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WIC to be functional by February 2013

Lahore: In order to enhance the diagnostic and treatment facilities for cardiac patients, Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology is in the final phase of completion and would start functioning by February 2013.

It was disclosed by the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafique, here today. He said that initially 50 bed capacity has been provided in WIC and every year 50 beds would be added to the hospital to enhance its capacity up to 200 beds. Kh. Salman Rafique further said that Chief Minister Punjab is focusing on the promotion and development of health sector in Punjab and new hospitals have been established across the province. He told that 450-bed hospital in Bahawalpur has already been completed. Moreover, Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology also started functioning while 200-bed Shahadara hospital is nearing completion the process of recruitment of staff has been started.

Medical Superintendent Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore Dr. Muhammad Javed who is presently looking after the affairs of WIC told that the institution will start functioning with 50 beds including 20 beds in the ward, 10 beds in emergency while 10 beds each will be placed in male and female CCU. He informed that Punjab government has released Rs. 350 million for the purchase of medical equipment. He said that procurement of equipment is in progress. Dr. Muhammad Javed informed that senior consultants of PIC would also extend their services to assist the doctors of WIC in the treatment of cardiac patients. He said that consultants of PIC will also train the doctors being recruited for WIC.

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