Al-Shifa eye trust to build children’s eye hospital

The hospital’s building will be completed in two years.

Our Correspondent March 22, 2016

RAWALPINDI: The foundation stone of a children’s eye hospital will be laid next month in Rawalpindi. The Al-Shifa Eye Trust has decided to establish the hospital.

The children’s hospital will be established in the Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital.

The hospital will provide paediatric ophthalmology and surgery services.

Al-Shifa Trust President Hamid Javaid, while talking to The Express Tribune on Tuesday said that the trust would spend Rs1 billion on the project.

The president said that the trust had decided to establish the children’s hospital as the Al-Shifa Eye Hospital had been receiving a large number of children facing eye problems.

He said that the hospital would attend some 500 children every day.

Javaid added that the new hospital would also have the facility to carry out 50 surgeries every day.

He said that the trust planned to complete the building of the new hospital in two years.

Javaid said that the trust had already been running the biggest paediatric ophthalmology department in the country.

He said that the department had been receiving increasing number children with eye problems from AJK, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and even from Afghanistan.

Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology Head Dr Sorath Noorani Siddiqui said at present her department had been treating 200 children every day at the OPD.

She noted the department had scheduled paediatric ophthalmological surgeries every two days in a week.

Siddiqui noted the doctors operated upon 25 children a day. She said her department had trained pediatric ophthalmologists and state-of-the-art equipment to treat even premature babies with eye complications.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2016.


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