Red alert in PIMS: routine patients facing problems

ISLAMABAD: Common patients are facing severe problems as red alert has been imposed in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). The sources said that the common patients are facing problems as the red alert has been imposed in PIMS. Work has been stopped in the OPD due to the absence of doctors while the operations of several patients despite the appointments could not take place. Several patients are bound to go to other hospitals of Rawalpindi, patients said, adding that the number of doctors is limited in the hospital due to which they are sent back, however the doctors who are present there do not entertain them and avoid them saying that they do no have time as the red alert has been imposed.Moreover, various police officers have fallen sick due to consecutive duties at sit-ins. According to reports, a large number of police personnel and officers, including officers of the district administration have fallen ill due to consecutive duty hours. An officer on the basis of anonymity said that everyone is praying for peaceful conclusion of the sit-ins but the nonstop duties have affected their health, however the government has strictly directed to maintain the law and order situation at any cost. On the other hand, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) would remain on high alert to deal with any untoward situation. PIMS spokesperson Wasim Khawaja on Thursday said that the leaves of all the hospital staff have been canceled while the management has vacated around 350 beds. He said that on the directives of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto Medical University’s Vice Chancellor Javed Akram, a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff was working in emergency round the clock. He said that all senior doctors were on call while special directives from the vice chancellor had been issued to provide standard medical cover to the protesters.He said that the hospital management had also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and incoming patients other than the protesters were also provided with the basic health facilities. He said that besides the policemen who are on duty, several protesters are also visiting the PIMS with complications like headache, fever, back-pain, and weakness. He said that the hospital had put highly equipped ambulances on high alert to provide immediate medical assistance to the sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).He said that the protesters can visit the hospital’s emergency in case of any medical complication, or they can get information or standard medical assistance from the hospital’s helpline 051-9261170. He said that there were chances of spread of infectious diseases due to the presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins and in this regard, the hospital management had made special arrangements.

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