Chinese funded Infections Treatment Centre inaugurated by PM in Islamabad

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the first-ever Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Centre here in Islamabad on thursday.

The Chinese government had provided $4 million for construction of the facility.

The hospital is equipped with five ICUs, isolation wards, 95 oxygenated beds besides being equipped with CCTV cameras, lab information and nurse calling systems.

Spread over 40-kanal land, the 250-bed pre-fabricated facility is fully equipped to combat COVID-19 pandemic providing all modern facilities including five Intensive Care Units, ventilators, nurse calling system as well as maiden E-ICU facility to allow doctors from abroad to treat the patients through telemedicine.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal thanked the governments of Pakistan and China, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing for extending their full cooperation to complete the mega task.

During the briefing, the prime minister was informed that the hospital would be operated through public private philanthropic partnership for interim period of up to December 2020 when it would cost around Rs 300 million.

PM lauded the tremendous work by the NDMA for completion of the facility in record 100 days period despite the lockdown impeding the movement of the people and transportation of material.

 

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