PESHAWAR: A cancer patient on Tuesday inaugurated the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Peshawar.
Faakhir Afridi inaugurated the hospital with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan and several others in attendance.
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Addressing the ceremony, Imran Khan said the establishment of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was one of his biggest dreams. "This hospital will not only provide state-of-the-art facilities to the residents of K-P but also to the people of remote areas of the country," the PTI chairman said.
"Nothing is impossible to achieve if one works with dedication and a goal in mind," he added.
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Imran Khan further recalled the difficulties he faced while collecting funds when he initially decided to build the hospital. "I approached government officials for a cancer hospital that I wished to establish for the free treatment of the poor and while some refused to help, others said permission for free treatment would not be given," he said.
Last week, Ajmal Khan, the facility’s fundraising manager told The Express Tribune Rs3.2 billion has been spent on the construction of the eight-storey building.
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He added the chemotherapy faculty was set up in the first phase to treat patients in the initial stages of cancer. According to Ajmal, cancer radiation therapy would be set up in the second phase and surgery facilities will be established in the third phase. He said another Rs4 billion would be needed to complete the second and third phases.
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