LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting here on Saturday which discussed in detail the project of setting up of Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute and Research Centre.

President Board of Governors of Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute Dr Saeed Akhtar gave a briefing regarding progress on the project.

The state-of-the-art 750-bed institute and research centre of South Asia will be constructed at 50-acre of land at Knowledge Park, Lahore. A milestone project in public health sector will provide latest treatment facilities to kidney and liver patients under one roof. In order to provide facilities of international standards, not only highly professional staff will be recruited for this institute but they would also be imparted training from abroad.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister directed that speedy completion of the project should be ensured for which Punjab government would provide all possible cooperation. He said that there would be no compromise over the standards of project.  Shahbaz Sharif also directed the authorities to complete link roads of the institute at the earliest, saying that the steering committee headed by Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq should review the progress of the project regularly.

Dr Saeed Akhtar, while giving a briefing about the progress on the project, told the meeting that there would be the best system of guidance and shifting of the patients in the hospital. “There will be research laboratory, conference center, best security system, library in waiting area and attractive horticulture,” he added.

Dr Saeed further said that the capacity of 750-bed hospital could be increased up to 1500 beds. He said that all possible steps would be taken for early completion of the project.