China to assist Pakistan by providing $4m for construction of a 252-bed isolation ward in Islamabad

The building would be developed as a fully air-tight facility, where doors would only be operated through sensors to avoid human contact.

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The construction of a 252-bed Isolation Hospital and Infectious Disease Centre has started in Islamabad. The building would be completed in less than two months with help from China.

Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of the hospital, which is to be built over 40-kanal of land near the National Institute of Health (NIH). It would be constructed by the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) using pre-fabricated light gauge steel structures.

PM Khan applauded the Chinese government for providing $4 million for the construction of the hospital. He added that the facility would be made operational by 10th May 2020.

Seven patient blocks:

The project has seven patient blocks – four for men and three for women. It would also have a laboratory and diagnostic block along with a separate block to offer accommodation to paramedics and doctors.

The building would be developed as a fully air-tight facility, where doors would only be operated through sensors to avoid human contact.

After breaking ground for the new hospital, PM Khan visited the 50-bed quarantine facility which has been set up at Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has also launched a mobile application for Islamabad, through which residents can access various services.

These facilities include:

  • E-police,
  • Emergency services,
  • Payment of utility bills,
  • Notifications verification,
  • City guide,
  • Issuance of domicile,
  • CNIC,
  • Land record,
  • Arms license,
  • Vehicle registration,
  • Token tax,
  • Birth and death certificates and others.

The PM announced that if the app is successful, it would be replicated across Pakistan.

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