CDWP Grants Rs.11.2 Billion for Three Health Projects


by Hamna Bano

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To facilitate common people, the federal government has approved three health projects. 

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved a state-of-the-art National Police Hospital in Islamabad and also the upgradation of the Radiology Departments at Sheikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute Lahore worth Rs. 11.258 billion. 

The establishment of a cancer hospital in Islamabad worth Rs. 3.4 billion is the need of the hour keeping in view the increasing number of cases.

The hospital will be made in the city’s largest public sector hospital known as the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). As of now, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Oncology department is the only government-held cancer treatment facility. 


This 200-bed cancer hospital was approved during the tenure of PML-N from 2013-2017 under vision 2025. PTI on the other hand suspended the project in their tenure, making the poor suffer a lot. 

It has been estimated by the International Agency for Research that more than 178,000 cancer cases are diagnosed every year and more than 200,8000 cancer deaths occur annually. 

Less than 250 individuals have qualified in Pakistan as trained radiation oncologists or medical oncologists. There is only one cancer specialist per 0.5m population. 

According to the Ministry of National Health Services, CMH Rawalpindi, Shifa Hospital, and hospitals running under the supervision of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission are providing cancer treatment to patients of Islamabad and the adjoining areas. 

A total of 27 cancer facilities are present at the moment in Pakistan and medical experts say, “Pakistan is facing a severe shortage of cancer treatment facilities and only 10,000 to 15,000 patients a year can be treated. They believe that unhealthy poor nutrition, lifestyle, rapid and unplanned urbanization are some key factors responsible for an increased burden of cancer on poor people in the country.”

A total of 200 beds will be set up in the hospital, which will include 75 adult oncology, 25 beds for peads, 25 Beds for ICU, 20 beds for an emergency, 25 beds for women oncology, and 30 beds for a private emergency will be available.  

Also, currently, there is no dedicated hospital for police personnel as they have to get treatment from PIMS or Polyclinic Hospital Islamabad.