DONATION APPEAL FOR SKM CANCER HOSPITAL
Each year, Pakistan is faced with an increasing burden of cancer. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is striving not just to enhance its capacity to treat more poor cancer patients but also to continuously upgrade its existing services. Only your generous support makes this possible. I congratulate you on the inauguration of SKMCH&RC, Peshawar and I thank you for living my dream with me, not once, but twice.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the major achievements in the continued development of our Hospitals over the past twelve months.
In Lahore, the operation theatres have undergone expansion to meet the ever-increasing needs of the Hospital. I am proud to be able to tell you that, in line with international standards of healthcare, we have introduced two specialized healthcare units to our services. These are the Surgical Extended Care Unit (SECU) and the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Bay (OPAT Bay) – both these additions will not only improve the quality of healthcare delivery at the Hospital, but will also contribute to reduced length of patients’ hospital stay. The capacity of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) has been increased from 6 beds to 16 beds – enabling the PACU to cater to the workload of 8 operation theatres. The addition of a Counseling Room and a new Paediatric Holding Bay, with a child-friendly ambience, exemplify SKMCH&RC’s commitment to treat patients in a holistic manner – taking care of the patients’ emotional and psychological needs as well as their physical health needs.
In Peshawar, as planned, the Hospital has commenced clinical services, with outpatient clinics, inpatient beds, a fully equipped intensive care unit (ICU), a full-service pharmacy and twenty-four hour emergency services all fully functional. In addition, our chemotherapy service has also commenced operations at the hospital, which is of tremendous benefit to our patients, who were previously required to make repeated physically, emotionally and financially demanding trips to Lahore to have cyclical chemotherapy treatments every few weeks. In conjunction with the commencement of clinical services, the full range of Pathology and Radiology services have also begun in Peshawar. The Radiology department has X-Ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, mammography, CT and MRI facilities, and our PET-CT scanner, the first in Pakistan north of Lahore, should also be operational this summer. It goes without saying that we require your continuous support to commence Radiation Oncology services, planned for 2018, and surgical services in 2020 as part of phase two and phase three of the Hospital. I am proud to say that the SKMCH&RC, Peshawar is built according to the latest international healthcare standards and is an even bigger hospital than SKMCH&RC, Lahore.
In Karachi, patient activity at the Shaukat Khanum Diagnostic Centre and Clinic continues to increase steadily. I am pleased to be able to tell you that we now have land in Karachi and plans for the third SKMCH&RC are already underway. Inshallah, there will be a formal announcement of the Karachi hospital project later this year.
I know the pain of losing a loved one to cancer and I wish that no one else had to go through this ordeal. Today, a poor cancer patient can hope to avoid this pain only because of your generous Zakat and donations. I am proud that the Hospital has earned your trust over the years, through the careful and judicious use of your Zakat and donations, exemplified by the increasing number of patients treated each
year at the Hospital. For two operational hospitals, I believe that, together, we can redouble our resolve and exceed our target of CAD 106 million in the year 2016. I hope this Ramzan, too, with your generous support that the ray of hope which is Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital will shine brightly for many thousands of poor cancer patients.
With warmest personal regards,
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