ISLAMABAD-State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan on Friday informed the Senate that no big hospital has been established in the federal capital for last 25-30 years after Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Responding to various supplementary questions during Question Hour, the minister said there was dire need of setting up another big hospital in public sector. 

Many patients from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab also regularly visit public sector hospitals in the federal capital, he added.

He said Establishment of Islamabad General Hospital at Tarlai was approved by CDWP at total cost of Rs2,499.993 million. Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) approved grant assistance of Rs.75,000,000 (Equivalent to Rs2,000 million) for this project, he added. 

The minister said that such hospital was expected to be completed by June 2019 where the construction work was started from the boundary wall by PWD in October 2016, but due to litigation by some local land mafia it was delayed for two years. 

Presently, the boundary wall was complete, the approach roads from the Lehtrar Road and Park Road are also complete while gates are installed, all work was done through GOP funds of the project amount, he said. 

To another question, Ali Muhammad Khan said out of total 302,424 Coronavirus patients, as many as 290,261 Coronavirus patients have been recovered so far.

He said effective steps were taken to control the pandemic which was also acknowledged worldwide. 

Paying tributes to doctors and paramedic staff, the minister said that they did wonderful job during the pandemic despite limited resources.

He said international institutions were doing research to control the pandemic while our own scientists and institutions were also carrying out research to prepare vaccine in this regard.

The minister said assistance was provided to 10.6 million families under Ehsas Programme during COVID-19 adding that more share was given to Sindh province than its specified ratio during the pandemic.

To a separate question, the minister said Drug Control Section of the Health Department, Islamabad has seized 24 different expired drugs from five different premises/firms during last one year.