The construction work for Muzaffarabad hospital has just been started. The construction work is undertaken by Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and will be completed in one and a half years time. FWO has previously also built our Kohat Hospital. This hospital will cost about Rs. 250 million. The hospital will be on the same standard as Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi, which is the mother Hospital and would provide comprehensive eye care services to the people of AJK, as well as to the Northern Areas like Gilgit etc.. Al-Shifa Trust is already popular here because most of the eye patients from here are regularly treated at its Rawalpindi Hospital and moreover its community outreach program is conducting free eye camps in the far flung areas of AJK screening and treating thousands of patients at the camps.
February 2007): Prime Minister AK Sardar Attique
Ahmed Khan has announced that Government would
provide land for Al-Shifa Trust to setup its
150 bed Eye Hospital in AK and said that the
survey work for a proper site would start within
a period of three weeks. He announced this during
his visit to AL-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital on
Monday, February 12, 2007.
He visited different departments
of the hospital and expressed his satisfaction
over the type of facilities and eye care services
being providing by Al-Shifa Trust.
After the visit AK Prime Minister discussed
the project of Al-Shifa Trust Eye hospital in
Muzaffarabad with president of Al-Shifa Trust,
Lt. Gen. (Retrd) Jahan Dad Khan in detail.
During the discussion the time
frame for the launching of the hospital was
finalized. The location would be finalized within
month or so. Planning and architectural work
would be started within a period of three months.
It was also observed that location for the said
hospital would be more feasible on Kohala –Muzaffarabad
road and required area was agreed to be 8 to10
acres. It was further said that the hospital
in Muzaffarabad would be a regional center for
AK, Northern Areas and the surrounding areas
of NWFP. The Prime Minister AK assured President
Al-Shifa Trust that all infrastructural facilities
would be provided by the AK government.
On this occasion president Al-Shifa
Trust said that after the identification of
the exact location, construction work would
soon start. He also told the PM that this hospital
would be on the same patron of Al-Shifa eye
Hospital Rawalpindi, equipped with training
and teaching facilities .
Earlier President al-Shifa Trust
General Jahan Dad Khan gave the detail briefing
about the activities and future planes of Al-Shifa
Trust Eye hospital.
General Jahan Dad said that hundreds of patients
from AK and Northern Areas visit Al-Shifa Trust
daily but still there are many patients who
are unable to travel to Rawalpindi for their
treatment. For this reason the Board of trustees
of Al-Shifa Trust decided to setup a state of
the art eye hospital in Muzaffarabad.
At this occasion Prime Minister AK appreciated
the great humanitarian work of Al-Shifa Trust
towards the humanity and activities for the
eradication of blindness. He said that the area
of AK was in a dire need of eye hospital and
he is very much pleased that Al-Shifa Trust
is going to establish a complete eye hospital
The prime Minister also announced
an annual grant of Rs. 2 million to Al-Shifa
Trust on behalf of the AK government.
During the meeting with PM AK,
vice president Al-Shifa Trust Mr. Saeed Ahmed
Qureshi, Member board of Trustee Mr. Mian Javaid,
Gen. (Retrd) M. Rahim Khan, executive director
Al-Shifa Trust Brig. (retd) Rizwanullah Asghar
and regular donors of Al-Shifa trust Mr. Hajji
Mohammed Sabir and Hajji Mohammed Jamil and
officials of AK government were also present
on the occasion.