Pakistan Kidney, Liver Institute & Research Center will have 800 beds which may be increased to 1500-Beds


 Services started after completion of Phase-I

Pakistan Kidney, Liver Institute & Research
Center will have 800
beds which may be
increased to 1500-Beds

Once fully complete, it will have 100-bed emergency center,
a 100-bed ICU, a 100-bed outpatient dialysis facility,
20 operating rooms and 10 same-day surgery suites

The facility is run and managed by professionals
with highest moral and professional integrity

LAHORE: Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center inaugurated its first phase in Lahore on December 25, 2017, with an aim to be a center of excellence in healthcare. The hospital will provide state-of-the-art health facilities to the people of Pakistan, especially to the underprivileged and underserved.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter

The journey started 17 years ago when Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, President and CEO of PKLI&RC, came back to Pakistan from the U.S. to serve his nation. He laid the foundation of Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, in 2004 with an aim to deliver advanced care in the field of urology and nephrology to the poor patients either totally free or at minimum possible cost.

Realizing the huge burden of disease in Pakistan, Dr. Akhter made up his mind to establish a much bigger healthcare facility in the country. In this regard, he met with the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who understood Dr. Akhter’s vision of creating the Harvard of tomorrow in Pakistan and decided to support the noble cause. The Government of Punjab, under the leadership of its Chief Minister, provided sixty acres of land and twenty billion rupees to PKLI&RC for covering infrastructure costs.

A view of the Phase-I building of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center at Lahore.

PKLI&RC is reported to be the only healthcare project designed on JCIA (USA) standards in the history of Pakistan. In the first phase, the hospital commenced its operations with a range of services, including OPD consulting clinics, inpatient facility, pathology, clinical laboratory, pharmacy, operating rooms, intensive care services and radiology with a complete range of modern equipment. The hospital’s large dialysis unit, opening with 23 machines, will expand to 100 machines eventually making PKLI one of the biggest dialysis facilities in Pakistan. In nuclear medicines, SPECT Scans and PET Scans facilities will be operational soon. Pathology services will include haematology, biochemistry, blood bank, transplant immunology, molecular pathology, histopathology and microbiology.

Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif along with Prof. M. Saeed and
others offering Dua after performing the inauguration of the Phase-I of PKLI

PKLI, which functions under an autonomous board of governors consisting of professionals with the highest moral and professional integrity, has operationalized OPD services in its highly specialized departments, including Urology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Kidney Transplant, and Liver Transplant. The patients will be offered support services such as endocrinology, pulmonology, paediatrics, cardiology, psychiatry, internal medicine, interventional radiology and anaesthesiology.

Hepatitis Prevention and
Treatment Clinics

The hospital established Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Program (HPTP) in 2016 to eliminate hepatitis B and C from Pakistan by 2030 as per the mandate of World Health Organization. Under this program, PKLI team planned to set up 25 satellite clinics in Punjab.

The plan is being executed in full swing and satellite clinics in Lahore, Kasur, Rajanpur, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Chiniot, Chakwal, Narowal, Khanewal, Shujabad, Lodhran, Okara, Hafizabad, Attock, Mianwali, Bahawalnagar, Nankana Sahib, Pakpattan and Bhakkar districts have been established so far. To date, around 80,000 people have been screened for hepatitis B and C, vaccinated against hepatitis B and treated by these clinics. Five more clinics will be operational by March this year.

A view of the Dialysis Services which started few months ago.

Commencing with the capacity of more than 100 beds in the first phase, PKLI will eventually be a facility of 800 beds, extendable up to 1500 beds, with a 100-bed emergency center, a 100-bed ICU, a 100-bed outpatient dialysis facility, a 500-bed in-patient facility, 20 operating rooms and 10 same-day surgery suites. The hospital was conceptualized as a “Hospital in a Garden.” Consistent with this bright concept, the hospital is planned to have plenty of trees, plants and grassy fields to create a healing environment keeping in view the positive impact of the nature and greenery on a patient.

To deliver excellent healthcare to the patients of kidney and liver diseases, PKLI is proud to have triggered the biggest reverse migration of brain in the history of Pakistan’s healthcare industry. The pool of specialists and consultants at the hospital is evidently unmatched in the health sector of Pakistan. The institute is blessed to have onboard a nice mix of expatriate and local doctors, who have extensive experience of working at various national and international hospitals, institutions and centers. Also, the hospital has a motivated team of qualified foreign and Pakistani nurses and support staff. PKLI&RC has established a customized training program for the newly-hired nurses to enable them to enhance their knowledge and skills for the provision of high-quality and efficient care to the patients.

Promotion of Research Culture

In a bid to redefine the medical care in Pakistan, PKLI&RC is promoting research culture to gather national and international scientists and clinicians on one platform for innovative research. All research works carried out at the liver and kidney institute are reviewed by Institutional Review Board. PKLI&RC has been working in close coordination with Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab, a prestigious research center of the country, on a verity of scientific topics of mutual interest. Some of the best trained residents and fellows have been participating in PKLI&RC’s basic and clinical research. Specific areas of future research would encompass stem cells, cancer, stone, cytogenetics, molecular biology and bioethical research in line with high ethical and international standards.

An artistic rendering of proposed-building once it is fully completed and commissioned.

PKLI will inaugurate its second phase in the second quarter of 2018. The hospital will start kidney and liver transplantation in 2018. The hospital also has plans to establish a university to build future indigenous human resource providing world class education and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels along with launching a radio station and a TV channel focused on healthcare education.

The hospital is prepared to ensure the highest level of diagnostics and clinical services for patients to set a new benchmark in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It will keep offering state-of-the-art clinical care, highest level of medical education and research, and through these excellence measures, it will become Harvard, Cambridge or Johns Hopkins of Pakistan, Insha’Allah!

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