Work on state-of-the-art trauma care centre in Karachi is to start soon.
Civil Hospital authorities are confident that the much delayed project will finally see the light of the day in August.
The trauma care centre is being established to provide treatment facilities to about 110,000 emergency patients every year, while about 1,500 patients will be offered surgical intensive care and about 2500 patients will be extended medical intensive care facilities annually.
According to the plan, all departments of the civil hospital linked to acute emergency will be housed in the proposed complex to ensure better and coordinated services.
The Rs1.4 billion trauma centre project was announced about three years ago, its cost to be equally shared by the federal and provincial governments. However, the project repeatedly hit roadblocks. Apparently the glitches have been overcome now, reports Dawn newspaper
The proposed complex, an earthquake-proof building with modern equipment, will be built on a piece of land measuring about 7,000 square yards. It will be a 12-storey building, apart from basement and the ground-floor and complete with a helipad on its rooftop, said Hayat Kemal, the project director.
"The old construction on the site is now being dismantled," explained Kemal, adding that shifting of the eye and neurosurgery wards was in the final stage so that work on the project could kick off with further delay..
"We have planned the shifting in the first week of July. The two departments will be relocated at the Sindh Services Hospital premises, off M.A. Jinnah Road, where the existing buildings are being renovated and some floors added," he said.
By the end of July, tendering for civil works of the trauma centre would be completed and work order issued to contractors.