Punjab to dispatch medical teams to treat Peshawar blast victims
CM Mohsin Naqvi also pays surprise visit to Mental Health Institute
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Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi on Tuesday ordered the provincial health minister to dispatch teams to Peshawar to extend medical help to the people injured during yesterday’s massive suicide blast in a mosque which claimed at least 88 lives, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
In compliance with Chief Minister Naqvi’s directions, Punjab Health Minister Javed Akram contacted Lady Reading Hospital’s Dr Amir Khan and offered all kind of medical assistance.
Dr Akram said that the Punjab government would provide medicines, blood and other medical facilities to the Peshawar blast injured.
A 13-member team under the leadership of Prof Kamran Khalid of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital Burn Unit is leaving for Peshawar. The Burn Unit team would ensure best treatment to the wounded people.
CM pays surprise visit to Mental Health Institute
Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi paid a surprise visit to Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) where he inspected different wards and inquired after the patients.
The hospital management was unaware of the CM's visit.
CM Naqvi inquired from the patients about the treatment facilities being provided to them. He also conversed with some patients who told the CM that they are fully recovered and wanted to go home. Many patients bemoaned that every facility is available in the hospital besides meetings with their family members. Some patients requested the CM to send them home.
Inquiring about the list of patients who had recovered, Mohsin Naqvi directed the MS to take immediate steps at all levels to send the recovered patients to their homes.
The MS of the PIMH briefed the CM on the situation, saying about 250 patients have been recovered but their families have abandoned them. Even some families entered their incorrect home addresses, he added.
“Even family relatives have abandoned their loved ones alone at this hospital, which is the height of pity,” the CM lamented.
“I have heard the patients’ plights with very heavy heart,” he sighed.
CCPO Lahore Bilal Kamiana also accompanied the chief minister.