ISLAMABAD: In light of the Supreme Court’s (SC) orders, the government on Wednesday decided to resume normal services at hospitals and open dispensaries in the federal capital.
Outdoor patients departments (OPD) and other services at hospitals, including the Polyclinic, would be opened gradually.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has also done the same in view of the apex court’s directives about reopening OPDs at all hospitals due to problems faced by the people. However, concerned officials said that social distancing must be ensured at the health facilities.
Earlier this week, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, while hearing a petition against the high courts’ orders to release the prisoners, had observed that all the hospitals and clinics should remain functional.
Criticising the decision to shut hospitals, OPDs and dispensaries in Islamabad for other patients in order to focus on those infected by coronavirus, the chief justice said that nothing had been done practically while politicians continue to play meeting, meeting.
“Protecting the right of people is our responsibility. What kind of medical emergency has been imposed when even the private hospitals and clinics are shut,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, treatment services at teaching hospitals in Punjab are also facing a severe crisis due to the negligence of the Specialised Healthcare Department (SHD) which shut normal operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a local media outlet, hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes clinics, as well as dental clinics, have also been closed and many patients are suffering without medication and professional help.
Moreover, vaccination of children has also come to a halt after the closure of immunisation centres.
Similarly, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) centres are also among the services closed, leaving AIDS patients at the mercy of their circumstances.