Rawalpindi - PML-N ex-MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif handed over a total of 20 ventilators, one dialysis machine and a CT scan machine to the administration of Holy Family Hospital (HFH) during a ceremony held here on Monday.

All the machinery bought at the cost of Rs 250 million would be installed in the three government-run hospitals — District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital (DHQ), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and HFH.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Executive of Allied Hospitals and Principal Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Prof Dr Muhammad Umar, Medical Superintendent HFH Dr Arshad Sabir, Chairman Board of Directors RMC and AHs Dr Muhammad Aslam, former MPA Zia Ullah Shah and others.

Abbasi briefed the representatives of print and electronic media about the details of the abovementioned consignment and informed that on his request the CM provided ventilators and other equipments which would be installed in all the three main hospitals as per requirement. He said that the government was endeavouring to provide maximum medical facilities to masses and presently free medicines worth Rs 520 million were being provided to patients in emergency of the hospitals while every patient admitted in hospitals along with one attendant was being provided three times meal free of cost daily. He said that the BBH emergency building was being reconstructed and Rs 100 million funds had also been spent in hospitals with cooperation of private sector to update and enhance treatment and diagnostic facilities there. He said that 20,000 dengue suspects and patients had been provided free treatment along with free medical test facilities. He said that liver cancer ward had also been established in HFH which was first of its kind in any public hospital in Pakistan. He further added that separate funds were being provided for medical tests of the patients in all main hospitals. Abbasi added that government had the only agenda of serving the people and during the last six years, the medical facilities in hospitals had been made double and after the construction of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, the construction of Institute of Urology was speedily in progress.