Surgical unit of PIMS to have model wards

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CDA to help upgrade, clean hospital

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), the premiere health facility of the federal capital is set to give a decent look to its visitors as the government has initiated a campaign to clean and upgrade the hospital. Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Monday initiated cleanliness and up-gradation drive in PIMS hospital in the presence of Pims administration, CDA officials and media.
Capital Development Authority will extend all out cooperation to the hospital to turn it into a patient-friendly healthcare facility.
Talking to media persons on this occasion, the Minister said in the first phase of this up-gradation drive, two wards of the hospital will be up-graded providing new facilities wherever necessary and refurbishing the rest.
Hospital machinery, medical beds, rest rooms and interior of the medical and surgical wards of Pims will be improved raising them to the international standards which will then become benchmark for the rest of the hospital.
The Minister tasked the administration of the hospital to complete the first phase of up-gradation of hospital within a month. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry directed the administration of Pims to propose sustainable and durable model of administration in the hospital which could resolve the longstanding issues of the hospitals.
He said that Pims is the largest hospital in Islamabad catering to more than ten thousand patients of Islamabad and the adjoining cities in a single day. There is an urgent need of resource-management in Pims and expend resources at the areas where they are most required, he added.
The Minister hinted at bringing the services of philanthropists to up-grade the remaining wards and facilities of the hospital in the future in which the up-graded facility may be named after the donor’s name.
Dr. Tariq approved training for the technicians deputed on sophisticated testing machinery of the hospital on modern lines and sought proposals from the hospital administration to recruit more technical staff. Doctors, patients and attendants and staff of the hospital have welcomed the initiative taken by the government saying though late yet a right step in the right direction. Besides cleanliness, there are other hosts of problems the health facility is facing said they, like corrupt mafia, absence of medicines, parking facilities and shortage of doctors.
The hospital lacks proper system of solid waste management and the hospital administration for disposal of its wastes is relying on the conventional methods of doing away medical wastes inside the CDA/hospital waste containers. The medical waste is thus mixed with the ordinary waste and that too lie exposed and uncovered at various places of the hospital.
These startling revelations were made recently by a team of the, Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA). CADD Minister besides getting the hospital washed daily should also take steps in that direction, said they.

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