LAHORE: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave the Punjab health minister four months to procure 279 ventilators.
The apex court’s Lahore registry was hearing a case regarding the lack of ventilators in government hospitals.
As the hearing got under way, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar expressed anger at the lack of facilities provided in public hospitals. Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid told the court that the summary to buy the ventilators is with the chief minister.
“How many summaries are with the chief minister?” the chief justice questioned. “You think ventilators are a joke(?)”
“We should call the chief minister here and get the summaries approved,” the top judge remarked.