KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said the government was taking all possible measures to provide healthcare facilities to all citizens, especially poor and those residing in far-flung areas of the country.
He said due to resource constraints and many other challenges, the government efforts needed to be complemented by the private sector, especially the philanthropists, affluent segments of society and the professionals.
Performing the ground-breaking of the expansion project of Indus Hospital, Korangi, the President said that he was greatly impressed to learn that this facility is providing free of cost services to a large number of less-privileged patients.
“I am really pleased to see the endeavour started by some dedicated doctors, philanthropists and businessmen in 2005, which is successfully serving the people of the area and is alleviating their miseries”, he added.
The project envisages expansion of this 150-bed paperless and free hospital with a 1,500-bed facility.
Mamnoon Hussain was of the view that directly benefitting over 1.5 million patients at an operational expenditure of over Rs three billion over the last six years itself speaks of the great service the hospital has been doing for the welfare of less privileged people who cannot afford exorbitant expenditures of modern treatment facilities.
He appreciated that people like Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Indus Hospital, and his entire team is extending their services to the most noble and cherished cause of serving the humanity. “Such people are a symbol of hope for those who find themselves at disadvantage due to one reason or the other. We need to emulate these lofty examples individually as well as collectively,” he added.
The President commended and appreciated all those individuals, donors and supporters who have been supporting this hospital and have been contributing towards this noble cause.
He pointed out that alleviating the miseries of the fellow human beings and providing them relief from their sufferings is the noblest cause. Extending free health facilities to the poor and disadvantaged segments of society is a great service to humanity, he added.
He said that Allah Almighty has ordained every affluent person to take care of the poor and needy and those who contribute towards this mission will not only be rewarded in this world but will also get His blessings in the world Hereafter.
“I therefore call upon all affluent and well-to-do people to come forward and do whatever is possible for serving the ailing humanity,” the President urged.
He said that fortunately, there was no dearth of kindhearted and benevolent people who were supplementing the government’s efforts and taking keen interest in social service.
The President hoped these segments would continue playing even greater role in complementing government’s efforts to provide relief to the needy and the poor.
He said that providing quality healthcare to all segments of society was indeed a great challenge. “But no challenge is great if we join hands and confront them head on”, he added.
Mamnoon Hussain quoted Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who once said in his message to the nation on October 24, 1947, “My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilise all our resources in a systematic and organised way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline, worthy of a great nation.”
President congratulated the entire team of the Indus Hospital for their valuable contribution towards the development of health sector in the country and wished them well in their future endeavours.
He was optimistic if the private and public sector worked together they could overcome the challenges and make Pakistan a prosperous land.
The President announced, as a token, a donation of Rs five million for the expansion of Indus Hospital project.
He also urged the philanthropists and other segments of the society to contribute to the welfare work started by the Indus Hospital, Karachi.
Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan was a blessing of Allah Almighty for the Muslims of the sub-continent and that concerted efforts should be made so that the country could make a rapid headway in the comity of the nations.
He also pointed out that the resources in the country were limited, however inspite of that a lot of charity was extended in the country.
The President said that service to the humanity was a real great work.
He was of the view that the primary education in the country should be entrusted to women as this would lead to promotion of education and help enhance enrolment especially of the girls.
Mamnoon Hussain said that the education of the females should be stressed.
He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is committed to the economic development of the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain also unveiled the plaque for the expansion project.
Earlier, in the welcome address Hafiz Ferozuddin, Chairman of the Board of Indus Hospital Karachi, said that plan for this facility was envisaged in 1986. It came up with 150-bed hospital.
Now the hospital would be expanded to a 1,500 bedded facility, he added.
Ferozuddin said that Indus Hospital is paperless and that the entire system is computerised.
He said that to date 1.5 million patients have availed health facilities from this free hospital.
Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer of the Indus Hospital, said that now the expansion work is being initiated at this facility.
Dr. Tariq Qaiser, Architect, shed light on various aspects of the expansion project entrusted to CBG Singapore.