Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

Pakistani former prime minister Nawaz Sharif underwent medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday. (AFP/File)
Updated 04 February 2019

Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

  • Doctors clear the air that former premier did not have a heart attack in the recent past
  • Contemplate on whether or not to remove stone detected in his kidney

LAHORE: The results of a medical test conducted on Pakistan’s former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are clear, a hospital source confirmed to Arab News on Monday.
Sharif underwent a thorough medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday.
“The Lipid Profile Test (LPT) of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, that was conducted after 12 hours of fasting, came out clear. However, a 3 mm stone has been detected in his kidney,” an official, who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media, said. 
“Nawaz Sharif is treated as per his medical history and present health condition. He has been shifted to hospital for medical investigation. We are waiting for the results of his tests before deciding his medication,” Dr. Adnan Khan, the personal physician of the three-time prime minister, had told Arab News on Sunday.
Sharif’s medical examination was carried out under the supervision of a team of medical experts which included Professors Mehmood Ayaz, Sajid Nisar, and Kamran Cheema.
“The hospital authorities carried out the former prime minister’s CT scan and a complete blood test. They also examined his kidneys through ultrasound. Apart from that, the doctors also called a cardiac expert from the Punjab Institute of Cardiology for consultation,” the source said.
The tests also confirmed that Sharif did not suffer any cardiac arrest in the recent past.
However, with tests for a kidney stone turning out positive, the medical experts will now decide whether or not he needs surgery for the condition.
“I am sure that the medical board has received the reports of the test but not delivered to us so far. The moment we get it, we will look into the matter,” Khan said.
Sharif was moved to the Services Hospital from Lahore’s Central Jail on Saturday with the approval of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. A notification in this connection was issued by the Punjab home department on the recommendation of a special medical board constituted by the provincial administration.
This was the fourth medical board that was specially constituted to examine the health of the convicted prime minister.
The board was constituted on January 25 and comprised cardiac experts from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, and the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. Sharif’s detailed examination was conducted on January 30 for two hours inside his prison cell.
According to a notification by the Punjab Home Department, the former prime minister will be moved back to the prison facility after his medical tests are completed.
“Superintendent of jail will ensure early shifting of the prisoner back to the Central Jail Lahore, in consultation with respective hospital authorities, after requisite medical examination/investigation/management, under foolproof security arrangements,” read the notification.
However, Punjab’s Information Minister, Fayazul Hasan Chohan, said Sharif might continue to stay in the hospital after his medical tests, based on the medical advice of the experts involved.


Pakistani PM calls in army to help clean up rain-battered Karachi 

Updated 30 July 2020

Pakistani PM calls in army to help clean up rain-battered Karachi 

  • Directs National Disaster Management Authority chief to reach Karachi immediately and start cleaning up in aftermath of recent rains
  • Nearly a dozen killed as rain leaves Karachi residents wading through water amid stalled vehicles and trash flowing through the streets

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday night he had called in the Pakistani military to help in efforts to “clean up” the country’s biggest city and commercial hub of Karachi after torrential rains left nearly a dozen people dead.

Rain battered Karachi this week, leaving residents wading through waist-deep water amid stalled vehicles and trash flowing through the streets.
“I have asked the NDMA Chairman to go to Karachi immediately and start the clean up in the aftermath of the rain,” Khan said in a tweet, referring to the National Disaster Management Authority, which is run by a serving general. 
“I have asked the Pak army to also help in cleaning up the city,” the PM added. 
The provincial government in Sindh says the modernization of Karachi, including of its drainage and flood management systems, is a major goal to revitalize Pakistan’s largest city and economic powerhouse, long plagued by traffic congestion, poor road infrastructure, transport, water and electricity shortages and rampant crime. 
But politicking by local parties and wrangling between different levels of government have stalled Karachi’s growth for decades and continue to hold back development causing even minor spells of rain to leave the city paralysed.