Lahore: The Real Time PCR Machine worth millions of Rupees which had been installed in the pathology department of King Edward Medical University on 23rd January, 2010 is just like a white elephant as not even a single test of Hepatitis has been done on it for the last two years. Thousands of Hepatitis patients have been forced to go to private laboratories to get their test done despite the availability of machine at the pathology laboratory of KEMU. The machine was inaugurated by Hamza Shahbaz Sharif MNA 2 ½ years ago. The incompetent administration of KEMU has not even bothered to get the machine operative for test of Hepatitis patients, despite the fact that every 10th individuals is Hepatitis B or C positive.
These views were expressed by YDA office bearers bearers Dr. Rana Sohail, Dr. Salman Kazmi, Dr. Talha Sherwani, Dr. Ghulam Qasim, Dr. Murtaza Bloch, Dr. Muhammad Khawar Khan, Dr. Shahid Dreshik, Dr. Waqas Gondal, Dr. Khuda Bukhsh, Dr. Asim, Dr. Shams, Dr. Muhammad Azhar and Dr. Muhammad Amjad who have demanded of the Chief Minister of the Punjab to direct the Vice Chancellor KEMU to start the free of cost test of Hepatitis on this machine and purchase the kits for this so that the poor patients don’t have to go to private laboratories for the tests.