Asia's biggest children eye hospital to be set up in Islamabad

The hospital will house 13 eye specialist doctors, while the required strength is 16 doctors in total.

Asia\\’s biggest children\\’s eye hospital is being developed in Islamabad by The Al-Shifa Trust. A leading eye trust announced that the hospital\\’s establishment will cost approximately Rs. 1 billion and will have a treating capacity of 150,000 children annually.

The President of The Al-Shifa Trust Maj. Gen. (Retd) Rehmat Khan said:

The project is in the final stage at the premises of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi. Once established, it will have the capacity to cater to the needs of 500 OPD patients per day.

Speaking to a media outlet, the President announced that their research data, comprising school screening results, indicate that 20 percent of children have some eye problems. In comparison, 5 percent have severe eye disorders. He said:

The trust is constructing the first children\\’s eye hospital in the country with 500 OPDs. Fifty complicated surgeries would be performed here in a day. This facility will be the biggest hospital in Asia, as far as the capacity is concerned, for which we are thankful to the philanthropists and the donors.

According to Rehmat Khan, the children\\’s hospital has been linked with the hospital\\’s main operation rooms. All necessary equipment for the hospital has been purchased. However, the hospital will house 13 eye specialist doctors, while the required strength is 16 doctors in total.

Rehmat Khan shed light on the importance of eye care since birth too. He stated:

\\’\\’Children\\’s eye screening should be mandatory as a lack of awareness creates a lot of problems in the children as they grow. Babies develop the focusing ability, color vision, and depth perception by six months of age; therefore, they should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months. Their eyes should then be examined at age three, just before they enter the school, as our future is linked to children. Premature babies should be examined soon after birth so that timely action could be taken to prevent any problem\\’\\’.

The President further informed:

School-aged children should have an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses should be examined annually or as recommended by the eye doctor.

The President of Al-Shifa Trust concluded by referring to his achievement and exclaimed:

So far, we have been able to treat more than six million patients in the OPDs. More than 600,000 surgeries have been performed in the hospitals run by the trust at Rawalpindi, Kohat, Sukkar, and Muzafarabad.

We wish Al-Shifa trust the best of luck in their health mission and hope that they continue helping people.

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