Islamabad to get two new health centers after 37 years – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: After a 37-year hiatus, two health centers will be established in the federal capital as Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for a 200-bed emergency and trauma center at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and a 300-bed hospital center at G-11 Monday.

Both buildings will be built by Chinese companies. The emergency center will be completed in two years while the hospital will be built in 30 months.

Addressing those attending the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that shortly after taking over as head of government, he visited the emergency center in Pims.

“There are a number of departments that worked well, but the emergency center was in very poor condition. Now a new emergency center is being built and the design has been prepared by the same company that designed the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Overseas Pakistanis paid for the design of the emergency centre,” Prime Minister Khan said.

Prime Minister lays foundation stone for Pims Trauma Center, G-11 Hospital

“We want the emergency center to have a specialized building for emergency patients. The other hospital, which will be called Jinnah Hospital in G-11, has been under construction for a long time. People should know that since 2010, the population of Islamabad has doubled,” he said, adding that architectural drawings for the building are being prepared from the United States.

Talking about the health card, Mr Khan said it was the government’s greatest achievement.

“Even in advanced countries, people have to pay a premium for the card, but we have provided the facility for free. Here, if one family member gets sick, the whole family falls below the poverty line,” said said the Prime Minister, adding that a month ago Doctors Hospital operated on a worker’s heart using his health card.

He said a uniform system of education was applied across the country to discourage the class system.

Talking about the management of the hospital, PM Khan suggested that the affairs of the hospital should be managed in a transparent manner as it was done in private hospitals.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, said the first hospital was built in Islamabad in 1966 and the last was built in 1985 when Pims was established.

“We have enormous patient pressure on the city’s healthcare system. Urgency comes first through the patient and plays a major role in creating an image of the hospital. The emergency will be a center without precedent. Moreover, the G-11 hospital will also be a relief for the patients,” he said.

Speaking to Dawn, Pims director Dr Khalid Masood said the emergency center would be built in two years while the G-11 hospital would be built in 30 months.

The emergency center building will have three floors and a parking lot with a capacity of 400 vehicles. While sharing details of the emergency and trauma center, Dr. Masood said the center and parking spot would be built on 6.5 acres.

“There will be four operating theaters or surgery centers, an acute care center, isolation rooms, a pharmacy, a central sterile goods supply service (CSSD), a laundry, a CT scan facility, a waiting room and environmental services,” Dr Masood said.

Posted in Dawn, March 22, 2022