PTI’s president falls sick as sit-in prolong


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf;s (PTI) President Javed Hashmi became the first protest leader who was shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Monday after falling sick. Dehydration due to hot weather and throat infection was the major cause of his illness, the doctors said, adding that the elderly politician was in a stable condition.“President Javed Hashmi has been receiving the medical care at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS),” said the PIMS spokesperson. He was admitted to the private ward of the PIMS on Monday with complaints of dehydration, weak water intake, throat infection, and fever. PIMS’ official Khawaja said that Hashmi’s treatment had been started and he was being given antibiotic medicines. His blood samples were sent to the laboratory to check whether he was carrying any infection, he added.He said after doing his ECG, the doctors cleared him of having any heart problem. He said that besides the policemen who were on duty, several protesters were visiting PIMS daily with complications like headache, fever, backache, sore throat, and weakness. According to an estimate, more than 1,200 protectors including policemen have visited the outpatient and emergency wards of the PIMS for the treatment since start of the sit-ins at the capital. The hospital sources said that most of the patients reaching the hospital belong to PAT as they remain entrenched at the Constitution Avenue in the worse sanitation and unhygienic conditions. Khawaja further said that all arrangements had been made at the hospital to deal with any untoward situation, with sufficient stock of medicines. He said that there were chances of the spread of infectious diseases due to the sit-ins, however special arrangements had been made by the hospital management in this regard. 

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