Construction of UMC begins in Gulistan-e-Jauhar

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The groundbreaking of a state-of-the-art medical healthcare facility aimed at providing world-standard treatment services to up to one million deserving patients in a year was performed here in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area.

The non-profit Imamia Medics International (IMI) in partnership with Baqir Health and Educational Welfare Trust and Zaidi Abid Foundation USA has aimed to build the project of University Medical Complex (UMC) in seven years as a modern tertiary care teaching hospital in Karachi that would provide specialised healthcare services in different fields of medicine.

The 500-bedded health care facility after its completion will provide free-of-charge modern treatment and hospitalization services to 2,00,000 patients in a year from the deprived communities. The advanced treatment facilities will be extended to another 800,000 patients from middle and lower -income groups at highly subsidized rates. The IMI and its partners require US $ 33 million for the completion of the project whereas charitable donations of Rs one billion are immediately needed to start construction of the UMC.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the groundbreaking ceremony, noted religious scholar, Allama Syed Shehanshah Hussain Naqvi, said the construction of the UMC in Karachi was fully in line with the fundamental teachings of Islam that stood for providing quality healthcare services to every suffering patient without any discrimination.

He urged the concerned philanthropists from the Muslim community all over the world to come forward and generously donate for ensuring the timely completion of the modern healthcare facility in the city. He said that Islam had always emphasized helping the suffering and ailing humanity on an emergency basis as the affluent people in the society should actively take part in this noble cause. Allama Naqvi also announced a donation of Rs 500,000 for the project.

Dr Hssain Mehdi, representing Baqir Health and Educational Welfare Trust, told the audience that the UMC would be the embodiment of the cherished dream of likeminded senior healthcare professionals in Pakistan and abroad who wanted to serve a large number of patients in their native land who couldn’t afford best treatment services as they belonged to the deprived communities.

He expressed gratitude to the concerned well-wishers, donors, and philanthropists who had been constantly supporting the proposal of the UMC to the stage that the actual execution of the project had started.