Setup of bone-marrow transplant facility: PHC directs federation to support

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan remarked that government shall establish state of art hospitals of bone-marrow and Thalassemia in all provinces because every child is nation’s asset, on Wednesday.
A divisional bench of PHC comprising of Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid and Justice Faheem Wali hearing writ petition of minor thalassemia patient while Additional Advocate General Syed Sikandar Shah, focal person and special secretary health Farooq Jamil, Joint Secretary Finance and counsel for petitioner Taif Khan Advocate appeared before court.
During hearing Chief Justice inquired from special secretary health regarding progress on the writ, however, the focal person informed that he has discussed petitioner’s disease with high class professional across Pakistan and added that the treatment can be done by two-ways in which bone-marrow is efficient.
The special secretary health further added that the patient marrow matches up to 50 % with donor while its risk leads to fatality that’s why it is better to hold the petitioner on blood-transfusion till 10 year of age then the success ratio shall be improved.
The special secretary informed that in 2014 a project had initiated for establishment of liver transplant center at Khyber Medical University at estimated cost of Rs,950 Million while 64% developmental works have been completed but federal government did not releasing remaining Rs,505 million for the project. The focal person Farooq Jamil further claimed that due to inflation revise estimated cost of Rs,1850 Million has put before competent authorities which is still pending and added that bone-morrow transplant facility shall also be established in the Live Transplant Center.
Moreover, Joint Secretary Finance informed that provinces are already directed to forward such projects through Planning and Development, however, chief justice remarked that court is directing you on the spot to support such initiatives because it will not only facilitate one child but it shall benefit hundreds of thousand patients.
The divisional bench directed focal person assist patient’s parents in provision of blood until his treatment and adjourned further hearing till 30 March.