Construction of biggest Shaukat Khanum Hospital underway

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Construction work at Shaukat khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Karachi is underway at full pace and this will be the third and largest Shaukat Khanum hospital of Pakistan. Project is expected to be commissioned in three years, at the total estimated cost of Rs. 13 billion. For this noble cause a nationwide fund-raising campaign has been started by hospital’s officials. During a media briefing Acting Chief Executive Officer of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centres (SKMCH&RC) in Pakistan, Dr. Muhammed Aasim Yusuf shared the latest updates on the status of this project. He said “there are over a hundred and fifty thousand new cancer cases in Pakistan each year. The huge number of new cancer patients means that we are able to serve only a proportion of those suffering from cancer in Pakistan. The treatment of cancer is often a long and arduous process, with many patients having to make repeated, and expensive, trips over long distances in order to seek treatment and during this period they have to face some serious emotional, social and financial issues. Successful completion of treatment is followed by several years of further visits for follow-up. It is for this reason that our second hospital was constructed in Peshawar, and this is why we have now turned to Karachi, where construction of the third SKMCH&RC will hugely enhance the country’s capacity to treat cancer and provide access to cancer care for ever-increasing numbers of patients. The hospital in Karachi will be the largest cancer centre in Pakistan, with state-of-the-art cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities available under one roof. SKMCH&RC, Karachi, will serve all of Sindh, as well as Southern Balochistan, and will help to bring cancer care closer to our patients.” Highlight: This will be the Largest Cancer Hospital in Pakistan where cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities will be available under one roof. The new Hospital will be located in DHA City, on twenty acres of land. It will be commissioned in three years, at the total estimated cost of Rs. 13 billion as a fully-functional cancer hospital, with all clinical disciplines in place, and equipped with the latest technology, including state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities as well as the latest in treatment planning and delivery systems.