Friday, June 14, 2024

Islamabad to get First State-of-the-Art Cancer Hospital, Costs Rs. 3.4 Billion

Islamabad is likely to get the first state-of-the-art cancer hospital in the PIMS by June 2025. However, the original PC-I project cost of Rs 1,998 million has escalated by over 70 percent to Rs 3,406 million in the revised PC-I over the years, as has been learned.

The Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives has submitted the working paper to the Central Development Working Party. Previously, the decision to establish the hospital was taken in a meeting chaired by then Prime Minister Imran Khan on health reforms that were being taken in Islamabad, Punjab, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on December 13, 2018.

The sources said that the PC-I was received in PD&SI on January 24, 2023, and the project is proposed to be financed through the PSDP. The project will be completed in two and a half years, from February 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025 (2 years and 5 months).

According to the official documents, the hospital will diagnose cancer at an early stage and treat different types of cancer. It would be a full-fledged cancer hospital to treat poor cancer patients free of cost.

According to the estimates, as many as 7,000 patients per year would be treated in phase  I, which is expected to increase to 16,000 in the next 5–10 years.

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