Public welfare

Prime Minister Shehbaz urges philanthropists to come forward and execute public welfare projects

LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif stressed on Sunday that national interests must come first when running public welfare projects, including hospitals serving the masses.

He was addressing a dedication ceremony for Saleem Memorial Trust Hospital. The six-story, 350-bed hospital is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art treatment facilities.

The Prime Minister congratulated the owners of the Trust and expressed the hope that the hospital would serve ailing humanity with world-class treatment facilities.

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He said Trust managers would not only win patients’ prayers, but also win blessings in the world to come. The Prime Minister expressed his confidence that the experienced hands of the hospital would run the facility efficiently.

The Prime Minister said that they had established the PKLI Hospital in Lahore on this model to serve the masses with the latest treatment facilities and he wanted it to operate like the John Hopkins healthcare facility. Hepatitis screening centers in Punjab province were established under his patronage and patients from all over the country came for treatment, he added.

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He regretted that dirty politics had been played out during the reign of the last government. The PML-N government was changed and what happened in the past four years was a painful story, he said, adding that the national wealth belonged to the people.

The prime minister, referring to economic constraints, said the government was struggling to meet its expenses. He said that 1122 was an initiative of Pervaiz Elhai but that he had extended it to the whole province.

The Prime Minister urged philanthropists to come forward and execute such public welfare projects across the country.

Earlier, Trust President Shehzad Saleem gave an overview of the project. The Prime Minister visited different sections of the hospital and was briefed on the availability of treatment facilities including Oncology, Cardiology and OPD.