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Death awaits patients as Nishtar Hospital road remains clogged.

MULTAN -- Death awaits many patients who are unable to get timely treatment at the Accidents and Emergency (A and E) Ward of the Nishtar Hospital, due to heavy and usual traffic jams, specially in the evening peak hours.

The mushroom growth of private clinics, pathology laboratories, surgical tools shops, pharmacies, hotels, no proper car parking facility, and numerous push carts are some of the reasons for the traffic mess on the Nishtar Road.

'I have to brave through this road four times a day for picking and dropping my school going children and on my way to the office, Mohammad Jawad, a government servant told reporter.

'I have to move at snail pace ont this road specially during the evening peak hours. Ambulances keep on honking to seeking passage to reach Nishtar Hospital's emergency ward, but nobody pays any heed,' 'It pains me when ambulances are stuck up on Nishtar Road with patients inside on a hot and muggy day,' he added.

Malik Ejaz, who runs a pharmacy on Nishtar Road right in front of the hospital's emergency said that ambulances kept on bringing patients at emergency ward round the clock.

'It is a usual sight that ambulances do not find smooth access to the emergency ward of Nishtar Hospital due to heavy traffic jams. Traffic wardens try their best, but most of the time, they are helpless because of motorists hurrying to catch their appointments at private medical clinics, located on Nishtar Road,' Ejaz informed.

The encroachments by pharmacies, auto rickshaws, push cart holders on Nishtar Road also add to the serious problem, said Qasim Bhatti, another pharmacy owner.

He suggested the issue could have been settled, if the fly over at this road would have been extended up to the Nishtar Hospital's emergency ward.

The fly over falls short of Nishtar Hospital which is one of the reasons for the traffic jams at this very busy road, he added.

Attempts were made to know the City Traffic Officer, Chaudhry Mohammad Sharif's stance over the serious problem, but he was unavailable for comments.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 30, 2017
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