ISLAMABAD – More than half of capital’s police force is facing depression and illness due to sleepless duty schedules amid Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-in in the city.
According to a media report almost 60 per cent of Islamabad Police is diagnosed with depression, blood pressure, diabetes and hepatitis B, C. This number is as much as 8000 out of over 12000 police force.
The diagnosis were last took place six years back when Kaleem Imam was the Inspector General of Islamabad Police. At that time 45 per cent of police force was facing these medical conditions. However, due to sleep deprivation, unending duties and depression this percentage has increased tremendously.
The media report also claimed that due to illness most of the policemen were unable to perform their duties actively. They only manage to keep their presence on assigned post and say not a single word to their higher ups.
Moreover, the police department has no proper procedure of medical check up. Policemen are usually referred to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) or Poly Clinic. However, if the required medicines are not available from these two facilities then most of the policemen prefer not to reimburse the bills due its long departmental procedure.