Islamabad: A delegation of Royal Free Hospital, London called on the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House here this morning and discussed matters to set up Liver Transplant centre at PIMS Hospital to provide best facilities for liver transplant at affordable cost to the people. The Prime Minister said that at present people have to go to foreign countries to have liver transplant which is very expensive.
The Prime Minister said that the government is working on Prevention, Control and treatment of Hepatitis on priority basis and has invested Rs 14.00 Billion. He said the establishment of Centre for Liver Diseases and Liver Transplant at PIMS is a step forward towards the achievement of this objective. He said that the Pakistani doctors have already undertaken Liver Transplant Surgery at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore, successfully and the government intend to set up fully fledged facility of Liver Transplant in Islamabad as well.
The Prime Minister directed the Capital Development and Development Division to take immediate steps for expediting the setting up of Centre for Liver Transplant at PIMS.
The Secretary, Capital Administration and Development Division apprised the meeting that at the moment treatment of Liver is underway at PIMS Hospital providing indoor and outdoor treatment including the provision of equipment, drugs and minor surgeries. He said that the Hepatitis B and C patients are provided complete set of third generation Hepatitis drugs.
Earlier, the head of the delegation of doctors assured the Prime Minister that the team is ready to help Pakistan in establishing the Liver Transplant Centre at PIMS. They expressed their satisfaction about the quality of equipment, the ongoing treatment facility for the liver disease and the civil work of the Centre.
It may be mentioned that the Royal Free Hospital, London comprising of two Surgeons, one Anaesthetist, Operation Theatre Nurse and a Team Manager is in Islamabad imparting training relating to Liver Transplantation.
The Royal Hospital’s delegation includes Director of Business Development Ms Alison Shutt, Consultant Surgeon Prof Massimo Malago, Consultant Surgeon Mr Guiseppe Fusal, Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Colin Beard, Operating Theatre Sister Angeline Shoniwa.
Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division Mr Junaid Iqbal Chaudhry, Project Director Centre for Liver Disease and Liver Transplant Unit PIMS Prof Aftab Mohsin, ED PIMS Prof Mahmood Jamal and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.
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