KARAK: Excessive power loadshedding has severely affected the functioning of the Women and Children Hospital, Karak, with the doctors having to treat the critical patients on the road under the solar-powered streetlights during the nighttime. Elders of Khattak Ittehad, a rights organisation in Karak, complained that excessive loadshedding and absence of a generator in the women and children hospital had forced doctors to handle emergency cases under the streetlights.
The organisation’s leaders namely Ahmad Jan, Malik Taweez Gul and others told a press conference here on Saturday that Karak was receiving billions of rupees annually as oil and gas royalty, but its people were deprived of even basic facilities of life.
They said unavailability of basic facilities in the hospital reflected on the disinterest of the government towards resolving health issues. They demanded uninterrupted power supply to the health centres, particularly the district and tehsil headquarters hospitals. They threatened to agitate if the matter was no looked into.
A doctor at the emergency of the hospital told that due to excessive electricity loadshedding, they were forced to treat patients during the night with the help of solar-powered streetlights. He claimed that it had become a routine to check the patients on the road till the time there was loadshedding.