Centralized pathological labs being set up in Lahore, Multan

Salim Ahmed

Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Punjab Najam Ahmad Shah has said that centralized pathological labs in Lahore and Multan are being established on which 460 million rupees estimated to be spent. Government would be responsible for the construction of infrastructure. He said that both the labs would be outsourced and the contracting company/ firm would be responsible for installation of equipment/ machinery, provision of kits and other accessories on their own expenses. He said that executing agency of this project would be Punjab Health Initiatives Management Company (PHIMC).
He stated this while presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the establishment of the laboratories at Civil Secretariat, here Monday. Besides Additional Secretary (Dev) Health Department Shahid-ur-Rehman, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, representative of Infrastructural Development Authority (IDAP) Mr. Naveed and the officers of Finance and Planning & Development Departments attended the meeting.
The meeting informed that a piece of lands adjacent of Jinnah Hospital Lahore and Multan Institute of Cardiology have been allocated for said purpose. A summary has been sent for approval of releasing the funds. Moreover, IDAP has invited the tenders for the projects.
Najam Ahmad Shah said that provision of extension has been provided in both the projects to meet the future requirements. He further said that the teaching hospitals of Lahore and Multan would be attached with the respective central lab.
Moreover, satellite labs would also be established in these hospitals. He said that all the laboratory tests would be of international standard for which government would pay to the laboratories. He said that quality lab tests is one of the basic requirement for the accurate treatments of the patients, therefore, government is taking initiatives for providing international quality lab tests. Such laboratories would be established at all divisional headquarters in future, he added.

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