Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said Al-Shifa Eye Hospitals is a gift for the society which has been serving masses selflessly for three decades.
He said that the vision and efforts of General Jahandad Khan have resulted in the establishment of this facility which has now become an institution of international repute.
Speaking at the 27th Annual Day Celebrations of the Al-Shifa Trust, the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that he has remained associated with this institution in one way or other and he intends to remain linked with it in the future.
He said that this hospital has become a flagship model for prevention and control of blindness for the other similar hospitals to be built in Pakistan and other regional countries.
He said that he believes that the planned Children Eye Hospital will go a long way in providing state-of-the-art facilities to the parents for treatment of their children who are suffering from various eye diseases.
The PM lauded the contribution of local and foreign donors including OGDC and PPL and promised to serve the cause of Al-Shifa Eye Hospitals.
At the occasion, he praised the outstanding performance of the staff of the hospital and announced a grant of Rupees 200 million for the trust. He also gave away awards to the doctors and paramedics of Al-Shifa Eye Hospitals of Rawalpindi, Sukkur, Kohat and Muzaffarabad.
Speaking at the occasion, President of the Al-Shifa Trust Lt. Gen. Hamid Javaid (Retd) said that we will continue our deep commitment to the eradication of the blindness.
So far we have been able to treat more than six million patients in the OPDs and more than 600,000 surgeries have been performed, he informed.
He said that a Children Eye Hospital is being built at a cost of one billion rupees which will start serving masses in August 2019. Five hundred children will be treated at the facility on a daily basis while fifty complicated surgeries would be performed in a day.
This will be the biggest hospital in Asia as far as the capacity is concerned for which we are thankful to the philanthropists and the donors, he added.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed briefed participants about his association with General Jahandad Khan and described him as a man of dedication, passion, and commitment while Dr. Wajid Ali Khan informed about the working of various departments of the hospital.