LAHORE - Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that government has allotted 50 acre land on Badian Road for construction of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) of international standard.

Chairing a meeting of Provincial Steering Committee for construction of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute at Civil Secretariat on Tuesday, he said that 20 acre land has also been allocated for construction of cancer hospital alongside kidney center.

Secretary Health Punjab Jawad Rafiq Malik, Member Board of Governors PKLI Sheikh Ameen, senior officers of P&D, Finance, Higher Education, Housing & Urban Development Departments, LDA, LESCO, Sui Northern Gas and C&W attended the meeting. The meeting decided that Steering Committee will visit site within next few days and after that a technical committee will be constituted.

The meeting decided to immediately take steps for external development at the site which included construction of roads, sewerage system, setting up of grid station and landscaping.

Kh Salman said that a separate master plan of 50 acre land would be made keeping in view the requirements of Kidney and Liver Institute.

The secretary health directed setting up container office at the site so that all concerned departments could hold their meetings in connection with construction of building.

UHS fills vacant posts:

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has made appointments against various vacant positions.

Dr Naseem Saud Ahmad has been appointed as professor of pharmacology. He has more than 27 years of experience in teaching and research at various institutes including Army Medical College Rawalpindi and PGMI, Lahore.

Dr Amina Ahmad has joined as Associate Professor in Medical Education.

She is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore and did her MPhil in Education from University of Cambridge, UK, in 2004. She was working as Associate Professor Medical Education at College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan before joining the university.

UHS has also appointed Muhammad Asif Munir as the librarian of the university. He was earlier working as the chief librarian of Sukkur Institute of Business Administration. He has more than 11-year experience is managing library affairs at various national and international institutes.

Dr Amara Gul, a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, UK, has been appointed as assistant professor of Behavioural Sciences. She has also been given the charge of UHS Counselling Cell.

Dr Arfan Ahmad has been appointed as assistant professor in Allied Health Sciences department. He is a PhD in Medical Molecular Microbiology from Karolinska Institute Stockholm Sweden. His expertise is in bacterial gene manipulations and genetic engineering expression and purification of proteins and antibodies and investigation of microbial biofilms. He has been appointed under Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs programme of HEC.