I am very pleased to share with you that Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center’s team and the Government of Punjab have successfully inaugurated the hospital’s first phase on December 25, 2017.
PKLI&RC is indeed an outcome of absolute hard work, passion, allegiance and sacrifices of the hospital’s management, employees and the provincial government. I am immensely grateful to Allah SWT for His prodigious help in establishing this hospital for serving the ailing humanity, and I am also thankful to Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and the entire Punjab government machinery for their unconditional support in achieving the objectives of the project. This is the only healthcare project designed on JCIA (USA) standards in the history of Pakistan where the Government of Punjab, under the guidance of its Chief Minister, has invested 20 billion rupees, which will be operated by an independent Trust.
The journey started 17 years ago when I observed that Pakistan was under a huge burden of kidney and liver diseases including Hepatitis. The fact that disturbed me the most was the lethal combination of disease and poverty. Therefore, along with Dr. Nayer Mahmud, I laid the foundation of Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) in 2004 in the vicinity of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, to deliver state-of-the-art care in the field of urology and nephrology to underprivileged and poor patients either totally free or at minimum possible cost.
While working in PKI, I realized that there is a huge burden of disease and a lot of more work is needed to be done in this regard. I decided to put an end to the miseries of Pakistani patients by establishing a world class hospital in the country. To turn this dream into reality, I had the privilege of speaking with the CM Punjab who listened to us very attentively, understood the spirit of the mission, offered very enthusiastic support and followed through on every promise.
It is amazing to look back at the challenges we faced, programs we developed and the successes our team has achieved. It has been an honor for me to serve PKLI and our community during this time and it is heartening to see the path ahead for healthcare in Pakistan. I am confident that PKLI is prepared to ensure highest level of diagnostics and clinical services for patients to set a new benchmark in the healthcare sector of the country.
In its first phase, the hospital has operationalized OPD services in its highly specialized departments focused on patients’ medical and surgical problems. Those departments include Urology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Kidney Transplant, and Liver Transplant. PKLI has covered a big ground in 2017 by hiring nearly 1000 clinical and nonclinical staff members, including 70 highly trained specialists and consultants from the U.K. and the U.S. This is the biggest reverse migration of brain in the history of healthcare industry of Pakistan. Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Program (HPTP) was established to eliminate hepatitis B and C from Pakistan by 2030 as per the mandate of World Health Organization. The first Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Clinic (HPTC) was launched in Lahore in March 2017 followed by 16 more clinics in various districts. To date, more than 70,000 people have been screened by these clinics. These people were screened for hepatitis B and C, vaccinated against hepatitis B and treated. Nine more clinics will be launched in next two months.
PKLI has close collaboration with Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department, Punjab, and Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education of the Government of Punjab in this mission to eliminate Hepatitis B and C. PKLI was also instrumental in the Punjab Hepatitis Ordinance 2017.
You will be excited to know that PKLI will inaugurate its second phase in the second quarter of 2018, and will add more human resources, modern equipment and latest technology. The hospital will start kidney and liver transplantation in 2018 along with increasing the number of operating rooms and expanding its dialysis unit.
PKLI team is on track to deliver value to our community by offering advanced and free of cost healthcare facilities to the downtrodden and underserved people of Pakistan. We are resolute to continue to focus diligently on providing patients with the most comprehensive health services without discrimination. The hospital will keep offering state-of-the-art clinical care, highest level of medical education and research, and through these excellence measures, it will become Harvard, Cambridge or Johns Hopkins of Pakistan, Insha’Allah!
May Allah SWT give us the strength and help us in our endeavors to support those who are sick and cannot take care of themselves.
Thank you for your support!
Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter
President & Chief Executive Officer
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center