Deserving patients from Punjab face shortages of Bait-ul-Maal funds

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  • The districts of Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Lahore ran short of funds because the number of patients from these areas exceeded the funds allocated for the treatment of patients.
  • Patients from remote areas and their relatives are entrapped so far between the offices and hospitals of Bait-ul-Maal.
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Photo source Independent Urdu.

The budget allotted for free treatment of poor patients by Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, and Sialkot have abolished and halted the treatment of patients while new applications are also not being accepted.

Bait-ul-Maal which is to provide relief to the poor and the needy from the allocated funds is reluctant to receive the new applications because of considerable shortages in the supply of funds according to the report of Independent Urdu.

An official of the Baitmal Department told on condition of anonymity that Pakistan’s budget for four cities of Punjab came to a grinding halt within just three months which has caused panic for the patients who received treatment under the financial assistance of Bait-ul-Maal.

Without funds, deserving patients are anxious to receive treatment. According to Bait-ul-Maal sources, more than 300 deserving patients this year from Lahore were getting treatment for deadly diseases in various hospitals with government assistance.

About 300 patients in Gujranwala and Faisalabad each and more than 300 in Sialkot were receiving treatment facilities. The closure of funds not only affected those who were already receiving treatment but also halted the provision of health facilities to the new patients.

Patients from remote areas and their relatives are entrapped so far between the offices and hospitals of Bait-ul-Amal. Sources also told that several affectees have also sent complaints to the Prime Minister’s Portal regarding the matter but funds have not been released as yet.

The deserving patients’ relatives have appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to take notice of the issue and to order the release of the funds in letter and spirit. Sources informed that Pakistan’s Bait-ul-Mal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 has been allocated at least 5.5billion PKR.

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All 36 districts of Punjab have a separate allocation in Bait-ul-Maal’s overall budget but less number of applications have been received in 32 districts. The lesser number of applications left the funds intact while a large number of deserving people from major cities of Punjab turned to Pakistan Bait-ul-Amal for help.

The districts of Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Lahore ran short of funds because the number of patients from these areas exceeded the funds allocated for the treatment of patients.

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