LAHORE, June 17 (TNS): Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education, Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that work on Pakistan Kidney, Liver Transplant & Research Institute (PKLI) will complete by December 2017.
He stated this while talking to the media persons after presiding over the meeting of steering committee on PKLI at the site office on Bedian Road, Lahore on Saturday. President PKLI Trust Dr. Saeed Akhtar, General Manager Infrastructure Development Authority IDAP Naveed Tariq, Chief Planning Officer Health Department Abdul Haq Bhatti, officers from P&D, Sui Gas, WASA, LESCO, Finance Department and other concerned agencies attended the meeting.
He said that total cost of the project is Rs. 20 billion whereas by the end of this month near about Rs. six billion would be spent.
The GM of IDAP briefed the meeting regarding the pace of work and updated the meeting regarding the progress of procurement of biomedical equipments. He informed that the construction work on Phase-I under Package-A of PKLI would hopefully be completed by the end of November and it would be inaugurated on 25th December 2017.
He informed that advertisement regarding the procurement of medical equipments has been sent. He said that procurement orders would be issued in August. It is pertinent to mention here that two million working hours have been spent on the project and by the grace of Allah and due to the health safety arrangements of international standards no incident has took place during the working and the labour is working in a safe environment.
The meeting reviewed the working on construction/widening of approach roads to the PKLI, arrangements for heavy connections of electricity, water, sewerage, sui gas etc.
The officers of the concerned departments updated the steering committee regarding the said arrangements. The arrangements for landscaping and tree plantation also came under discussion.
Earlier, Kh. Salman Rafique distributed certificates among the medical officers who have been completed training in the hepatitis prevention and treatment clinic of PKLI. Sixty eight medical officers have been recruited by the Primary & Secondary Health Department for the posting at the hepatitis filter clinics established across the province.
While talking to the doctors, Kh. Salman Rafique said that they should not consider their posting just a job but feel themselves as a part of a movement against hepatitis which has been launched by the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif to eradicate hepatitis from the province.
Kh. Salman Rafique said, “We are all the part of this movement”. He advised the doctors to deal with the patients with smiling face as good attitude of the doctors with the patients made 50 percent recovery of the disease.