What is Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) and its relationship with PKLI&RC?
Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) was established in 2004 in Shifa International Hospitals, Islamabad. PKI is a sister organization of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center (PKLI&RC). Apart from taking part in many relief and awareness programs, PKI has developed the best residency program in the country and has treated 150,000 patients so far. However, growing prevalence of viral hepatitis is afflicting, and it has become an epidemic. Nearly 1 crore people are infected with Hepatitis C in Pakistan and over 70% of them live in Punjab. 2.5% of the population of Pakistan is infected with Hepatitis B. Keeping this alarming situation in view, the institute was expanded and establishment of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute & Research Center (PKLI&RC) took place.
What is the need of such an institution in Pakistan?
Approximately 40% of all the diseases in Pakistan have kidney, bladder, and liver related origin. According to World Health Organization (WHO), diseases related to the liver and kidney are on 11th and 12th order respectively as leading causes of deaths in Pakistan. Pakistan has the highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the world after China. Treatment of such diseases is either too expensive within the country or at times not available resulting in loss of innumerable precious lives. PKLI&RC aims to put an end to this misery by providing state of the art, free of cost effective treatment, especially to the poor people of Pakistan.
How does PKLI&RC aim to curb the spread of these diseases?
Disease prevention and awareness programs are one of the main objectives of PKLI&RC. The institute aims to curtail the existing burden of diseases through treatment, relief programs, awareness programs and preventive programs by dedicating required amount of funds to these heads.
What will the project offer to the people of Pakistan?
Apart from treatment and prevention, PKLI hospital aims to impart world class education and training to the future doctors in the country. The hospital construction and operations will be a source of employment for approx. 5,000 labors and their families. As the project is being built on JCI(USA) standards, it will be a benchmark in the healthcare sector of Pakistan for others to follow.
What does the Hospital Complex constitute of?
The Hospital Complex is being built on a 60 Acre land and will consist of hospital buildings (in-patient department, emergency theaters, operation theaters, etc.), Mosque, Energy Center, Nursery, Dormitories for patients and their relatives, apartments for doctors and other officers, PKLI&RC Bazaar and Industrial Unit. Establishment of PKLI University is also the part of the project.
What are JCI (USA) standards that PKLI&RC will implement?
Joint Commission International (JCI) are gold standards in the areas of patient safety and healthcare and are being implemented by the best hospitals in the world. Unfortunately, no hospital or design consultant in Pakistan has ever implemented these standards before. PKLI&RC is proud to be the first ever hospital to have JCI Certification.
What is the role of Government of the Punjab in the execution of PKLI&RC?
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center (PKLI&RC) is a good example of Public-Private Partnership between Government of the Punjab (GoP) and PKLI. GoP has allocated 60 Acres of land for PKLI&RC Hospital in Lahore Knowledge City. Government is also funding the entire construction of the hospital and its operating cost for the first three years. After that, GoP will cover 25% annual operating cost and the rest will be covered through donations etc.
When will the Hospital construction complete?
The construction of the hospital complex is divided into phases. The first phase of hospital, consisting of 100 beds, has been completed and inaugurated on December 25, 2017. This will be followed by the completion of phase 2 till March 2018 and phase 3 will be completed by year end of 2018.