Police approached against youths for recording prank in hospital

Dec 28, 2019

KASUR: A video clip apparently recorded in the emergency ward of the DHQ hospital that went viral on social media landed three youths in hot water here on Friday.

The hospital administration that became alert after the clip went viral constituted a three-member committee to probe into the matter. The committee, established by the hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Muhammad Laeeq, would conclude the report within three days. It would also try to establish which staffers were involved in facilitating the youths in making the video.

The hospital administration had also submitted an application with the Saddar police station for registration of a case against the youths, including Muhammad Amin, Omar Sameer and Naveed alias Jani.

The video clip shows a boy lying in a bed in the emergency ward of the DHQ hospital and pretending to be breathing his last. Another boy, who appears in the guise of a doctor, informs a friend about the condition of the ‘patient’, who then pretends to die.

This is not the first time that the DHQ hospital has come into limelight over the negligence of its administration.

A few months back, in another video that had gone viral, a dog was seen lying in a bid of the intensive care unit. When a provincial minister visited the hospital a few days later to probe into the matter, the dog was found lying there again.

Moreover, a baby went missing from the paediatric ward of the hospital a few months back and so far there was no clue to his whereabouts.

A doctor, requesting anonymity, said that the CCTV cameras installed inside the hospital have been out of order for the last six months. There was no security in the hospital where several incidents of theft in the gynae ward had also been reported, he added.

A paramedical staffer said that the hospital presented a gloomy picture with a host of issues, including lack of security for patients, staff and doctors. There was no canteen at the hospital, while tenders had been invited thrice a year, he added.

Young Doctors Association President Dr Tahir Shaheen said the committee established by the MS would also trace out the elements that had facilitated outsiders to record the video. He lamented that the district administration had failed to control the situation.

He also said that the association, in its last meeting with the MS, had given a deadline of February 2020 to resolve the major issues facing the hospital otherwise they would go on a strike against the district administration.

MS Dr Laeeq said that he had submitted an application to the police for legal action against the youths while the three-member committee of doctors would find out if there were internal elements involved with the suspects. He further said that CCTV cameras would be installed soon for which the procedure was under way.

(Daily Dawn)