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Minister urges authorities concerned to expedite projects in PIMS.

ISLAMABAD -- State Minister of Capital Administration & Development Division Barrister Usman Ibrahim has directed the officials to expedite the project of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Chairing a meeting at CADD, he said they cannot delay this project anymore as bone marrow transplant is one of the essential modalities and in some cases, the only curative treatment for blood diseases, including thalassaemia and leukaemia. Further he added that getting new and modern equipments, replacing the obsolete equipments, hiring qualified medical staff and doctors, along with the space/land for the centre is our first priority.

The total cost of the project is Rs. 175 million, Rs. 100 million would be funded by the Italian government and rest of the amount would be funded by the Government of Pakistan. Minister of State has directed the officials to make the summary and get it approved from the Planning Commission as soon as possible.

Initial PCI which was of Rs. 43.344 million and under implementation, would be revised as well. The project was approved for a period of 12 months and started in the fiscal year 20132014. Initially Rs 10 million was released by the Planning Commission and later Rs. 33.344 million for the year of 20142015 and equipment of worth Rs. 10 million has already been procured, said the state minister.

Minister of State said that PIMS BMT unit is the only public tertiary care hospital which is providing bone marrow transplantation to the underprivileged people all over Pakistan. But the BMT is only capable of doing 30 transplants per year, hence the capacity issue.

Besides PIMS there are only three private health institutes which are offering bone marrow transplant in the country, namely; Armed Forces Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Rawalpindi, while the others are on National Institute of Blood Diseases and Agha Khan University Hospital in Karachi. There is no public health institute to offer this facility so making this centre a part of PIMS would be a sigh of relief for the masses as Bone marrow transplant is an extremely expensive treatment.

Minister of state elaborated that the proposed facility will increase capacity of transplant unit to 100 transplants/year and consultancy, transfusions and preventions to 30000 patients/annum. Moreover accreditation, research and post graduate trainings would also be conducted in this centre. Meeting was attended by the Vice Chancellor SZBU, Joint Secretary Health CADD, and Director General Development CADD.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 31, 2014
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