Work on expansion of THQ hospital kicks off | The Express Tribune



HARIPUR:

Work on the upgradation of the Ghazi tehsil headquarters hospital has begun and around Rs1.5 billion will be spent on the project.

Former federal minister Omar Ayub visited the healthcare facility to review the construction work. The hospital management briefed him about the project.

Ayub said that with the upgradation of the hospital, better treatment facilities will be available to the people, which was their main demand.

“The 60-year-old building that was in a dilapidated condition has been demolished and on the same land, a new state-of-the-art building is being constructed. The building will have a doctors’ hostel, residential facilities for paramedical staff, modern laboratories and operation theatres,” he said. The number of doctors and paramedical staff will also be increased with the upgradation of the hospital, he said.

Talking about the other developmental projects in the Ghazi area, Ayub said that the Lawrence Pur Tarbela Road was being reconstructed for Rs1.8 billion and the project was near completion.

He said that a tender of Rs1.2 billion for the construction of Ghazi Jhari Kas Road from Hamlet to Aamgah has been issued while work will be started on Bharwasa Dam at a cost of over Rs1 billion.

The former minister said that 220 transformers have been installed in the Khari Gandgar area. He said that work on dividing the Ghazi feeder into two further parts and changing the mainline of the Jhaamra feeder was in the final stages.

Ayub said that work on various gas projects was also going on in various villages and after the completion of these projects, residents of Ghazi will get the best facilities and benefits.

Earlier, patients visiting the Ghazi Tehsil Headquarters Hospital had complained about lack of basic facilities as well as medicine. They had demanded of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and the health minister to intervene and took notice of the poor state of affairs at the health facility.

Currently, the machinery and equipment in the hospital have run down. There is no operation facility to perform C-section procedures due to which expecting mothers have to travel to the cities. The hospital also lacks maternal facilities and doctors to tend to patients visiting the set-up.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2022.





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