SSDO launches campaign for completion of Mother, Child Hospital

RAWALPINDI: Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) has launched a campaign for completion of Mother and Child care hospital launched here in Bagh Sardaran in 2007.

Executive Director, SSDO Syed Kausar Abbas talking to media persons Thursday said SSDO had launched a community level campaign for completion of specialized women hospital in Rawalpindi which was incomplete despite spending an amount of Rs1.5 billion from the national exchequer.

The project was initiated in 2007 but could not be completed and handed over to the next government in 2008.

He said as per government statistics the total approved cost of the project was Rs1325.044 million in 2007 and increased to Rs3311 million in 2008, which had now increased four times due to inflation.

Kausar Abbas informed that main building was 70% complete and the structure of main building had been completed except fourth floor. Chest Disease center OPD was 98 % complete. Apartments of staff of A category were 100% complete while apartments of B category were 66 % complete. Doctors hostel was 78% complete. Nurses hostel was 22% complete. Mosque project was totally completed, he added.

The statistics of completion report showed that minor construction work remains while major work of equipment installation needs attention of the federal and provincial governments to allocate funds on urgent basis for completion of the hospital.

Kausar said, this was the only project launched in the city to provide healthcare facilities particularly to mothers and children.

He said, SSDO had launched a campaign with the help of local communities, political stakeholders and media to raise the demand for completion of the project.

He urged the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif to take immediate notice and allocate funds for completion of the hospital.