LAHORE: The Punjab health department has established two makeshift hospitals, in order to deal any emergency situation during PSL matches, on Sunday.
The hospitals have been established at National Hockey Stadium and inside the premises of Pearl Continental hotel. On Sunday, Health CEO Dr Yadullah Ali and other officials paid visit to the hospitals, they also inspected the availability of medicines. The hospitals have all arrangements of mini operation theatres; the National Hockey Stadium comprises 20 beds while PC hotel hospital has six beds. He also issued necessary directions to doctors and paramedical staff for the smooth running of the hospitals.
Talking to The Express Tribune, the spokesman for the health department said the makeshift hospitals have been set up with the cooperation of city district government.
“We are fully cooperating with the authorities as we want a successful outcome for international cricket in Pakistan. We have also cross-checked all arrangements and removed all loopholes which were detected while holding the Pakistan Super League matches,” the spokesman said.
He said the hospitals would work around the clock to provide care for those sick and affected during the matches. The makeshift hospitals, however, would focus on treating people in emergency cases while during the emergency situation small surgeries could be carried out.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has dedicated three teams comprising of 75 police communication officers in total to monitor the routes taken by PSL teams from the airport to the hotel and then to the stadium and back in addition to the stadium and connecting communities with the help of 300 PSCA cameras.
This surveillance and monitoring would be reinforced with Mobile Command Centre and drone-cameras operations from the field where the deputed senior officials have already been equipped with MTD handsets.
This arrangement is further fortified with the special petrol and escort beats of Dolphin Squad and PRU. The Punjab Safe Cities Authority is committed to ensuring best surveillance and security arrangements in aid to law enforcement agencies.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2018.
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