Govt to set up liver transplant centers
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Health, Makhdoom Shahabuddin on Monday informed the National Assembly that Federal Government was planning to establish two liver transplant and treatment centers in the country. He said that one center would be establish at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore and the other here at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
The Minister said that a grant of Rs200 million for the centre at PIMS Islamabad and Rs 176.832 million have also been sanctioned for the centre at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore.
Shahabuddin said that liver center would be completed by the end of 2011 at PIMS while other one would be completed within three to four months at Shaikh Zayad Hospital in Lahore. Responding to a question, he said that no survey was conducted to ascertain the number of maternity related deaths in the years 2009 to 2010 but the last survey was conducted in 2006-07 which was observed in Punjab 227/100000, Sindh 314/10000, KPK 275/10000, Balochistan 785/100000 and AJK 400/10000 cases were reported.
The Minster said that only one proper burn unit functioning at PIMS and which is incurring a daily cost of Rs20,000 adding that for running of the equipment it requires professionals and experts staff.
He said that in this regard Pakistan would send a team of doctors to China for their training and then the burn units would be set up in the other cities of the country to benefit the patients with the burn injuries. -App