Friends of Cardiology (FoC), a non-governmental organization founded in 2012, has been donating generously for provision of missing facilities at Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology (CPEIC) for the last over seven years. Executive Director CPEIC Dr Rana Altaf told APP on Sunday that philanthropists of Multan responded positively to his request to meet shortage of funds to provide free-of-cost medical facilities to the poor and needy patients, as the budget allocated for the Institute was only Rs 190 million in 2012.
Initially, the Emergency of the Hospital consisted of 18 beds only, which was expanded to 54 beds after it was renovated by the FoC. He said the Khawaja family, including Khawaja Jalauddin Romi, Khawaja Younus and others got a mosque built at the health facility, adding that shortage of stunts, heart valves and pace-maker, which are costly items, was also met by the FoC members. Chairman Board of Management CPEIC Mian Rehman Naseem, Sheikh Amjad and Khawaja Younus contributed these items from 2012 to 2014, Dr Rana Altaf said.
The budget, the Executive Director added, was increased to Rs 200 million by the Punjab government back in 2015, adding that the Hospital began installing heart stunts free of cost for needy patients after increase in the budget.—APP