Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shaukat Ali Yousafzai laid the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Bio Safety Level-III laboratory as well as a regional blood centre (RBC) at Hayatabad Medical Complex on Monday.
Both initiatives are being supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Development Bank (KFW). The blood centre will add to nine other blood centres to meet the needs of six major state-run hospitals. The bio-safety lab will be an advanced diagnostic facility for TB patients in the province where a wide range of tests, including drug susceptibility testing (DST) among others, will be performed.
“The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government believes in adopting innovative means and methods to effectively control diseases in the province by utilising advanced scientific methods. Controlling TB is one of those efforts, which is a priority for our government,” said Yousafzai.
People will have access to a standardised safe blood transfusion system once the lab is constructed, which is expected to be completed by mid-2014.
Health Secretary Dr Fakhar-e-Alam stressed on the need for advanced scientific solutions to meet the emerging challenges of TB.
Dr Stefan Oswald, the division head for Afghanistan and Pakistan at BMZ, reaffirmed the commitment of the German government to improve healthcare services and quality of lives in Pakistan, particularly K-P. Oswald appreciated the efforts of the K-P health department and hoped Germany’s support will improve healthcare in
Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2013.