KARACHI: The private sector needs to be appreciated for its role in providing healthcare and educational facilities to poor and deserving people, said Jamaat-e Islami (JI) chief Munawwar Hassan at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a women’s hospital in Nazimabad.
The hospital would be an addition to the 600-bed non-profit Al-Khidmat Hospital. A blood bank was also inaugurated on the occasion.
Al-Khidmat blood project director, Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui, said that the people should not be denied healthcare even if it is beyond their financial reach. He added that nearly 70 per cent of the country’s population consists of youngsters, who should be encouraged to donate blood.
The society’s secretary, Engineer Abdul Aziz, said that the women hospital would only consist female staff members.
JI Karachi chief, Mohammad Hussain Mahenti, recalled the rescue efforts conducted by the society after the earthquake in 2005 and the floods in 2010.
While talking about the blood bank, Mahenti said, “The high number of killings and accidents in the city called for steps to be taken for the provision of blood products.” He added that no human life should be lost because of unavailability of blood or resources.
Roche Pakistan country manager, Shabbir Halai, said that his organisation would conduct the first 300 HIV tests at the blood bank.
JI Karachi general secretary hosted the ceremony which was attended by the Al-Khidmat Hospital medical superintendent Dr Kalim Khan, Umair Sana Foundation chairperson Dr Kashif Hussain Ansari and others.
Published in The Express Tribune, 25th, 2012.
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