Services Hospital shuts down Diabetic Center after mysterious midnight fire

Patients from far-flung areas face huge trouble owing to closure of diabetic center

The Diabetic Center of Services Hospital Lahore remained dysfunctional after a fire erupted there on Wednesday mid-night.

The costly medical equipment, IT system and other appliances turned into ashes due to the fire in the center.

The hospital administration has locked the center, resulting in serious trouble for the patients, especially those coming from far-flung areas.

“I came from Sahiwal for my check-up but the center is closed,” said Zafar Ali, an aged man. He said that he was also denied an “entrance slip” for checkup. Zafar said that he had travelled in the early morning to reach timely for his checkup but to no avail.

Speaking with Minute Mirror, he said that he had been coming here regularly, and had gotten better initially but was feeling weak once again.

Another man from Shahdara said that he reached the hospital at 10:00am, thinking that the doctors would be available there, but the situation was quite different. He said that it was locked and no treatment slip was being issued by the staff members.

Many patients kept waiting there expecting the center to open soon but neither was it opened nor any alternative arrangement was made by the administration for the patients.

The fire that erupted Wednesday mid-night caused huge damage to the center and the cause of it is still unknown. An insider said that an inquiry committee was formed to investigate the matter.

It was the second incident of fire at a public sector hospital in a week time as earlier fire erupted on the third floor of The Children’s Hospital where medicines worth millions of rupees turned to ashes.

The medical superintendent of Services Hospital was contacted for his comment but he was not available.

Fida Hussnain is a correspondent covering judiciary, politics, business and health issues. He is also a feature writer and researcher with major work on freedom of press in Pakistan. He tweets @fidahassanain and can be reached at