No Big Hospital Set Up in Capital in Last 25-30 Years: Ali Khan

ISLAMABAD, Sep 18 (APP): State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan on Friday informed the Senate that no big hospital has been established in the federal capital for the last 25-30 years after Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Responding to various supplementary questions during the Question Hour, the minister said there was a dire need of setting up another big hospital in the public sector. Many patients from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab also regularly visit public sector hospitals in the Federal Capital, he added.

He said Establishment of Islamabad General Hospital at Tarlai was approved by CDWP at a total cost of Rs 2499.993 million. Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) approved a grant assistance of Rs 75,000,000 (Equivalent to Rs. 2,000 million) for this project, he added.

He said in Financial Year 2016-17, Rs 100 million including Rs 50 million FEC was allocated to this project.

The minister said that the hospital was scheduled to be completed by June, 2019 while the construction work was started from the boundary wall by PWD in October 2016, but due to litigation by some local land mafia it was delayed for 2 years being subjudiced in the court. Presently the boundary wall is complete, the approach roads from the Lehtrar road and Park Road are also complete while gates are installed and all work is being done through GOP funds of the project amount, he said.

To another question, Ali Muhammad Khan said that out of of total 302,424 Coronavirus patients, as many as 290,261 Coronavirus patients have recovered so far. He said effective steps were taken to control the pandemic which was also acknowledged worldwide. Paying tributes to doctors and paramedic staff, the minister said that they did a wonderful job during the pandemic despite limited resources.

He said international institutions were doing research to control the pandemic while our own scientists and institutions are also carrying out research to prepare a vaccine in this regard.

The minister said assistance was provided to 10.6 million families under the Ehsaas Programme during COVID19 adding that more share was given to Sindh province than its specified ratio during the pandemic.

To a separate question, the minister said the Drug Control Section of the Health Department, Islamabad has seized 24 different expired drugs from 05 different premises/firms during the last one year.

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