Business community of Faisalabad has played a lead role in humanitarian and charity work while construction of a new state-of-the-art Canal View Hospital would open new avenues of quality health services in this city, said Divisional Commissioner Zahid Hussain.
He was addressing after performing the ground breaking ceremony of the hospital at a prime location along canal road.
He said that local philanthropists have already set up a comprehensive network of health and education services in addition to the other welfare projects across this city. “Millions of people belonging to the low socio economic class are harvesting benefits from these hospitals, dispensaries and schools etc”, he added.
He said that because of philanthropic work, their businesses are flourishing at a much faster pace. He said that the government and administration is also trying to facilitate the deprived segments of the society but the active role of the community is imperative to get the required results.
He particularly mentioned shelter houses to accommodate the poor who had to spend their nights under open sky in open parks or green belts. He said that he has allocated four vehicles of Faisalabad Urban Transport to provide free transport facility to these elements and shift them from green belts to the shelter homes where they would be provided free food and comfortable bedding.
Mian Muhammad Idrees Managing Trustee AFT and Chairman Sitara group said that his elders were committed to serve the ailing humanity. “They not only donated generously but also motivated others to follow the same suit”, he said and added that the legacy of Haji Abdul Ghafoor and Haji Bashir Ahmad is continuing in their third generation with the same spirit and zeal.
About the hospital, he said that it would have 450 beds with state of art medical and diagnostic facilities. He said that the hospital would have 17 storeys with a covered area of 4,85,000 sqft.
Atif Munir Sheikh, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) also participated in this function as guest of honour. He lauded the efforts of Sitara group and said that founders of this leading organization served this city in addition to their own business activities.
Later the Divisional Commissioner performed the ground breaking ceremony and also prayed for the success of this new venture of AFT.
Mian Javed Iqbal of Sitara Energy, Mian Muhammad Anees, Mian Imran Ghafoor, Mian Abdullah Javed and Mian Hamza Bashir were also present during this function.—APP