Bone marrow transplant centre at Children Hospital

Lahore—Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Children Hospital is being set up which will be completed soon and Chief Minister would inaugurate the centre in August.
It was stated by the Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Kh. Salman Rafique while presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements for completion of Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Children Hospital, here the other day.
Besides Dean Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital Prof. Masood Sadiq, Medical Director Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Prof. Tahir Shamsi from National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBDs) Karachi Prof. Huma Arshad Cheema, Prof. Nisar Ahmed, Prof. Mahfooz ur Rehman, Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Salman Shahid and the officers from C&W Department also attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that total estimated cost of BMTC is Rs 231.285 million.
Prof. Rathore informed that for this purpose up-gradation of Haematology Laboratory, training of staff and procurement of bio-medical equipment is under process. He informed that first batch comprising on four doctors, one pharmacist, one medical lab technician and four nurses has completed their six month training at NIBDs whereas, the second batch of two doctors and four nurses has left for Karachi for training.
It was informed that the procurement process for electro medical equipment for haematology and micro-biology labs was under process which would be completed within next few weeks. Kh. Salman Rafique said that some medicines used in bone marrow transplantation would be imported from abroad for which special permission would be sought from the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
He said that setting up of bone marrow transplant centre would be another milestone in the healthcare delivery system of Punjab and it would bring a new hope for the life of patients suffering from blood cancer. He said that free treatment facilities would be provided to the poor patients who could not bear the huge expenditures of bone marrow transplantation.—APP

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