Grey-structure completed for Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Karachi

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One step closer to bringing a new dawn of hope

Since 1994, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, built and funded by charitable donations from all across the world, has become a symbol of hope for people living with cancer in Pakistan and in adjoining areas.

Over the last twenty-eight years, in Lahore, and the last seven years in Peshawar, Shaukat Khanum Hospitals have seen hundreds of thousands of patients with cancer, and treated them based on principles of quality and equality.

SKMT earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI) in the Enterprise Accreditation category in 2022, which is testament to the highest standards of clinical excellence available for all patients, over 75 percent of whom receive treatment free of charge.

According to Dr Aasim Yusuf, Chief Medical Officer of SKMT facilities, cancer diagnosis and treatment is complex and multi-faceted, requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Commenting on the challenges faced by cancer patients he said, “A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, and often causes major disruption in the life not only of the patient, but also of family members, who may have to give up jobs, or to move house, to help care for a loved one.

The majority of people in our country find the costs associated with cancer treatment unaffordable.

While a number of facilities in Karachi treat cancer, often to a very high standard, this huge city lacks a state-of-the-art tertiary care cancer centre.

It is to bridge this gap, and so as to be able to provide free and high-quality cancer care to as many people as possible, that we have undertaken the gargantuan task of constructing our third, and Pakistan’s biggest, cancer hospital, in Karachi.”

Updating about the new hospital he said, “After completion of the physical structure, finishing works are underway for the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Karachi, which is planned to open in late-2023.