IKD to be given independent health entity status

Peshawar: The provincial government has decided to give independent status to kidney Disease Institute in Hayatabad presently working under Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar as well as constitutes an autonomous board to run the affairs of the institute in order to turn it into a full fledge and vibrant medical institution. This was decided in a meeting held here with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak in the chair.

The authorities concerned were directed for all necessary steps to ensure the provision of all the treatment facilities of Kidney diseases including transplantation, dialysis, urology and nephrology and ensured requisite medical staff as per SNE.

Provincial Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai, Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs Rafaqatullah Baber, MNA Shehryar Afridi, Director Institute of Kidney Diseases Prof. Asif Malik and other concerned quarters attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister clearly directed the concerned authorities to streamline the kidney centre on modern pattern and equip it with all the necessary facilities for the treatment of all types of kidney disease so that the poor people of the province did not bother to travel out of the province for the complicated and lengthy treatments of such diseases and bear heavy expenses incurring on the treatment. He asked that all the available resources should be utilized for strengthening the Kidney Centre and the deficiency of funds would not be let hamper the matter.

He noted with concern that due to non existence of a proper institution for the treatment of Kidney related diseases in the province, people have to travel to Karachi and other big cities of the country for treatment purpose which is not only bothersome but unaffordable for the poor; stated the Chief Minister adding that the incumbent provincial government is committed to provide all the basic facilities of health care to the people at their door steps; and as such all measures will be taken to strengthen, streamline, expand and modernize the IKD to cater for the needs of the province.

Mr. Khattak revealed that the provincial cabinet had approved Medical Transplantation Regulatory Bill and the same would soon be enacted after getting it passed in the provincial assembly to give legal cover to medical transplantations including that of kidneys too.

He took serious notice of the non-availability of Gamma Camera, very important equipment for the treatment of Kidney Disease in the provincial metropolis and directed the authorities concerned to make arrangement for the said apparatus and to install it in any tertiary hospital of the city on emergency footing. He also took strong exception of the absence of the staff at

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