LAHORE, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed to bring facilities at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) as per international standards and provide free treatment to at least 50% of the poor patients there.
While chairing a review meeting of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) in Lahore, the prime minister said that the existing facilities being provided to the patients in PKLI are unsatisfactory, and directed the Chief Secretary Punjab to present a strategy within three days to make the Institute financially autonomous.
On reaching Lahore after his visits to Saudi Arabia & UAE, PM Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting on administrative affairs of Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute. He directed for preparation of a plan for financial autonomy & providing free medical facility to 50% poor patients pic.twitter.com/VMWuLZYzRm
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The prime minister said that the purpose of PKLI was to provide free transplant facilities to the poor and needy people of the Country so that they do not have to go to other Countries for treatment at hafety cost. He said that patients should not be deprived of treatment for financial reasons.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the poor of the Country have problems in accessing quality healthcare facilities and the provision of free world-class facilities to them is the top priority of the incumbent government.
The prime minister also directed to make Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) a trust.
The prime minister also directed to complete the project of Nursing University at the earliest and said that the sanitation system of PKLI should be outsourced if there is a requirement to bring PKLI’s sanitation in line with international standards.
In the meeting, the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on administrative matters of PKLI.
It was informed that in the last year, 290 kidney transplants and 190 liver transplants were done out of which only 17 perrcent of these patients were received free treatment. He was also apprised about progress on the Nursing project.