High alert in twin cities hospitals after Islamabad blast

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The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on Friday directed all the administrative heads of hospitals located in the federal capital to remain high-alert, keeping in view the prevailing situation after an explosion in Sector I-10/4, Islamabad.

According to the ministry’s order, hospital heads have also been directed to ensure the availability of medical and para-medical staff as well as essential services in their respective hospitals around the clock.

The directions have been issued to the heads of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Polyclinic, and the National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicines (NIRM). Meanwhile, following the directions of the ministry, the administrations of all three hospitals have started taking special measures to keep the emergency department on high alert for the provision of medical facilities to injured persons.

Similarly, all vehicles or ambulances will be on standby in the premises of the hospitals to cater to any emergency situation besides making other necessary arrangements to meet any untoward situation.

All the officers or officials working in the emergency department will remain physically present in their respective shifts.

Moreover, security in Rawalpindi has been put on high alert on Friday after the blast occurred in the Sector I-10/4 of the federal capital.

On the directives of Regional Police Officer Nasir Mehmood Satti, the security had been enhanced outside sensitive buildings and installations, while armed police personnel had also been deployed outside mosques, Imambargahs and churches, police sources said.

The RPO directed the City Police Officer, Rawalpindi and all the DPOs of the region to make security arrangements at all entry and exit points and ensure strict inspection of the suspected vehicles entering the division, he added. Security had been tightened in various parts of the city and cantonment areas following the Islamabad blast. The city’s crowded markets such as Raja Bazaar, Bara Market, Murree Road, Commercial Market, Bank Road, Mall Road and others were being monitored by CCTV cameras, he said and informed that patrols of the Dolphin force and police personnel had been increased. The spokesman said in the current situation, special teams of the anti-terrorism force had been placed on high alert to deal with any untoward incident. SHOs of all police stations had been directed to be in full liaison with other law enforcement agencies, he said.

Meanwhile, the district police on Friday rounded up as many as 14 suspected drug peddlers and seized over 2,750 grams hashish, 25 liters liquor, six 30-bore pistols, ammunition and other items from their possession. According to a police spokesman, Bani police held Mohsin for having 1,320 of hashish. Naseerabad, Civil Lines, Airport, Morgah, WahCantt, Jatli and Sadiqabad police arrested Afaq, Hamza, Adil, Shafi, Haiderullah, Waseem, Qasim, Asghar, Ali Zia, Ijaz, Qasim and Yasir and recovered 1430 grams hashish and 25 liters liquor.