Narowal: The construction of the Zafarwal Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital was halted in the previous three years owing to a lack of finances.
In 2007, Zafarwal was elevated to the tehsil level. Previously, the town featured a 20-bed rural health centre that served residents from over 200 villages and Zafarwal city. In 2015, the Punjab government set aside 84 kanals near Chavinda on the Sialkot Road to construct the THQ Hospital.
The foundation stone for the hospital was set by PML-N MP Chaudhry Owais Qasim Khan in June 2017, with an initial budget of Rs. 190.843 million and a completion date of December 31, 2019.
The development was halted after the 2018 elections owing to a lack of finances. On May 3, 2019, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar paid a visit to Zafarwal and stated that the building will be completed by December 31, 2020. The project’s cost has also increased by Rs. 250 million.
The chief minister paid a visit to Zafarwal a few months ago to express his condolences on the loss of Pir Syed Saeed Al Hassan, the provincial minister for endowments and religious affairs, and his brother. He requested a report on the under-construction hospital from the Gujranwala commissioner.
Citizens have demanded immediate action from Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on a delay in the construction of the hospital building.