FAISALABAD: The government has provided a Rs45 million lithotripsy machine to the Faisalabad divisional headquarters (DHQ) hospital for the treatment of kidney patients.
Law Minister Rana Sanaullah inaugurated the Sughra Niaz Urology Theatre Block on Monday at the hospital. The block also houses the new lithotripter machine.
MPAs Haji Khalid Saeed, Begum Najma Afzal, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal, Punjab Medical College (PMC) Principal Alfareed Zafar, Allied Hospital Urology Department head Safdar Sayal, DHQ and Allied Hospitals’ Medical Superintendents Abdul Rauf and Rashid Maqbool and urologist Dr GM Subhani were present on the occasion.
Sanaullah said that in keeping with the chief minister’s vision, the government was focusing on the provision of healthcare facilities to people at their doorsteps. “Billions of rupees is being spent on upgrading health facilities and provision of machinery,” he said.
The minister said that the provision of the lithotripsy machine was important for providing treatment facilities to patients who had kidney stones.
He said that the chief minister had provided Rs80 million to the Faisalabad DHQ hospital for providing dialysis facilities to kidney patients. “Rs200 million was provided earlier for infrastructure development and purchase of equipment for the hospital,” he said.
Mengal said that the district administration had started a number of projects in the health sector for the establishment of specialised health institutions. “Establishment of a cancer hospital, a gynecology institute, a blood transfusion centre, an eye hospital and an orthopedic hospital are also under consideration,” he said.
Dr Zafar thanked the government and district administration for extending full support for up-gradation of government hospitals in Faisalabad. “Currently, 56 dialysis machines are working at the Allied and DHQ hospitals. Free-of-charge treatment is being provided to kidney patients in two shifts,” he said.
He said the 100-bed kidney centre had been established at a cost of Rs170 million. “Three water filtration plants have also been installed at the centre for providing safe drinking water to patients,” he said.
Allied Hospital Urology Ward in charge Safdar Sayal said that the ward was biggest of its kind in the Punjab. “Efforts are being made for starting kidney transplant operations here,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2016.