Two educational projects of setting up a veterinary university in Bahawalpur and a medical college in Bahawalnagar have been approved, disclosed a meeting.

The veterinary University will be completed at a cost of Rs56 billion while a sum of Rs300 million will be spent on Bahawalnagar Medical College. A meeting of Divisional Development Committee was supervised by Commissioner Bahawalpur Division. It was told that throughout the division, the Health Department has given approval of 11 schemes on which Rs67 billion would be spent in the current fiscal year while from the government funds, an amount of 628 million rupees had been released.

For the upgradation of Bahawalnagar Hospital, Rs250 million funds would be spent while Rs100 million has been released for the completion of cardiology and heart surgery projects in Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur, it was said, adding that for the Thalassemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Center’s construction, 300 million rupees would be spent.

It was further told in the meeting that approval has been given to the Children Hospital in Bahawalpur on which 50 million rupees will be spent.

The Bahawalpur division commissioner took the notice of the delay in Bahawal Victoria Hospital’s projects and directed the officials concerned to complete the projects as soon as possible. He said that in the projects of service delivery, no delays will be tolerated and directed not to show negligence in completion of the projects.

He said that all the hurdles which are causing the delays in the projects be eliminated immediately. It was told in the meeting that for the establishment of ICU Unit in Bahawal Victoria Hospital, a sum of 40 million rupees would be spent. For the hospitals of Ahmadpur East, Hasilpur, Chistian, Sadiqabad and Liaquatpur, 150 million rupees would be spent, he added.

According to annual Provincial Development Programme, working at 184 projects is in progress for which Rs7 billion and Rs670 million would be spent while in Bahawalpur Division for the 34 new projects, Rs4 billion and Rs750 million will be spent, he claimed.