GUJRANWALA-Work at the 500-bed Tertiary Care Hospital, Gujranwala is underway at a brisk pace and it will be completed at a cost of Rs3.9 billion by the end of 2017, Adviser to Punjab CM on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique said.

Speaking during inspection of the under-construction Tertiary Care Hospital in Gujranwala, Mr Rafique said that the provision of best healthcare facilities to the public is the top most priority of the government for which state-of-the-art hospitals equipped with all latest facilities are being constructed across the province.

He said that Gujranwala tertiary Hospital would be another milestone in providing latest health facilities to people of Punjab.

He said that after completion, latest tertiary care facilities would be available to people of Gujranwala Division and rest of the area, which would be helpful to reduce the work load of tertiary care hospitals of Lahore.

Briefing about the under-construction project, Principal Gujranwala Medical College Prof Aftab Mohsin informed that the hospital would be a 6-story building consisting of 3-blocks and the total covered area would be 3 lakh 60 thousand square feet. He said that the hospital is spread over six acres of land.

Moreover, a separate complex for operation theatres is part of the plan which would be consisting of 10 operation theatres. He informed that the hospital would provide all tertiary care medical facilities including paeds medicines, paeds surgery, general surgery, medicines, ENT, ophthalmology, pathology labs, all diagnostic facilities, organ transplant, cardiac unit, ICU, CCU and dialysis facilities for kidney patients.

Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education (SH&ME) Najam Ahmad Shah assured that government would provide required funds for this purpose. It was informed that Rs1.4 billion would be spent on civil work while medical equipment and other diagnostic machineries worth Rs1.7 billion would be procured for the hospital.