BUREWALA-A brawl between a doctor and a nurse of Tehsil Headquarters Hospital here resulted in the death of a woman in gynaecology ward as she had been left unattended during the nurses’ boycott.

The medical superintendent formed a five-member investigation committee to determine the responsible.

Dr Khalid Maqsood and staff nurse Nadia Parveen allegedly scuffled over the admission of a female patient of Amjad Town named Ayesha. The nurse had not admitted the patient on the doctor’s advice. She alleged that Dr Khalid had slapped her thrice over the issue after exchanging hot words with her at duty rostrum.

Showing resentment, the nurses of the hospital stopped working and she was moved to a private hospital by her relatives. Meanwhile, another patient form Satellite Town namely Mumtaz was brought to the emergency but she could not survive due to the nurses’ boycott.

THQ Hospital Burewala Medical Superintendent Rana Akram the investigation committee headed by Dr Khalid Mehmood, and comprising Dr Imran Bhatti, Dr Khalid Mehmood, Dr Maimoona Humayun and Head Nurse Mrs Hafeez.

The inquiry committee recorded the statements of Dr Khalid Maqsood and nurse Nadia Parveen. Later, the nurse told journalists that the doctor slapped her in front of hospital staffers. The medical superintendent said that the committee will complete the inquiry within two days.

Cut in gunny bags

quota riles farmers

The curtailment of gunny bags quota and wheat purchase target by the Passco have forced the farmers to sell their commodity at lower rates in the open market.

The Punjab government has set gunny bags quota at 10 bags per acre but the Pakistan Agriculture storage and Services Corporation (Passco) has been providing only 3 bags per acre.

The corporation has also cut down wheat procurement target to 400,000 bags in Burewala sub-division, causing multifarious problems for the poor farmers.

This situation has left the farmers at the mercy of middlemen and exploiters, forcing them to sell their crop at the lowest rate of Rs1,100 to 1,150 per 40-kg.

Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) district president Zulfiqar Awan, General Secretary Chaudhry Mohammad Mehran and Mehboob Minhas has demanded the government to increase wheat purchase target in the subdivision to protect the farmers from exploitation and losses. They also urged the government to take steps without delay to ensure provision of gunny bags as per the quota set by the Punjab government.