The government of Punjab has suspended the medical director and chief medical officer of the Kot Khawaja Saeed government hospital in Lahore after a “false entry” was made of the Covid-19 vaccination of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the hospital, we learned on Friday.
The development comes after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday filed a complaint against two other hospital employees for making a false vaccination declaration under the name PML-N supremo, who lives in the UK. United since November 2019.
An order issued by the Punjab Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department dated September 23, a copy of which is available from Dawn.comKot Khawaja Saeed Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr Ahmad Nadeem, who held the additional post of Medical Superintendent, said, as well as Chief Medical Officer Dr Munir Ahmed were suspended.
Dr Nadeem and Dr Ahmed were both suspended “for ineffectiveness and professional misconduct” and ordered to report to the provincial health department with immediate effect, according to the order, which did not mention the case. the entry of fake Nawaz vaccine.
An official of the inquiry committee formed by the provincial health ministry said Dawn.com while requesting anonymity that the committee had recommended the suspension of doctors.
Meanwhile, Dr Muhammad Ajaz Butt, the Additional Senior Physician (APMO) at Mian Munshi DHQ Government University Hospital, Lahore was transferred and assigned to Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital as APMO, and received the additional charge of medical superintendent.
The FIA had registered a case on Thursday evening concerning the false entry after the opening of an investigation into the incident on the recommendations of the government of Punjab.
The agency appointed a guard Abdul Hassan and a service attendant Adil Rafique in the FIR, saying they used the name / login tab of vaccinator Naveed Altaf to make a fake entry for the former prime minister using his national identity card on September 22 (Wednesday).
The police also registered a complaint against the two suspects on the complaint of the medical director of the hospital.
The problem arose after the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) officially uploaded the dossier which showed that the PML-N supremo had received the first vaccine. This has embarrassed the government of Punjab and sparked a debate over the entry system for vaccination, with Nawaz having been in London since 2019.
The government portal showed that Nawaz received the first dose of Sinovac from the Kot Khawaja Saeed government hospital on September 22. The health facility is located in the stronghold of the PML-N.
An official said earlier Dawn that the hospital had discovered that a guard and a security guard had made the fictitious entrance. He said the two suspects were suspended from duty after claiming that a man gave them the ID card number to make the Covid vaccine entry in the hospital file.
The man told workers it was his elderly father’s CNIC that received the first vaccine from a health service team at his home. The visiting team was unable to make the entry against his father’s CNIC into the government system and he (the suspect) asked hospital workers to do the same, the official said, while citing the original investigation.
He quoted the employees as saying they were unaware that the CNIC number was, in fact, that of the former prime minister.
While commenting on the incident at a press conference Thursday, PML-N Vice President and Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz expressed surprise at her father’s “fake vaccination”, saying that “This could spark an international reaction on the type of system Pakistan has for administering and registering vaccines.
“It only exposes the system and its vaccine registration mechanism,” she said, adding: “I’m worried about that.”
Nawaz left Pakistan for medical treatment in London on November 19, 2019, days after being released on bail to a seven-year sentence for corruption. He has not returned to Pakistan since.
Pakistan had confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus on February 26, 2020 – more than three months after Nawaz left for the UK.