District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal on Friday was appointed project director Children Hospital Faisalabad by the Punjab government to expedite execution of the project.
The DCO visited the site at Jhang Road and reviewed the construction work.
Later, he received a briefing about the project. Addressing a meeting, he said the 1,000-bed hospital would be the biggest children hospital in the country.
He said the hospital would be completed in one year, instead of the originally-planned two years.
He directed the Buildings Department to finish the construction quickly. He said workers should be divided in three shifts to complete the work as soon as possible.
He said he should be informed immediately in case of an administrative or technical problem at the hospital.
He said Rs1 billion had been released by the Finance Department for the construction of the emergency block and out patients department.
Children Hospital Project Coordinator Hafiz Mukhtar Randhawa said a section of the hospital housing 600 beds would be completed in the first phase at a cost of Rs3.3 billion.
He said the hospital would cater to the medical needs of children of Faisalabad and Sargodha. He said services in 20 specialties would be available at the hospital, including general surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, medicine, gastroenterology, haematology, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, development diseases, physiotherapy and speech therapy.
He said the hospital would eventually get the status of an institute of child heath for post graduate training. He said several health projects had been planned by the government which would be implemented soon.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2014.