Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has appreciated the role of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Trust (SKMT) for the service of ailing humanity and treatment of the deadly disease like cancer and termed the persons attached with it as heroes and great people.
He expressed these views while talking to four-member delegation, which called on him under the leadership of Director Marketing, SKMT Tariq Azam here in Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Other members of the delegation were Regional Manager (Fund Raising) Mirza Rizwan Baig and Assistant Manager Yasir Munir while those present on the occasion included Provincial Minister for Information Shah Farman, Provincial Secretary Information PTI & Chairman DDAC Peshawar Ishtiaq Urmar. The delegation briefed the chief minister about progress on the construction of the hospital and research centre in Peshawar.
The chief minister explained that SKMT teams are collecting the prayers of the children and their families recovered due to the day-night service of the poor patients. He expressed happiness over the matter that the construction of Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Peshawar has reached to mid stage in which he said the people and provincial government will not be left behind of any one in terms of financial cooperation.
The delegation told the chief minister that construction work on cancer hospital and research centre spread on 50-kanal land was started last year and till now four floors have been completed with cost of Rs.1 billion while remaining three more storeys would be completed next year. The hospital and research centre, they said, would become fully operational by the year 2016.
The hospital to be completed at the estimated cost of Rs.3.2 billion would have 1700 doctors, technicians and other staff to be recruited from the locals. These people would be imparted special training to enable them to facilitate in the treatment and research on the complicated disease like cancer.
They said that the number of cancer patients is higher in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 32% of the patients coming to Lahore from across the country hail from this province. The matter of deep concern, they said, is that most of the patients due to poverty and expenses of travelling do not turn back for second dose after getting first doze of the treatment irrespective of the fact that treatment is free in the hospital.
They said that the construction of the hospital in Peshawar besides resolving this problem would also help to search out the causes of the rampant presence of the deadly disease in the province.
Rejecting the offer of donations’ collecting campaign on behalf of the provincial government and PTI, they said, while taking into consideration the possibilities of interference in hospital affairs and politicizing of the project they could not accept such kind of assistance.
However, they said, they accept the donations of important personalities and resourceful persons, saying procedure in this regard is formally present on the web site and pamphlets of the trust.
The chief minister said that despite the dwindling economic situation the trading community of Peshawar is anxious to participate in this welfare project. He appreciated the spirit of the team of the project. He assured that the people of the province will always pray for the team of the hospital and its founder Imran Khan.