Doctors at Civil Hospital Quetta were forced to perform surgery under cell phone light because of the constant power outage due to heavy rain and snowfall in the provincial capital. The hospital had no backup power as there was no generator in place either.

According to a statement issued by Balochistan Young Doctors’ Association (YDA), the trauma and emergency centre in the hospital was in terrible condition due to the incompetence of its managing director.

YDA spokesperson Rahim Khan Babar revealed that there was a lack of equipment and medicines. The operation theatre did not have slippers for the patients and the x-ray machines and other apparatus automatically shut down due to power breakdown.


He added that Balochistan CM Jam Kamal, Balochistan Assembly Speaker Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Jamal Mandokhail and provincial Health Secretary Muddasir Waheed have visited the hospital but no development and improvement was witnessed.

Earlier, the CM promised to ensure facilities for poor citizens in the hospital during his visit.

Babar urged the CM to take notice of the situation and resolve it as soon as possible because precious lives were put at risk. He also stressed the management to make contractual staff permanent employees to improve the situation of the hospital.