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Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit capacity to be enhanced: Dr Yasmin.

LAHORE -- Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid has assured that the Punjab government would take every possible step to enhance the capacity of Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at Children's Hospital.

The facility would also be provided in Bahawalpur and Multan on fast-track basis, she added.

Addressing a ceremony arranged in connection with successful bone transplantation of 10 children at the hospital, she said the dream of conducting bone marrow transplantation had come true due to efforts of all concerned.

'Last year, it was mere a dream to conduct bone marrow transplantation at Children's Hospital, but today it has become a reality,' added the minister.

While appreciating the role of Professor Masood Sadiq, she also noted that the Bone Marrow Unit had successfully developed 'Zero Bacteria' environment, which was necessary for patients.

She also assured that the Punjab government would consider Rs300 million additional grant for Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit and Cancer Research Centre at Children's Hospital. 'Project of 70 beds under construction Bone Marrow Unit at Bahawalpur and a small unit at Multan would be focused and completed,' she announced.

Secretary Health Saqib Zaffer and Dean Children's Hospital Professor Masood Sadiq were also present.

Punjab Health Secretary Saqib Zaffer appreciated the success in the field of bone marrow transplantation and said: 'Average cost of every case was Rs1.5 million to 2 million but not a single penny was charged from any patient'.

He also thanked philanthropists for becoming a helping hand for treatment of the poor patients.

Professor Masood Sadiq reiterated the need for expansion of the Bone Marrow Unit and Cancer Research Centre. 'Presently this unit has capacity of 20 operations yearly, but if the government provides an additional grant, this capacity could be increased,' added the dean.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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