Trauma center project not complete in five years

Karachi: The construction work of state-of-art Benazir Bhutto Trauma Center at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) could not be completed despite the passage of five year time due to poor planning and lack of government interest.

Health Department Sindh sources said pervious provincial government had started the project in 2009 and it was supposed to be completed in 2012, but unfortunately construction work of project could not be completed in even in 2014 despite the passage of five years due the lethargy of provincial government.

They said project would be completed with cost of Rs 5 billion. They said Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre project was delayed due to shortage of funds and late release of funds which caused delay of project for more than two years.

They informed that the provincial government had given a deadline of July 2014 to project director for completing the mega project, but only 80 percent construction work has been completed so far, while the functioning of trauma center could not possible this year.

They said authorities are planning to make seven-storied trauma center building functional initially after the Eid-ul-Fitr, while the remaining part of 14-story trauma center project would be opened for public from next year after completion of construction work. They informed trauma center can house up to 500 patients.

They said that the aim of project is to provide state-of-art emergency trauma care facilities people and thousands of patients would avail the best healthcare facilities under one roof with the completion of this project in near future.

The trauma center would offer surgery, burn, eye, neuro, heart, operation theaters, mortuary, parking facility, medical stores, cafeteria, mosque and other facilities under one roof.

Medical Superintendent CHK Prof Saeed Qureshi could not be contacted for comment.

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