LAHORE -  A meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute was held here on Sunday under Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to discuss progress on the project and other important matters.

The meeting expressed satisfaction at the recruitment of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for the project. Addressing the meeting, Sharif said the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute was a great project and it should be completed in time. He said that kidney and liver patients would get free treatment and this project would become a model project not only in Pakistan but in the entire region. He said the Punjab government was spending Rs19 billion on this project; therefore, its completion on time should be top priority. He said such a project of great significance had never been launched in the history of Pakistan for the patients of kidney and liver diseases. He said that recruitments for the institute were being made on merit. He said the culture, which would be introduced at the institute, would be replicated at other public hospitals of the province; therefore, a comprehensive plan should be finalised for this purpose. He said nobody would be allowed to create hurdles in the way of this hospital. He said the agenda of service to the humanity was being advanced and “we should work as a team for completion of this agenda”. He said this institute would become a centre of excellence is Asia. He said six hepatitis clinics had been set up in the province and more would be established soon. He said hepatitis patients would benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at these hepatitis clinics.

Board of Governors President Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar gave a briefing on the project. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Saeed Akhatar said a long distance had been covered in a short time. He said the chief minister had extended his support at every step and all recruitments had been made on merit.

Provincial ministers Khawaja Salman Rafique, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Adviser Dr Umar Saif, chief secretary, chairman of P&D, secretary for specialised healthcare and medical education and members of the Board of Governors were also present.

Separately, Lord Nazeer Ahmed called on Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Sharif said the PML-N government was serving the nation and it was committed to progress and development in the country. He said that solid policies of the PML-N government were producing fruit. He said that people had rejected those who tried to obstruct progress and development in the country. He said the PML-N believed in politics of public service and the next generations would be given a Pakistan free of politics of allegations and lies. He said that Pakistan of 2017 was secure, peaceful and developed compared to the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Lord Nazeer said to the chief minister, “We praise your hard work. You have introduced a new culture of hard work and public service.” He said that Punjab had made progress in several sectors. Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Commissioner Afzal Bhatti was also present on the occasion.

Also, the chief minister held a meeting with parliamentarian from Muzaffargarh, Sultan Mehmud Hinjra. Talking to him, Sharif said the measures taken by the PML-N government for progress and development were producing results. He said whenever PML-N came to power it served the public with constructive thinking and patriotism. He said the PML-N did not believe in politics of lies and allegations, and all promises of public service had been honoured. He said a new history of hard work, honesty and struggle had been written with regard to completion of projects. He said that measures taken by this government had no parallel in the 70-year history of Pakistan.

Also, the chief minister expressed grief and sorrow over the death of poet and prose writer Mashkoor Hussain Yaad. In his condolence message, the chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to face this loss with fortitude. He said services of Yaad for the promotion of Urdu literature and language would be remembered for a long time.