LAHORE – After a day’s break, three more heart patients, including a woman, lost their lives in the City on Saturday. With the new deaths, the PIC-affected death tally has reached 130. Shahida Bib (60), a resident of Rang Mehal, and Ghulam Ali (55) of Kasur breathed their last at Services Hospital while Muhammad Pervaiz (60) of Mozang died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Since the heart patients started developing complications after using PIC medicines, Friday was the only day when no patient lost the life. Some 300 patients are still under treatment at various hospitals. As per the instructions of the Punjab Health Department, the public sector hospitals are giving injections to overcome the complications among patients caused by excessive dose of anti Malaria drug in the shape of Isotab.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Government has appointed Dr Muhammad Javed as Medical Superintendent of under-focus PIC. The doctors, desiring restoration of previous MS Dr Jaffar Saleem, tried to stop Dr Javed from assuming charge of the office. He, however, took the charge on Saturday and started performing duties as MS PIC.

Talking to the newsmen after assuming charge as MS of the PIC, Dr Muhammad Javed has said that he has taken the responsibility as a challenge. 

He said: “All is well reports are not acceptable any more.” He cleared it that concerned administrative doctors would be responsible for any negligence. He directed the staff posted at counters established for patients and their attendants not to leave their duty till arrival of next shift.

He stressed all the staff to work hard so that the old good fame could be returned to PIC making it the best hospital of the country for heart patients once again, he concluded.