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JPMC allows Dr Asim’s admission

JPMC allows Dr Asim’s admission

KARACHI: The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Tuesday ‘allowed admission’ to Dr Asim Hussain as per directive of the accountability court after a five-member medical board examined the former federal minister for physical and psychiatric problems, which he reportedly suffered from depression and psychological disorders, officials said.

The executive director of the JPMC constituted a medical board headed by eminent psychiatrist Dr Syed Haroon Ahmed with four members — Dr Tariq Mehmood from the JPMC radiology department; Dr Mohammed Iqbal Afridi, a psychiatrist; Dr Raza K. Rizvi from neurosurgery and Dr Rukhsana A. Sattar, a professor of medicine.

Officials in the JPMC said the medical board was constituted as per direction of the accountability court order dated Jan 18, 2016 for the examination of Dr Asim Hussain, son of Tajumal Hussain.

Dr Asim, a close aide to former president Asif Ali Zardari, was brought to the JPMC on Tuesday escorted by Rangers and police personnel.

He underwent several medical tests prescribed by the doctors.

The officials said the board met early in the day in the committee room No1 of the hospital’s administration block where they examined Dr Asim, who is facing graft charges in the accountability court.

Sources said after the check-up the board diagnosed Dr Asim, also accused of terror financing, with suffering from neurological problems apart from psychological disturbances and in need of urgent treatment.

In an earlier report Dr Asim was detected with suffering from mental stress.

After examination, Prof Anisuddin Bhatti, JPMC executive director, in the compliance report to the registrar of the accountability court, said Dr Asim was ‘allowed admission in Room No.1’ at the JPMC federal government officers ward with immediate effect as per the court’s order.

He was taken away by the NAB officials after the board’s examination and hospital administration was waiting for his arrival till late Tuesday evening to formally get him admitted.

Dr Asim has been examined several times earlier, which included a weeklong stay at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases last year, where the hospital said he was taken away by Rangers “without informing the administration” while he was still under treatment.

The JPMC officials referred to the accountability court’s Monday directive in which it asked NAB to take him to the director of the JPMC for a check-up and get him admitted if so advised by the official concerned.

Published in Dawn, January 20th, 2016

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