LAHORE: Young doctors of the Lady Willingdon Hospital (LWH) on Sunday rejected the decision of Punjab government to demolish LWH.
“The decision to construct a park at place of the hospital is an extreme injustice with public and patients,” they said.
These views were expressed by YDA LWH office bearers Dr Maria, Dr Sonia, Dr Shumaila, Dr Madeeha, Dr Uzma, Dr Ruqiya, Dr Wajeeha and others on Sunday. They also announced to challenge this ‘illegal’ decision of Punjab Government at the Lahore High Court with the help of renowned lawyer Azhar Siddique. They said a writ petition was also being filed on the subject soon.
They said different health projects were not completed at city public hospitals which had started for last few years ago. They said that sate of the art Burn Unit in Jinnah Hospital, Surgical Tower at Mayo Hospital, Fatima Institute of Dental surgery Jubilee Town, Institute of Neuro surgery LGH, new Radiology department and other construction work in Services Hospital as well as different construction projects in other government hospitals were not completing which had started for last many years ago. They said that the population of the city was increasing day by day but government did not show its interest to build new hospitals across the city.
They said that city with a population of more than 10 million was already short of hospitals and this Gynae Hospital with a history of more than 70 years was a historical heritage, which was providing treatment facilities to millions of poor female patients every year. This 250-bed hospital, which was built in 1930 with the support of British Government, was the only biggest Gynae hospital where daily more than 70 deliveries and 30 C sections operations were conducted.
They also appealed the chief justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan and Lahore High Court to take notice of the matter.
The Lady Willingdon Hospital, spread over an area of 104 Kanals with a covered area of 1,93,489 square feet. In 1933, Col. (retd) S.N. Hayees was the first medical superintendent of the hospital. He is also credited for creating the pathology museum of this hospital. The hospital was affiliated with the King Edward Medical College, Lahore the same year. The hospital has been a teaching institution since its inception. The hospital attracts health visitor, nurses, medical undergraduates and postgraduates for training.
Before independence, col. Hyees and his clinical assistants, Dr Deppolette and Dr Sant Ram Dhal, served with a missionary zeal. Col. Sami and Dr Balqees Fatima was amongst the first Pakistanis to be at Lady Willingdon. Professor Ahmed Shafqat Yusuf joined the hospital in 1948 as a clinical assistant, became professor in 1959 and retired in 1980 after serving for 32 years. Professor Noor Ahmed Seyal made the hospital famous in the 1960s and 1970s while the leading names in gynaecology, (late) Prof. Nasim Ara Shah, Prof. Iqbal Rashid Mian, Prof Fakhar-un-Nisa, Prof. Munawar Zaheen, Prof. Saleem Akhtar Mian, Prof. Saad Rana, Prof. T. Malik, Prof. Fehmida Naheed, Prof. Ghazala Mehmood, Prof. Rashid Latif khan, Prof. Rehana Mehmood Malik, Prof. Shaheena Asif, Prof. Saeed, Prof. Zahoor, Prof. Farrukh Zaman, Prof. Shahida Sheikh and Prof. Nasim Niaz have been associated with it.
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