Islamabad to have its own Organ Transplant Institution

The health facilities will include liver transplant, a cure for different types of cancer, kidney transplant, and other complicated diseases.

For the provision of quality health facilities, A state of the art organ transplant institute and A medical city will be established in Islamabad with the help of philanthropists. The health facilities will include liver transplant, a cure for different types of cancer, kidney transplant, and other complicated diseases.

Renowned transplant surgeon and former CEO of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) Prof Dr. Saeed Akhtar said:

“I have recently visited the US and have convinced philanthropists to come to Pakistan and play their role in building the transplant center. Some of the philanthropists, Also in Pakistan, have shown a keen interest in establishing a state of the art transplant institute and medical city,”

While answering a question, Dr. Akhtar said the aim of acquiring land in the outskirts of Islamabad for building the medical city was to provide a tranquil environment for patients coming from Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and northern areas.

He also added that land in urban areas is a lot more expensive than rural areas. Dr. Akhtar served as Chairman of the Urology Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, US and in various other institutions. He recently returned to Pakistan and began working for a private hospital.

In 2014, the Dr. had a meeting with former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif during which it was decided to establish PKLI. Doctors from abroad also joined PKLI.

Dr. Akhtar said that as per the initial idea, the Punjab government had to fund the establishment of PKLI in the first phase and the institute’s management would then fund the remaining product, including the construction of a 1,500-bed hospital.

However, the introduction of Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) by the PTI government brought an end to PKLI’s autonomy, making Dr. Akhtar quit the institute since, according to him, PKLI had turned into another government-run hospital.

Then I decided to establish an organ transplant and research institute in the private sector with the help of philanthropists. Many people in Islamabad have also approached me to finance an organ transplant and research institute on the pattern of PKLI where the poor of the society would be provided quality health facilities including kidney, liver and other transplants free of charge. Initially, it would be a small institute as compared to PKLI but ultimately, it would be run as a state-of-the-art organ transplant and research institute,” Dr. Akhtar said.

While responding to a question, he said that in addition to their efforts for liver transplants at Pakistani health institutions, research should be done on regenerative medicine and stem-cell technology, as in the next 20 years, there will be no need for liver transplants due to regeneration of organs using stem-cell technology.


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