Philanthropists urged to support Kidney transplant hospital.
LAHORE -- President,Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) Dr Saeed Akhter has called upon philanthropists to make generous donations in favour of under construction
Kidney transplant hospital,a project geared to provide free of cost treatment/transplantation from the year 2017.
Dr Saeed Akhter said this Institute became a reality with the magnanimous intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif. The building of 800 bed hospital is under construction at the Bedian road on 50 acre premisis.
President PKLI said Shahbaz Sharif made possible the construction of a non-profit,charity institute which will serve as center of excellence in Urology, Nephology, Hepatology and Transplantation-Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research center (Trust).
Talking to reporter on Tuesday, Dr Saeed Akhter said the ever increasing burden of kidney and bladder diseases, with liver diseases almost taking the form of an epidemic and the need to build a state of the art center of excellence for treatment of kidney and liver diseases,especially for the poor, was strongly felt in the country.
To another question, Dr Saeed said the sole purpose PKLI is to serve the people of Pakistan without any discrimination.
Regarding the funding, he said the project is funded by the Punjab government but philanthropists will have to come forward with their magnanimous donations to run this 800 beds facility.
There is utmost need to break the vicious circle of disease and poverty in Pakistan and it was painful to know that lack of resources had turned a curable disease into an incurable disease.It was the moment I decided to move back from the United Sates (US) where I was serving as Chairman Department of Urology, Texas University to Pakistan and serve the homeland, he recollected.
Reminiscing about his venture with Dr Nayer Mahmud at Shifa International Hospital in 2004, he said Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) was set up to deliver state of the art care in the field of urology and nephology to the underprivileged and poor but it was not sufficient a facility to cater to the needs of the kidney patients,despite the fact that 83000 patients had been treated here since 2004.
He has called upon philanthropists and generous souls to own the project and become part of it.
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|Publication:||Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Dec 9, 2015|
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