Islamabad - Rawalpindi Institute of Urology and Kidney Transplantation would be inaugurated by end of April, said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi.

He said that the institute was being constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs4 billion for providing best treatment facilities to urology patients and kidney transplant. He added that the 400-bed hospital was being built on 96 kanals of land.

The government is spending huge funds for provision of quality healthcare services to the people, he added. All medical and surgical facilities would be available for kidney patients along with diagnostic facilities including MRI, CT scan and dialysis, he said.

Abbasi further said that Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif had directed the authorities concerned to accelerate work on the project so that people of Rawalpindi region could benefit from the latest health facilities. He said that on the instructions of the CM, health sector was being upgraded in the province.

He said that the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) was a gift of Punjab government to the residents of Rawalpindi and was providing treatment facilities to the patients of Rawalpindi division while 30 per cent of the patients belonged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In addition, Abbasi said that the first-ever women astro-turf hockey ground, being prepared at Viqar-un-Nisa Post Graduate College, Rawalpindi would be inaugurated by Mar 31. Abbasi is also chairman of the Steering Committee Sport Sector Development Punjab.

He said that Punjab government would complete various sports projects in different districts of the province at the total cost of Rs18 billion by end of April.

Abbasi said that Punjab government was utilising available resource for uplift projects to facilitate the residents besides constructing sports facilities in schools, colleges and on available government land so that the energies of male and female students could be channelized in a constructive way and right direction.