PM&DC; sets up inquiry body in Zohra Bibi death

PM&DC; sets up inquiry body in Zohra Bibi death

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has constituted an inquiry committee to investigate the reason why Zohra Bibi died.

According to details, Zohra Bibi was a patient of anuria and admitted at the Arif Memorial Teaching Hospital (AMTH) in Lahore that is affiliated with the Rashid Latif Medical College (RLMC). She died earlier this month as a result of not receiving proper treatment.

PM&DC as the regulatory entity constituted an investigation committee after examining the committee report that was conducted under the Chairmanship of CMIT. This committee was formulated right after the media reports regarding the incident. According to the reports, she was not provided with a bed in the hospital nor any kind of proper treatment, due to which the patient went to Jinnah Hospital Lahore and died on 2nd January.

According to the PM&DC letter, the Punjab government's specialised healthcare and medical education department took serious notice of the incident and has requested PM&DC to inquire about the case and directed that strict action be taken against such hospitals and private medical dental colleges who did not offer free treatment to the poor as all the private hospitals are bound by PM&DC regulations to offer free beds and treatment.

The provincial government also directed PM&DC to take punitive action, particularly against AMTH Lahore and RLMC Lahore for not providing treatment to poor patients as per PM&DC regulations. President PM&DC Shabir Lehri said that the council has written letter to the above mentioned teaching hospital and medical college to explain their position. He also added that an inquiry Committee consisting of three very professional and senior professors has been constituted comprising of Eice Muhammad, Mussadiq Khan and Shafiq ur Rehman.

He added that it was highly objectionable that the medical and dental colleges were not providing free treatments to the poor and PM&DC would not spare any institution that did not follow the PM&DC rules.