islamabad - Citizens yesterday demanded to initiate the long-awaited extension project of Federal Government Polyclinic (FGPC) hospital early.

According to them, the ministry should gear up efforts to start work on the project as the existing infrastructure of the hospital couldn’t handle the patients’ load. They said that being the second major hospital of the federal capital, all major medical expertise and equipment were required in the hospital, but this would only possible when the extension projects was started.

They said that existing space of the hospital was already congested and there was no place for any further addition of any service.” It would be better to focus on extension plan rather renovating existing old building of the hospital.”

Zahid Majeed, a citizen said that allocating further amount on renovation of old building of the hospital was just wastage of money as the existing building couldn’t cater the needs of the patients. He asked the quarters concerned for early start of the extension project so that the incoming patients could get better services.

Another citizen, Akhtar Amin said that extension of the hospital was the need of the hour as the hospital was located in the centre of the city and there was heavy load of patients. He questioned, “If piece of load was allocated and possession of the land was taken from CDA then what further requirement is needed for start of the project.” He said that the extension plan would provide best medical facilities to the people.

When contacted, an official of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) said that the government was seriously working on the extension of Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital and for the said purpose a land piece of 2.54 acres adjacent to FGPC has been allocated.

He added possession of the land has been taken from Capital Development Authority (CDA) and now feasibility study would be started soon and construction of new building would be started accordingly. The official said that after the said construction the bed capacity would be increased from 545 existing to 1100 and allocation of Rs. 100 million as token allocation had been made in the PSDP of current financial year (2016-17).

He said that the whole outdoor patient and emergency departments would also be shifted to the new block in Argentine Park. Under the extension plan, the hospital would have management information system, critical care services, clinical departments, latest diagnostic facilities, specialized tertiary care and fully computerized investigation system.

He said that the project also envisaged neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, MRI and a state-of-the-art operation theatre. He said the project would have supported emergency services, besides facilities for the disabled and senior citizens.

 He said the construction at the site of the current hospital would continue in phase-wise so that hospital working might not be affected at any stage.

A car parking place for hospital’s vehicles would be arranged in the basement while the visitors parking would be within the boundary walls.