When an elderly woman died on the floor of the overcrowded Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, the Chief Minister, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif ordered an inquiry into the case. After six months of the incident, the inquiry has been completed and it has been found out that the doctors who could be responsible for her death, have not even been included in the list of accused.

The probe has held two professors responsible for mere mismanagement in their respective wards and other than that, no one else is being reprimanded for the horrific incident.

The incident took place on January 2 this year, when a 60-year-old woman by the name of Zahra Bibi, was brought to Lahore from Kasur due to severe chest pain. She was initially taken to the Lahore Government Hospital (LGH), but the doctors over there referred her to Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), saying that hers was a case of the heart. When she was taken to PIC, a senior registrar examined her and declared that she did not have any heart problem and instead she was in dire need of dialysis as she was suffering from renal failure.

He therefore referred Zahra Bibi to the Jinnah Hospital, where she was sent to an already overcrowded ward. At night she was put on a bed which was already occupied by another patient. The next morning, the patient had to be taken for biopsy, due to which Bibi was shifted to the floor of the ward.

Sadly, Zahra Bibi died on the same day at the Jinnah Hospital due to lack of treatment. Her family raised hue and cry and alleged that she died due to doctors’ irresponsibility.

Sadly, the investigation report has left out the key culprits-the doctors who should have treated her promptly. The report has been submitted to the CM and it remains to be seen what decision he takes in this case.

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