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Punjab Institute of Cardiology shuts down after lawyers’ attack

Patients sent home, shifted to other hospitals

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Dec 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

The Punjab Institute of Cardiology shut down on Thursday all of its OPDs and other wards after a mob of lawyers attacked and stormed the hospital on December 11.

Doctors, nurses and other paramedic staff have announced a strike. Patients at the hospital have been discharged and those in critical condition have been shifted to other hospitals.

Only a few patients in the cardiac care unit (CCU) are being treated. The CCU is a hospital ward specialized in the care of patients with severe cardiac conditions that require continuous monitoring and treatment.

Eight critical patients have been shifted to the north medical ward of Mayo Hospital and 10 have been admitted to the cardiac ward at Jinnah Hospital. Other patients have also been referred to Services Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

The PIC is the biggest cardiac hospital in Lahore. Its windows were smashed and doctors and nurses were attacked with sticks and stones on Wednesday when lawyers stormed the building. A police mobile was also burned, as was a police check post.

Almost 25 doctors were injured and the Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan was also attacked by the lawyers.

Police have been positioned outside the hospital and the deployment of Rangers has been approved by the Punjab government.

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