Construction of 7 UAE-funded healthcare projects in final phase in Pakistan

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from Emirates News Agency
Published on 14 Sep 2013 View Original

WAM ISLAM ABAD, 14th September 2013 (WAM)-- The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAEPAP) has launched the final phase of its project to construct seven healthcare projects in Pakistan's Bajaur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and South Waziristan.

The seven projects are being constructed at a cost of over US$17.1 million in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to assist Pakistan and elevate the level of healthcare sector for Pakistanis, according to the directorate of the UAEPAP.

It said that the hospital in Bajaur has been completed while the other six facilities are expected to open before the end of this year.

The said project includes four modern hospitals, two clinics and a medical institute in Pakistani remote areas which lack the basic healthcare services.

The Project noted the humanitarian vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for protecting the health and safety of individuals through integrated healthcare services for all, as special attention is given to old-aged people, women and children as the core of family healthcare.

Two of these four hospitals, the 100-bed Sheikh Khalifa Specialised Hospital in Saidu Sharif, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and the 50-bed Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Hospital in Shulam area of South Waziristan, are still under construction. The modern medical institute will serve two hundred male and female students. The facilities will be fully-equipped to treat patients in the poor areas.

The Sheikh Khalifa Hospital will be the first in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to receive ambulance helicopters.

The Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Hospital in Shulam features South Waziristan's first dialysis centre, first preventive medicine centre and first children's immunisation centre.

The 70-bed Bajaur hospital features a dialysis centre, an electro encephalograph ( EEG) unit, two quarantine units, two operating rooms as well as wards for chest diseases, skin diseases and emergency and outpatient clinics to serve a population of 800,000 people of the underprivileged region.

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