MULTAN

Serious technical flaws have been detected in the design of state-of-the-art Kidney Centre and the health authorities fear that removal of these errors will cause another delay of at least two months in completion of the building.

Sources disclosed that these flaws were pinpointed by a four-member technical team consisting of senior consultants of Nishtar Hospital including Dr Rafiq Anjum, Dr Abdul Sattar Anjum, Dr Amir Ali Khan and Dr Yousuf Bandesha. The team was constituted on the Punjab government directives to carry out visit of the under construction 150-bed kidney hospital and analyse quality of the work.

Sources said that the team pointed out during their visit to the operation theatres of the Kidney Centre that simple floors were laid in the operation theatres and water was not available in the theatres. Similarly, the wash up facility for the doctors was also missing while the doors between the operation theatre and recovery rooms, where patients are shifted after operation, were no wider than just two and a half foot. The team made it clear that shifting the newly operated patient on a bed to the recovery room through these doors was impossible. It was also located during team’s visit that the nursing station lacked basic hand washing facility while the ramp leading to the ward for shifting patients ended suddenly much before the ward. Sources claimed that the building contained a number of other errors that needed to be cleared in line with the instructions of Healthcare Commission. Sources said that the technical committee would present a detailed report to the Commissioner Multan very soon.

OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL BILLBOARDS: The district administration had launched a grand operation against illegal billboards and banners as cases against 60 persons were registered against the owners of such boards. Sources said that the operation was led by Director Horticulture Fakharul Islam Dogar who got cleared the area between Bahawalpur Chowk and Kabirwala Chowk. “These boards had been installed without payment of publicity fee and getting NOC,” claimed Mr. Dogar. Meanwhile, the DCO Multan Zahid Saleem Gondal said that the illegal boards had not only distorted the face of Multan but also posed a serious threat to citizens’ lives. He directed the concerned officials to continue operation on daily basis.