Romi seeks land for new hospital in Multan

MULTAN-Terming the establishment of a new hospital need of the hour, Nishtar Hospital Board of Management (BoM) Chairman Khawaja Jalaluddin Romi announced that they were ready to build a new hospital of 300 to 400 beds like NMI, provided government allocated  a piece of land for the proposed hospital.
“We are ready to build a new hospital, having 300 to 400 beds with the help of donors and philanthropists in Multan if the Punjab government allocates land for it. Number of patients pouring in Nishtar Medical Institute (NMI) from all provinces of country is on the rise every passing day. So,we need a new hospital for city,” said determined Khawaja Jalaluddin Romi while addressing a charity fund-raising dinner at NMI assembly hall here.
He added that they had gathered for a noble cause to improve the health facilities for ailing humanity because MNI was the only teaching hospital in South Punjab.
Romi informed that Punjab Government had approved the raising of total bed strength of the facility from 1,103 to 1,500 adding that a ward was meant for 36 patients while it was catering more than 70 patients making the occupancy rate 175 per cent.
“Raising the number of beds will generate employment opportunity for doctors and paramedics as well. Apart from local donors, we are approaching to international donors for extending better health facilities to poor people.” The BoM Chairman also pledged to provide one bed for new ICU costing Rs1.5 million that would be dedicated to his mother. 
Speaking on the occasion, Acting Commissioner Multan Division Zahid Saleem Gondal assured that they would provide a land when the NMI administration would bring map for building new hospital.
Terming Multanites “Rashim Dilan-i-Multan” he added that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had earmarked Rs1 billion for three projects for Multan including 5 colleges-three for girls and two for boys besides a big zoo and expressways, he added.
Gondal declared to give his one month salary to the charity fund for MNI. Local donors, philanthropists, doctors and Alumni of NMI pledged over Rs50 million for the health facility established in 1951.
Earlier, NMI Principal Dr Samee Akhtar in his welcome address said that Khawaja Jalaluddin Romi had initiated ‘own a ward policy’ under which one could donate one time or periodically and added that they needed Hi-Tech beds for recently upgraded Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“As charity begins at home, I announce to donate a bed for ICU,” Dr Samee said.
He specially mentioned various philanthropists who kept on help NMI in time off and on. Students of NMI also put up an amusing talent show in the ceremony.

ePaper - Nawaiwaqt