It is 2:45 pm on Monday and chaos arises at the Government Chest Disease (CD) Hospital at Dalgate as the technicians at the Pulmonary Function Test ( PFT) lab shut it down unannounced.
Hospital authorities informed the aggrieved patients that the PFT lab was shut temporarily for a “lunch break”. This did not just result in commotion outside the PFT lab, but even the Out Patient Department (OPD) where a doctor “walked-out” in protest accusing the lab technicians of “casual approach” towards their work.
“We had to literally beg the hospital authorities to re-start the PFT lab for the day so that the doctor could come back to the OPD room and start examining patients. Are we here to sort out the official matters of the hospital or get our treatment done,” said Muhammad Amin, a patient from Shalteng.—KMS