All is not well at Rs900m corona field hospital in Lahore

Patients walk a kilometre to reach washrooms: Consultants, doctors not ready to even check them

By: News Desk      Published: 03:04 PM, 7 May, 2020
All is not well at Rs900m corona field hospital in Lahore
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It is a Rs900 million facility that is supposed to treat the coronavirus patients but it lacks even basic amenities and services. We are talking about the 1,000-bed field hospital established at the Expo Centre, Lahore.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, there are no proper washrooms or meals for the people admitted in the temporary health facility for the coronavirus patients.

One can imagine the situation by the fact that doctors and consultants are not ready to even check the patients who have to walk one kilometre to reach the washrooms.

Currently, 427 coronavirus patients are admitted in this field hospital which was also visited by Prime Minister Imran Khan in early April in much fanfare.

If we look at the expenditure, an amount of Rs45 million was spent on erecting partition at the 1,000-bed facility with another Rs25 million on purchasing beds and Rs190 million on medical equipment.

Meanwhile, Rs900 million isn’t a onetime expenditure, as the monthly expenses allocated under different heads include Rs330 million on medicines, Rs130 million salaries and Rs180 million on operational cost.

The details of the staff deputed at the field hospital is: medical officers 413, consultants 208, physiotherapists four, nurse 882, ward attendants 190 and sweepers 190.

It is natural that the patients are desperate and feeling helpless in this situation as there is no one to care about them. Hence, they are forced to stage protest on regular basis.