Islamabad - The Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital (FGPC) will soon start construction of new 600-bed multi-storey building under its extension plan to provide best medical facilities to the people. The expansion and reconstruction of the hospital project will require around Rs 4 billion while the same amount will be needed to purchase new equipment. “If Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other bodies concerned complete all codal formalities, the hospital management is ready to complete the extension project within 18 months,” FGPC Executive Director Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood said while talking to APP.

He said during the first phase of the project, the new building was proposed to be built on the recently acquired land of Argentine Park so that existing hospital could be shifted there. In the second phase, she said new blocks would be constructed at the place of existing building. Some 600 beds would be added in this phase raising the total capacity to 1,200 beds. The whole outdoor patient and emergency departments will also be shifted in the new block in Argentine Park and a new building will also replace the current hospital building.

Under the extension plan, the hospital will have management information system, critical care services, clinical departments, latest diagnostic facilities, specialized tertiary care and fully computerised investigation system.

Dr Amjad Mahmood said that the project also envisaged neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, MRI and a state-of- the-art operation theatre. He said the project would have helipad supported emergency services, besides facilities for the disabled and senior citizens.

He said the construction at the site of the current hospital would continue in phase-wise so that hospital working might not be affected at any stage. A car parking place for hospital’s vehicles would be arranged in the basement while the visitors parking would be within the boundary walls.

When contacted, an official of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) said that firms had presented details of designs for the construction of hospital building. He added the best design would be selected and final award of the contract would be done after completion of technical and financial assessment of the proposed designs according to the procedures notified by the government.

The ministry has directed the officials concerned to complete the process for design approval with minimum possible time so that actual construction work could be started, he said. He said soon the earth breaking ceremony of the project would be held.

Initially, Polyclinic Hospital was established in 1966 to cater to government servants but with the passage of time it started providing healthcare facilities to people other than government e Polyclinic extension project, shortlisted engineering and design servants, raising patient load to 8,000 patients at present. Keeping in view the increasing patients load on the existing building of the hospital the capital administration conceived the plan to extend the facility in 2008 using the park land.

As the park was named after Argentina and the country’s embassy in Islamabad had provided funds for its construction and maintenance, the Embassy of Argentina was contacted for permission to use the land.

The embassy as a goodwill gesture allowed to use the land for extension of the hospital and the then Prime Minister had also approved the proposal. On the demand of CDA, a summary was sent to the Federal Cabinet in October 2014 for its fresh approval of allocation of land. The cabinet has recently accorded its approval in this regard.