring five persons – two women and three children. Rescue 1122 personnel shifted the victims to the Civil Hospital for medical treatment. In another incident, at least five members of a family were injured in a blast in a house in Gharibabad area.
The explosion was caused by gas leakage. Rescue sources said that five people – a man, his mother, wife, and two children – sustained injuries in the blast and were shifted to Holy Family Hospital. The condition of the man and his wife was said to be critical.
House officers in trouble: More than 200 house officers of allied hospitals will face termination in the aftermath of restriction imposed on graduates of private medical colleges. The provincial government has placed a ban on hiring of graduate doctors of private medical college for house job in government hospitals. This decision is likely to aggravate the shortage of doctors in the wards of allied hospitals.
Sources said that these house officers have been working on honorary basis in all departments of the hospitals withou any scholarship or facility.
Patients admitted in the wards of hospitals are more dependent on the house officers for treatment than medical officers (MOs). Removal of these young graduates will also increase the difficulties for patients.
Doctors, patients and general public have expressed their concerns on this decision of the Punjab government and have asked Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to overturn it.
Man in a women’s job: A male officer has been appointed as in-charge of the women police station of the federal capital, depriving a deserving woman officer of the job. Police authorities appointed Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ashfaq as in-charge of the women police station last month. This decision has led to creation of difficulties for both lady constables and women who come to the station to file complaints.
Sources said the authorities appointed the male officer despite availability of a senior lady police inspector. The victim women are facing problems because they are reluctant to express their problems to a male policeman. Different women rights NGOs and other organisations have protested against this measure of the government and demanded that a woman be appointed as in-charge of the police station.
Educational institutions reopen: All educational institutions will reopen today (Wednesday) on the conclusion of winter vacations, which were observed from December 23 to December 31.
Tuesday was the last day of the seasonal vacations and the educational institutions will resume their academic activities from today. It must be noted that private educational institutions had not observed the winter vacations.
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