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ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Minister for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar on Monday said that the government has started working on establishment of
state-of-the-art medical institution in the federal capital.

Around 237 kanals of land has been allocated in Park Road Islamabad area for this purpose by the government. The land is in close proximity with National Institute of Health and Health Service Academy.

She was talking to Chief Executive, King Hamad University Hospital, Bahrain Maj Gen Dr Shaikh Salman bin Ateytallah Al Khalifa in Bahrain, says a fax message received here from Bahrain.

The minister said that Capital Development Authority (CDA) has given the final approval for land acquisition with costing which will be paid by the government.

She added a case has been initiated by Ministry of National Health Services to secure finances for acquisition of the land.

She said that the institution of learning that is being gifted by Bahrain would produce quality professionals who would serve ailing humanity.

She said Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al-Khalifa and her
delegation visited Ministry of National Health Services to discuss the project.

She was also shown the land allocated for the project in Islamabad and an MoU was agreed with the Kingdom of Bahrain after detailed deliberations between the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of both countries.

She said that after signing of MoU, three committees were constituted included oversight committee for construction of the nursing university, technical committee for curriculum development and other educational matters and legal committee to deal with all legal issues related to the project.

She said that the Prime Minister is keen to initiate the project at the earliest.

“We are looking at an early date for ground breaking of this project and would request high level participation from the Bahrain side.”

She said “We are mindful of the need to maintain highest quality of education at par with international standards in the university as envisioned by the King of Bahrain and Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

It is pertinent to mention here that King of Bahrain during his visit to Pakistan in March 2014, offered to establish a state-of-the-art medical institution as a gift from the people of Bahrain.

The offer was made with the objective to uplift the standard of medical education in the country and producing world class manpower in the field of medical care.