About 700 injured from the quake-affected areas have been admitted to various public hospitals of the city, who were either referred by the NWFP hospitals or had been shifted to various hospitals of the city on their own and through government-arranged services, and the public hospitals are bracing up to meet more emergencies by reserving beds and arranging medicines for the patients.
Medical Superintendent Services Hospital Dr. Riaz Chaudhary said the best treatment facilities were being provided free of cost to the injured admitted in the Hospital whereas free telephone service had been provided to the admitted patients and their attendants so that they could inform their relatives in Azad Kashmir and other areas about their location. "500 beds have been reserved for the injured, and 215 injured from Mansehra, Balakot, Muzaffarabad, Bagh and other areas have been shifted to the Hospital, who have been admitted in Orthopaedics Ward of the hospital. Operations are being performed, and all the expenses are being met by the hospital administration besides providing them meal and other necessities. At the time of discharging these patients, the hospital administration is also providing them transportation fare to reach their native places," he added.
40-year-old Aurangzeb, who was brought to the Services Hospital in critical condition because of the backbone injury from Balakot on October 16, died on Sunday. His body has been removed to the city morgue, and his relatives have been informed about his death.
Dr. Riaz Chaudhry told that under the instructions of Punjab Health Minister Dr. Tahir Ali Javed, food was also served to the attendants and relatives of the injured.
Nine patients were referred by the Ayub Medical Complex, Abbottabad, to the Lahore General Hospital. 95 patients were brought to the LGH, and 41 out of them are under treatment, while four were shifted to the Mayo Hospital. The rest have been discharged. The LGH has a 200-beds reserved for the quake-victims.
So far 183 patients have been brought to the Mayo Hospital. Out of them 90 are still under treatment, while the rest have been discharged. The Jinnah Hospital has received 47 injured, who are being treated at the Hospital. 40 patients have been admitted to the Sir Gang Ram Hospital so far. 110 patients have been brought to the Shaikh Zayed Hospital (Lahore) so far.
October 23, 2005