A dialysis centre for the poor and deserving kidney patients started functioning here in Iqbal Nagar locality. The centre has been set up in the building of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation's Liver and Cardiac Hospital here.

Initially, six dialysis machine will function which will be increased to 10 in the future.

The centre has been established by Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation in collaboration with ChenOne international stores chain.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Pakistani-American Nephrologist Dr Shafiq Cheema said that he saw such high number of kidney patients in just one year in Pakistan which he never saw during his 16 years service in America. He announced donation of Rs1.5 million for the centre and promised to supervise the centre.

KKF chief Mian Kashif Ashfaq informed that Rs30 million would be spent on the provision of 10 dialysis machines to the centre out of which six machines have started functioning. Known industrialist Mian Muhammad Latif announced that all deserving patients would be given free of cost all treatment in the centre for which share of the centre had been put in his industrial units to meet its expenditure.

Former district nazim Chaudhry Muhammad Ashfaq and newly-elected DBA President Mian Farrukh Iqbal also spoke on the occasion.