Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the University of Child Health Sciences.
According to a handout, the CM said that country’s first child health university would be established in Lahore at the cost of over Rs9 billion, adding that a latest radiotherapy centre for children would also be established at the cost of Rs two billion. Radiotherapy centres for children would also be established in divisions so that children could be provided the latest treatment facilities. The CM said that it would be a distinctive medical university of its own type in the world. Mother and childcare hospitals were under construction in many cities, including Mianwali, he added.
A college of pediatric would be established in the University of Child Health Sciences Lahore and special training would be imparted to surgeons and medical specialists. A college of allied sciences for the training of allied health professionals and a college of nursing would also be set up, he added. He furthered that a mother and child health care unit for the treatment and care of infants would be established while an institute of genetics and research centre would also be established in the Child Health University.
The CM said an advance technology and telehealth centre equipped with telehealth, medical genomics and artificial intelligence facilities would also be set up. Parvez Elahi said he had got the University of Child Health Sciences 2021 Act approved from the Punjab Assembly.
Revolutionary changes were being made in the health technology with every passing day across the globe, he maintained. He said that the University of Child Health Sciences would be built by the Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab. CM Parvez Elahi paid tributes to Doctor Yasmeen Rashid and others for rendering exemplary services. The Communication and Works secretary gave a briefing to the CM about the University of Child Health Sciences project.
Separately, Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Syed Rafaqat Ali Gilani called on Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his office on Saturday.
Matters pertaining to mutual interest, performance of the department and the prevailing political situation were discussed during the meeting.
On the occasion, the chief minister said that Seerat Academy was established to promote the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said that he had laid the foundation stone of Seerat Academy and Quran Complex in 2006 and had inaugurated the Seerat Academy and Quran Complex in November 2007.
The chief minister remarked that now MPhil and PhD classes were being started in the Seerat Academy, adding that a hostel would be built for research scholars as well. A museum would also be built in the institution where rare and precious scripts of the Holy Quran would be kept.
Meanwhile, Elahi expressed grief over the loss of lives in a traffic accident on GT Road near Lalamusa. The chief minister expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolence with the heirs of deceased persons.