Funds for FGPC expansion project’s to be released soon
ISLAMABAD—The government would soon release approved initial amount for expansion and reconstruction of Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital (FGPC) project in the federal capital. According to an official of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), three firms have submitted details of designs for the construction of hospital building.
He added the best design would be selected and final award of the contract would be done after completion of technical and financial assessment of the proposed designs according to the procedures notified by the government.
The ministry has directed the officials concerned to complete the process for design approval with minimum possible time so that actual construction work could be started, he said. He said soon the earth breaking ceremony of the project would be held.
When contacted the official of FGPC hospital said that an amount of Rs 4 billion would be required initially to start work on 600-bed multi-storey building. He said same amount will be needed to purchase new equipment while Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other bodies concerned need to complete all codal formalities for early start of the project. The project plan has been submitted to the concerned body for release of the amount so that work could be started immediately on much needed expansion project of the hospital, the official said.
He said during the first phase of the project, the new building was proposed to be built on the recently acquired land of Argentine Park so that existing hospital could be shifted there. In the second phase, he said new blocks would be constructed at the place of existing building. Some 600 beds would be added in this phase raising the total capacity to 1,200 beds. The whole outdoor patient and emergency departments will also be shifted in the new block in Argentine Park and a new building will also replace the current hospital building.
Under the extension plan, the hospital will have management information system, critical care services, clinical departments, latest diagnostic facilities, specialized tertiary care and fully computerized investigation system. He said the project also envisaged neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, MRI and a state-of-the-art operation theatre.
He said the project would have helipad 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.
He said that some former hospital officials including ex- Executive Director FGPC Dr Shaukat Kiani had also played a key role in starting FGPC’s expansion plan and also getting approval from Embassy of Argentina for using Argentina Park for hospital expansion. It is pertinent to mention here that the Polyclinic Hospital had written to the CDA to hand over the possession of around one-third of Argentine Park after the government approved its expansion by using a portion of the park.
As the park was named after Argentina and the country’s embassy in Islamabad had provided funds for its construction and maintenance, the Embassy of Argentina was contacted for permission to use the land. On the demand of CDA, a summary was sent to the Federal Cabinet in October 2014 for its fresh approval of allocation of land. The cabinet has recently accorded its approval in this regard. The federal cabinet in its recent meetings had approved the allocation of the Argentine Park land measuring 2.54 acres to be used for the extension of hospital in public interest that had been pending for years.