Punjab Chief Minister inspects Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute immediately after his return from Saudi Arabia

Lahore, January 02, 2018 (PPI-OT):Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute (PKLI) immediately after his return from Saudi Arabia today. He went to different sections and inspected various facilities being provided to the patients there. He also inquired after the health of the patients about the medical facilities provided to them. The patients thanked the Chief Minister for this wonderful facility.

The patients coming from Lahore, Mandi Bahauddin, Kasur and other districts, said that they have been treated well here. The Chief Minister also talked with doctors, nurses and the paramedical staff and said that this institution will emerge as a state-of-the-art facility for the treatment of ailing humanity and advised them to serve the patients with commitment and passion. He appreciated the strong passion of doctors, surgeons and physicians who have had left their lucrative jobs abroad to join the PKLI and added that this noble passion is praiseworthy.

The Chief Minister also presided over a meeting which held in the hospital to review the timeline for the completion of leftover assignments of the first phase. He issued necessary directions for early completion of the second phase. He said the Punjab government, PKLI and the Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab have jointly performed this job and the first phase has been completed well in time due to the hard work of all the people attached with this project.

Now you have to complete the second phase with same hard work and commitment. I have come straight to the hospital after my return from Saudi Arabia so that I could personally monitor the quality of medical facilities here and I am quite satisfied that doctors and nurses have been working with commitment and passion. He directed that electricity failure should not occur at all and alternate arrangements should be maintained.

The steering committee should personally manage all the steps needed for it. He directed that midnight oil should be burnt for the completion of second phase and complete attention should be paid to cleanliness. While talking to the media, the Chief Minister said that this hospital would emerge as a role model institution in the region and the first phase has been completed by doing work on it day and night. After my visit to Saudi Arabia, I have come directly to the hospital and have held a meeting to review the ongoing assignments of the hospital.

Best medical facilities are being provided to the patients and I am happy to see doctors and other staff fully engaged in service of ailing humanity. The leftover assignments of the first phase will be operationlized soon while the second phase will be completed by March 23rd. We are trying to start the kidney transplant from this month while the liver transplant will be started from March. The Chief Minister said that deserving patients from across the country will be treated free of cost and Punjab government will bear the expenses of such patients who will not have to pay for transplant, medicines or the tests.

The Punjab government has spent more than Rs. 1.5 billion on the treatment of deserving patients suffering from kidney and liver diseases during the last nine years. These patients were sent to China, India and other countries but now such patients will be treated in the PKLI free of cost. This is the revolution introduced by the Punjab government in the health sector. He said that second phase of the PKLI will be completed by March 23rd and after it, kidney transplant will be started here.

He expressed the satisfaction that world-class Pakistani doctors are joining the PKLI and paid tributes to their passion of public service who have given preference to serving the ailing humanity over some monitory gains. Such doctors are crowns of our heads who have trusted us. He said the PKLI is a wonderful institution having no resemblance in the past. This is the revolution needed by the people. He said Punjab government has introduced public-private partnership to run the administration of the hospitals and added that this system is being further promoted.

He said the young doctors are like his kith and kin and maintained that majority of them serve the patients whole heartedly but only a handful of them remained indulge in strikes and agitations which should overcome now. Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that Saudi Arabia is a trusted friend of Pakistan who has always sided with us in every hour of trial. The relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is very deep-rooted and both the countries trust each other.

Saudi Arabia never imposed any string and Pakistan has always fully trusted Saudi Arabia because our relationship is not imitational or traditional and both are interlinked with each other in a bond of affection and mutual trust. Saudi Arabia has always emerged as a trusting partner during every hour of trial and the Pak-Saudi friendship has always stood the test of time. Saudi Arabia has sided with Pakistan at different international fora and it has given diplomatic, moral, political and financial support to Pakistan without imposing any string.

To another question, the Chief Minister replied that his visit to Saudi Arabia is not a surprising thing; the Saudi government offered me to perform Ummrah and I am thankful that I have performed it by the grace of Almighty Allah. Saudi government has exhibited best hospitality. Replying to another question, he said that some say that I went on a special plane of Saudi Arabia, while some others are of the view that I travelled on a private plane. Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the approach road.

It was told on the occasion that Badian Road to PKLI link road will ensure easy access along with connecting the different localities. This road has been completed in a period of 20 days and is a part of the project of construction of road from Nawaz Sharif Interchange to Hadiara Road. Provincial Minister Health Kh. Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Chairman P and D, DG LDA and others were present on the occasion.

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