Imran Khan speaks to a patient at District Headquarters Hospital in Sargodha during a surprise visit yesterday. He also visited a hospital in Khushab and a police station in Talagang. Image Credit: Twitter

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday made surprise visits to the hospitals in Sargodha and Khushab, and a police station in Talagang city, to inspect the quality of service delivery.

The move is part of Imran’s initiative to make unannounced visits to government institutions including hospitals, police stations, schools, shelter homes and development schemes.

The prime minister, who arrived without any security detail or prior notice, was accompanied by Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Zafar Mirza.

The objective was to show compassion to the people and have a direct check on the administration and the standard of the services being provided to the masses, officials said.

During his visit to District Headquarters Hospital in Sargodha, the prime minister interacted with people, listened to their grievances and inquired about the quality of healthcare.

He expressed concern over the number of cases the hospital has to attend to, as the facility caters for patients coming from nearby areas including Bhera, Khushab, Mianwali and Pind Dadan Khan.

He also sought suggestions about the possibilities to expand the facility.

The prime minister also visited the paediatric ward where he was also told about the excessive caseload and shortage of required facilities.

Later, he also visited District Headquarters Hospital in Khushab and asked the hospital administration about the load of the patients besides inquiring after the health of the patients.

Lauding the prime minister’s initiative, the people chanted ‘Long Live Imran Khan’ slogans and also shook hands with him.

During his visit to the city police station in Talagang, the prime minister examined the record of the public complaints and asked the staff about their working.