ISLAMABAD: After Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), no big hospital has been established in the federal capital for last 25-30 years, the State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan on Friday informed the Senate.
“There was dire need of setting up another big hospital in public sector,” he said responding to various supplementary questions during Question Hour – as many patients from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab also regularly visited public sector hospitals in the Federal Capital, he added.
He said Establishment of Islamabad General Hospital at Tarlai was approved by CDWP at total cost of Rs. 2499.993 million. Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) approved 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. 100.000 million including Rs.50.000 million FEC was allocated to this project.
The minister informed the senate that such hospital was expected to be completed by June, 2019 where the construction work was started from the boundary wall by PWD in October 2016, but was delayed for 2 years being subjudiced in the court due to litigation by some local land mafia. While informing about how much project was completed, he said, all work was done through GOP funds of the project amount which including the boundary wall and the approach roads from the Lehtrar road and Park Road while gates are also installed.
To another question on response towards the pandemic, Ali Khan said out of total 302,424 Coronavirus patients, as many as 290,261 have been recovered so far. Effective steps were taken to control the pandemic which was also acknowledged worldwide, he added. Paying tributes to doctors and paramedic staff, the minister said that they did wonderful job during the pandemic despite limited resources.
He informed international institutions were doing research to control the pandemic while our own scientists and institutions were also carrying out research to prepare vaccine in this regard. The minister added that assistance was provided to 10.6 million families under Ehsas Programme during COVID-19 adding that more share was given to Sindh province than its specified ratio during the pandemic.
To a separate question, the minister said Drug Control Section of the Health Department, Islamabad has seized 24 different expired drugs from 05 different premises/firms during last one year.