Healthcare : PM gives nod for setting up NUMS Medical City

Promises support from federal govt for expansion and relocation of the university

Shahzad Anwar April 06, 2018
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today approved, in principle, the establishment of NUMS Medical City in the federal capital for the purpose of further strengthening provision of quality healthcare facilities to the residents of twin cities. The medical city is to be set up in order to address the growing healthcare needs of the people of Islamabad and its surrounding areas.

The proposed Medical City would be set-up with relocation and expansion of the existing National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS).

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today approved, in principle, the establishment of NUMS Medical City in the Federal Capital, the purpose of the initiative being to strengthen the delivery of quality health care facilities to residents of the twin cities.

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The decision was taken during a briefing by Vice Chancellor National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Lt Gen Syed Imran Majeed at Prime Minister’s Office Islamabad.

As per the plan, approved by the Prime Minister, the proposed updated medical facility would comprise of 4,000 beds in the first phase which would be further enhanced to 9,000 beds in due course. The city would cater to 270,000 in-patients and 5,000,000 outdoor patients.

The proposed medical facility would also undertake research on the local production of active pharmaceuticals, vaccines and anti-sera, drugs standardizations.

It will also include an organ transplant centre, medical college, nursing college among other medical facilities.

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The Prime Minister also promised that the Federal Government will contribute financially in the development of Medical City. He further expressed his appreciation for the Vice Chancellor NUMS and his team for their idea and efforts for the establishment of Medical City.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) during the fifth board meeting, on Wednesday approved the allotment of the entire I-17 sector to the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) to establish a medical city along with land allotment for the establishment of the National Institute of Human Rights in the federal capital.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), capital’s largest hospital, spans over entire sub-sector of G-8/3.

NUMS was established as a federal public sector university through an Act of Parliament in October 2015. President is the chancellor of the university and the Chief of the Army Staff is the pro-chancellor.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2018.


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