Funds for FGPC ex­pan­sion project’s to be re­leased soon

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15 STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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