Islamabad  - Ever-increasing taxi fares have become a big problem for the masses in the capital, mainly due to the shortage of proper local transport on different routes. 

People in the twin cities are using taxis as a substitute for travelling and commuting. Passengers including Badar, Zaka, Salman, Zia and others complained that taxi drivers were charging high fares, pretending to be running the taxis on patrol, but almost all such vehicles were being run on CNG.  They also claimed that taxi drivers charged double the fare at nights.

Business on footpaths: Vendors continue to carry out their small business activities on footpaths in the twin cities, causing a number of hardships for the pedestrians and motorists. Various markets, including Aabpara Market, Karachi Company Market, Faizabad Market, Double Road Market and Raja Bazaar, are reportedly occupied by encroachers.

Growing encroachments have not only marred the beauty of both the cities but also damaged roads, causing hardships for pedestrians and motorists alike.

A stallholder at G9 Market said that he had set up a stall at a footpath, as he had no other option due to the skyrocketing rents of shops.

While justifying his illegal practice, he said, "We also have to earn bread for our families. I have set up my stall in this market because I had no other space to do business."

'235 acid throwing incidents reported in 2012'

LAHORE

APP

Acid throwing incidents are on the rise in the country as 235 cases were reported in Burn Centre of Mayo Hospital during the last year 2012.

In an exclusive interview with APP, Head of Burn Centre of Mayo Hospital and Registrar of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Prof. Farid Ahmed Khan said that most of women were among the victims of acid throwing incident and maximum cases were reported from southern Punjab where literacy rate comparatively low, he said.

To a question, he said that injuries from electricity, leakage of gas and acid throwing are the common in the country as 235 cases of acid throwing were registered in this centre during last year 2012.

Prof Farid Ahmed Khan who is a renowned Plastic Surgeon and five time winner of gold medal in his academic carrier serving as Chairman Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King Edward Medical University Mayo Hospital when questioned about the first aid of burn injury, he said that the affected organ or limb of the body immediately dip into water for four to five minutes and contact doctor instead of self-medication by applying wet flour or toothpaste on the injury because such things are not sterilized and may cause of infection.

He also drew attention towards the increasing incidents of burst of pressure cookers which might have big casualty.

Responding about the existing facilities about the burn injuries, he said: "We have only fifteen percent limited facilities, there should be a full-fledged proper burn centre in the hospital." Two modes of treatment including Dermatome vac closure and Tangential excision are used in the centre,

Prof.Farid said and adding that a plan is however is prepared to set up a burn centre in the under construction nine-storey surgical tower in Mayo hospital which is under construction.

About the cost of treatment of burn injuries, Prof.Farid said that it varies in different hospitals but the Mayo hospital, provides free of cost treatment while in private hospitals it costs from thousands to millions.

    There is only one ward consisting of 12-bed is available

for around 200 patients visiting its emergency in one month

while 300 patients receive medical treatment at its OPD per

month. The reason of less patients are lack of facilities

and space, Prof.Farid added.

    However, 25 trained doctors are available in centre.

    He suggested that it is need of the hour to establish a

state-of-the-art burn centre in Mayo hospital which is the

largest hospital of the country.