Central modern lab to be set up in Lahore

LAHORE: Secretary Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah has said that a state-of-the-art central lab will be established in the city for which services of international institutions will be hired and international tenders will be invited soon.

He stated this during a meeting, chaired by Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafiq to discuss the projects of setting up of the central lab in Lahore with the Ghazi Group and EMSEY Hospital Ankara, Turkey, here in Lahore.

Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Rashid Zia, Medical Superintendent Jinnah Hospital Dr Sohail Saqlain, consultant Health Department, Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Dr Yaddullah, representatives from Ghazi

Group Mehmet Dal, H Alp Yarpuz, Neslihan Dal and Dr Jihad Mahli, Murat Bultek and Murat Tutuncu of Emsey Hospital, Ankara and Turkish Consultant

of Health Department Punjab Dr Hassan Kagil and other officers of Health Department Punjab were also present in the meeting.

The deliberations were made on the project by Minister Kh Salman Rafiq and Secretary Health Najam Ahmed Shah with the Turkish groups.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that the basic objective for setting up a state-of-the-art central lab is to provide high standard diagnostic and treatment facilities to the patients. He further said that pathological services would be out-sourced. However, this facility would be provided to

the poor and deserving patients free of cost according to the policy of Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that different options are under consideration for establishing the laboratory including construction of purpose-built building for the lab at an open place and hiring of a building for the laboratory. He said that both options were being discussed and decision would be made according to the recommendations of the technical experts.

Secretary Specialized Healthcare, while talking to the Turkish experts, said that the Punjab government would employ a transparent process for pre-qualification of the firms and international tenders would be invited soon for awarding the contract of the project.