Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, declared on Thursday that work on the state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Islamabad, which had been put on hold by the previous government, will resume.
The minister announced this via Twitter, claiming that the Islamabad cancer hospital will be reopened soon.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz administration approved the 200-bed cancer hospital during its last term in power. The government had also approved Rs5 billion under the Public Sector Development Program at the time.
The cancer hospital was expected to help 7,000 low-income patients every year. The project was cancelled by the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf administration in 2019. PWD has also prepared the design for the building’s construction by assigning space on the premises of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, making it the first-ever state-of-the-art project fully ready for launch.
According to Ahsan Iqbal, the PTI government shelved several public-interest initiatives started by the PML-N. He stated that the current government will resurrect all stalled projects in the public interest.