First phase of PKLI to be operational by December

LAHORE:Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique has said that first phase of Pakistan Kidney & Liver Transplantation and Research Institute (PKLI) will be functional by the end of December 2017.

He stated this while presiding over a meeting in the PKLI Secretariat to review the progress on the project and other matters related to hiring of surgeons, physicians and paramedics for the institution, here Thursday.

He said that PKLI was being established at a cost of Rs 20 billion, it would be a state of the art and international standards’ health institution which was a dream of the Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif.

Khawaja Salman Rafique further said that free treatment as well as transplantation facilities would be extended to the poor patients of liver and kidney diseases.

President PKLI Dr. Saeed Akhtar informed that the services of highly qualified surgeons and other consultants are being hired from America and other countries. He said that these doctors would be offered market based, incentivized pay package.

He was of the view that treatment and transplantation facilities would also be offered to the rich and resourceful people to generate financial resources for the institute. He said that these resources would be spent on the poor patients.

Dr. Saeed Akhtar further said that as desired by the Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif, PKLI would be a poor friendly institution. He said that PKLI is the name of mission and basic objective is to protect the lives of poor and hand to mouth patients suffering from liver and kidney diseases. Disease and poverty make the people helpless and PKLI would help such vulnerable segment of the society.

Director General Punjab Human Organs Transplant Authority Prof. Faisal Masood, Additional Secretary Development Shahid-ur-Rehman and others attended the meeting.