Karachi: The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain has inaugurated the ground breaking ceremony of the expansion plan of The Indus Hospital, at the Governor House here.
Pakistan desperately needs to develop a growing socio-economic system to meet the needs of the people and provide them with their basic rights like quality healthcare. With growing inflation, lack of resources and expensive health treatments, a major fraction of our society stays unattended because they cannot afford quality care. In these circumstances, The Indus Hospital is providing state-of-the-art treatment, free of cost, to these people.
Because of the growing need of such a healthcare facility, The Indus Hospital is now on a path of expansion from 150 beds to more than 1500 beds.
The Ground Breaking ceremony of the expansion plan of The Indus Hospital was held at the Governor House, in which the President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, inaugurated the project.
President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan is a developing country with lots of needs and requirements. From poverty to illiteracy and from low productivity in economy to poor health sector, Pakistan desperately needs to develop a growing socio-economic system to meet the needs of the people and provide them with their basic rights. While the State is responsible for creating a healthy political, social and economic environment conducive for development, the civil society can play an important role in ensuring its efficient functioning.
He said that The Indus Hospital is sharing our responsibility and playing its part in the growth of the country. “I strongly feel that we should be supporting Indus by offering them tax and duty exemption status. This will help the management utilize all their resources for the treatment of millions of patients and ensure that a larger number of citizens can benefit from the tertiary care facility.”
President also asked people to support The Indus Hospital Expansion Project and extended his help in every possible manner saying that it will be an honour for him to share their mission of establishing Pakistan biggest and finest healthcare center.
President said that the magnitude of work being done by the Indus team in healthcare sector is commendable. Directly benefitting over 1.5 million patients at an operational expenditure of over Rs. 3 billion over the last six years speaks of the scale and cost-effectiveness with which Indus has been able to support the government and share its responsibility of providing quality healthcare, free of cost, to the less privileged people.
A ceremony was also held at The Indus Hospital the same day in which Dr. Abdul Bari, CEO of The Indus Hospital, informed that the facility is one of Pakistan’s biggest free healthcare providers. Currently it has 150 beds and with the completion of its expansion project, it would be converted into a 1500 bedded hospital. He informed that hospital’s current 9 bedded emergency would be turned into a 104 bedded emergency and current ability to cater 1000 outdoor patients would be increased to 5500 patients per day.
Tariq Alexander Qaiser, the principal architect of The Indus Hospital, informed about the expansion project in detail. He informed that after expansion The Indus Hospital would be able to expand the magnitude of services that will include Gynaecology, Neurology and Oncology as part of hospital’s services to cater to the needs of a larger number of people who cannot afford Quality healthcare.
The Indus Hospital will also start up its dental department and a complete Medical University too in its 2nd and 3rd phase. “We are confident to complete the hospital within the next 10 years and it requires an approximate help of PKR 50 billion from the supporters of ‘quality care – free of cost’.
After that, CPG, Singaporean company behind the designing of the expansion project, presented the vision and the thought process involved in the designing of the hospital. With The Indus Hospital Expansion Project, they have not just designed a hospital but have put in their energies to develop an eco-friendly and patient centric healthcare facility.
In the end, Dr. Zafar Zaidi, Director Medical Services at The Indus Hospital, presented the vote of thanks.
He said since The Indus Hospital has been providing quality healthcare to the people for so long, the patient inflow has increased considerably. In these circumstances, the only way to accommodate and cater to the rising number of patients on the daily basis is to expand and introduce new blocks in the hospital.
He also thanked everyone for their support throughout because of which the hospital has been able to benefit more than 1.5 million patients, absolutely free of cost.
The Indus Hospital currently houses a number of fully functional specialties, including invasive cardiology, cardiac surgery, nephrology, dialysis, orthopaedics, joint replacements, rheumatology, general family medicine and infectious disease clinics for TB, HIV and Rabies. Another of its unique features is the use of GPRS technology that helps to locate and treat people in remote communities around the country.