ISLAMABAD: Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Dr Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun has asked the administration of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital to organise free eye camps twice a year and help improve the skills and services of eye-care staff in the island.
He said this during a visit to the hospital where he was received by president of the trust Lt Gen (r) Hamid Javaid and others.
The visiting dignitary lauded the healthcare cooperation by Pakistan, as the trust had been sending teams of senior doctors consisting of Dean Prof Wajid Ali Khan, Chief Consultant Nadeem Qureshi and others to Mauritius for the last six years.
The deputy prime minister of Mauritius called for enhanced cooperation between medical fraternity of both the countries to help the ailing humanity.
He also visited different departments of the hospital, inquired after the health of patients, appreciated the quality of service, took keen interest in latest equipment and inaugurated the newly completed children’s block, where almost 200 children would be treated on a daily basis.
It may be mentioned that Al-Shifa teams have conducted over 300 complicated operations and examined more than 2,500 patients, besides training a large number of eye specialists and nurses at the hospitals in Mauritius.
Al-Shifa and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in Mauritius have also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at training doctors and paramedics from Mauritius and facilitating Mauritius patients in Pakistan for treatment of complicated cases.
Lt Gen (r) Hamid Javaid told Beebeejaun that so far Al-Shifa had treated over six million patients and conducted over 600,000 operations.
He said that 70 per cent of all patients had been treated free of cost. He said that the trust would further enhance cooperation with Mauritius.
He informed the dignitary that the children’s block would be transformed into a full-fledged eye hospital for children, which would be the first ever eye-care facility of its kind in Pakistan.
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