4 Kanals of BBH property retrieved from land grabber

The land has been merged with the staff colony of the hospital

Jamil Mirza June 18, 2019
BBH officials check the newly-installed token machine outside the testing laboratories of the hospital. PHOTO: EXPRESS

RAWALPINDI: The four kanals of government property worth Rs500 million located inside Rawalpindi’s Benazir Bhutto General Hospital (BBH) Staff Colony has been recovered by the hospital administration.

The land was allegedly occupied by a Sub-Engineer Shaukat Niazi for an extended period of time.

The hospital administration had tried many times to recover the section of the land but had failed every time. Over the past fortnight, the hospital administration and the police made strong efforts to recover the land.

They finally managed to wrest control of it from Niazi and included the land in the staff colony.

With the land now in its possession and encroachments removed, it plans to either further expand the staff colony or to house some hospital functions there.

Computerised tokens for labs

To solve the issue of people queuing up outside the laboratories to have various prescribed tests completed, the BBH administration has now installed a computerised token system for patients and their attendants.

By setting up the token system, people will not have to wait for their turn in queues, rather they will be assigned a token and an estimated time when their turn will come. If they have to wait, they can do so in the waiting room where there are chairs and fans.

Moreover, the hospital administration has set up four distinct categories. These include women, men, government workers and senior citizens.

Polio drive starts

Along with the national polio drive in some 30 districts of the country, a five-day polio drive was launched at the BBH on Monday.

BBH Medical Superintendent Dr Rafiq Ahmed initiated the drive by administering polio immunization drops to children in the children’s ward.

A fixed centre has been set up in the hospital to immunize children up to 10 years of age. The drive will continue until June 22.

Children visiting different wards will also be vaccinated apart from those children who are brought in specifically for vaccination. 

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2019.


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