Kidney and liver institute planned for Lahore CM seeks financial model, design in six weeks


LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that establishment of a state-of-the-art institute for treatment of kidney and liver diseases in Lahore has been planned. He said that satellite centres of the institute would also be set up in the cities of Faisalabad and Multan and that the proposed project would be executed expeditiously. 
According to a handout, the chief minister was presiding over a meeting to review progress on the proposed Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute project. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Minister’s Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Punjab Assembly Member Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, chief secretary, King Edward Medical University vice chancellor, and other senior officials and experts attended the meeting. 
The chief minister said that the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on development of health care infrastructure and provision of modern treatment facilities to the people. He said that besides medical facilities, free of cost medicines were being provided to deserving patients in pubic hospitals. He said that hospitals equipped with modern facilities had been set up throughout the province while rural and basic health centres were being upgraded in order to provide quality health care to the people on their doorstep.
He said that the kidney and liver institute was need of the hour and the government would extend all-out cooperation and support in its construction. He said that a research centre would also be set up at the institute. He said that philanthropists and experts would be placed on the board of governors of the institute where medical, surgery and diagnostic facilities would be provided. 
The chief minister formed a steering committee headed by the Planning and Development Board chairman and sought a comprehensive report regarding financial model, design, and other ancillary matters pertaining to the construction of the institute within six weeks. He also formed a committee headed by Dr Nasrullah Chaudhary for technical consultations.
CM leaves city for Beijing to attend Boao Forum: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif left for Beijing on Wednesday to attend the Boao Forum. 
Before his departure, the chief minister said that Pakistan and China were bound together in strong ties of love, brotherhood and sincerity. 
According to a handout, CM Shahbaz said that promotion of relations with neighbouring countries, including China, had vital importance in the foreign policy of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. He said that China was extending cooperation in energy and other sectors in Pakistan and that the visit would further strengthen bilateral ties. He said that a new era of Pakistan-China friendship had kicked off and the investment package of $32 billion by the Chinese government reflects growing relationship between the two countries.
CM Shahbaz said that relations between Pakistan and China were strengthening with the passage of time. He said that these relations had turned into useful economic ties under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He expressed the hope that further progress would be made on energy and infrastructure projects during his visit to China. 

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