12 Islamabad blast victims in critical condition at PIMS

* Govt announces Rs 0.5m each as compensation for families of those killed, Rs 75,000 for each injured

ISLAMABAD: Twelve of the victims of Wednesday’s bombing are in a critical condition in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), hospital’s Vice Chancellor Javed Akram said on Thursday.Meanwhile, the government has devised a plan to financially compensate the victims and their families. It has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 0.5 million to the families of those who were killed in the attack and Rs 75,000 to the injured ones. During his visit to PIMS, MNA Hamza Shahbaz expressed his sympathies with the injured. He distributed checks among the injured persons.He urged the people to show responsibility towards the injured persons and said that Pakistan is facing a war and the government is making serious efforts to maintain peace in the country. “We all are with them in this hour of need and we would support them at all means,” he said. Hamza visited the patients and inquired about their pace of recovery. He presented cheques of Rs. 75,000 to the injured and prayed for their recovery.Talking to the media personnel, PIMS Vice Chancellor Javed Akram said that currently 34 people are under treatment out of which 22 had received minor injuries while 12 are in serious condition. He told that the PIMS administration was providing every possible treatment to the victims of the blast. Meanwhile, families of those who died in the blast are still waiting for the compensation while the officials say that the government would pay them after meeting their heirs.On the other hand, 12 people who suffered severe injuries remained in critical condition at PIMS, a nursing supervisor said. She said that due to lack of proper facilities, most of the Sabzi Mandi bomb victims in the hospital had to wait for several hours to get treatment. She added that the victims are compelled to buy necessary tablets from private medical stores.Earlier, PIMS Vice Chancellor Akram said that 39 injured in the blast were given medical treatment in the hospital and have been discharged.However, he added that the majority of the victims were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and were daily wagers. He also said that the hospital administration has provided ambulances to shift the 18 dead bodies to their homes.Meanwhile, AIG Sultan Azum Taimuri has asked police to take effective security measures at public places. He urged to beef up the security measures at weekly bazaars, hospitals, markets, mosques, seminaries, motels, schools, colleges and bus stands. Temuri called for the installation of CCTV cameras, appointment of security guards and checking through metal detectors. He added that boundary walls would be built at places where necessary. The police remained alert on the spot where the explosion took place and the rescue workers were seen removing rubble.

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