ISLAMABAD: Women in Pakistan being exposed to the deadly breast cancer disease got a chance to have a new life, as the Breast Cancer Screening Centre project in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has entered into its last stages and is likely to be functional by next year. According to details, the Ministry Capital Administration & Development division (CAD) and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has boasted their efforts to meet the deadline to establish the Breast Cancer Screening Centre, the first of its kind in federal capital.
The documents of the project revealed that Rs 225 million worth project is a joint venture of Ministry for Capital Administration & development division (CAD) and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences to coup the growing number of breast cancer patients across the country to provide state of art free medical facilities, medi-care and medicine to the patients under one roof.
While talking exclusively to The Daily Patriot the spokesperson of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and the Deputy Project Director for the Breast Cancer Screening Centre, Dr. Ayesha Isani Majeed revealed that the project will be completed by 2015 in collaboration with Capital administration authority. “During the fiscal year 2014-15, around 157 million rupees had been allocated for the project and now the Ministry for CAD has finally released the 1st Quarter of 31 million” Dr. Ayesha added.
Elaborating further She was of the view that the tender for the purchase of ‘Mammography machine’ is under way, where as a Coloured Doppler lastograpgy Ultrasound machine costing 5.5 million has been added to the stock last year in order to screen the disease. NOC for civil works has been issued by the Ministry for Housing and Works via letter no F.60 (NOC) 2014/AEA dated 14-10-2014, she added further.
A multi-story infrastructure, Dr. Ayesha observed, comprising 14ooo square feet land will provide Initial screening and detection, biopsy, ultrasound and mammography to the patients under one ceiling. To a question Dr. Ayesha told the scribe that, initially consultant oncologist, surgeons and radiologist of Pakistan institute of medical sciences will provide their services in treating the breast cancer patient while after sometime this unit will perform their duty independently.”
Dr. Aneeza, another consultant psychiatrist and senior member National breast cancer screening program said that in collaboration with CAD, ICT, PIMS, volunteer students of Medical and dental colleges of federal capital, special campaign to promote awareness among masses regarding Breast cancer have been launched in 12 Union councils, universities, colleges and schools of feral city.
It is pertinent to mention here that at present only two major Pakistani health facilities including Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Agha Khan Research Center are facilitating the patients with breast cancer. Due to alarming rise in the number of breast cancer patients across the country, these two hospital are proving insufficient to treat every patient, as out of every nine Pakistani females one is exposed to the deadly as well as costliest disease.