FAISALABAD: “Sahara for Life Trust” is launching new mega welfare projects to mitigate the sufferings of the ailing humanity and under this program; a most modern and fully equipped cancer hospital is nearing completion with an additional and innovative facility of “Pain Management Department” to accommodate cancer patients of last stage, said national celebrity Mr. Ibrar-ul-Haq who is also heading “Sahara for Life Trust” and Red Crescent Pakistan.

Addressing a function in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) here today, he said that his NGO has launched multiple health and education related projects particularly in the backward district of Narowal. He expressed his inability to undertake such mega projects alone and said that it was the support of Allah Almighty and philanthropists to undertake and continuously run these investment-intensive projects.

He said that this trust has the privilege to establish Sugra Shafi Medical Complex, medical college and educational institutions where free facilities are being provided to destitute patients and deserving students.

He said that about 300,000 people die of cancer in Pakistan every year and he wanted to give relief to the patients suffering from malignant cancer.

He said that the cancer hospital is in the final stage of completion where no patient will be denied admission despite the severity of the disease. He said that a costly machine worth Rs.2.5 million dollars is required for this hospital to minimize the pain of patients. He said that a state-of-the-art pain management department will be added in the hospital to make life easy for those patients who are in the final stage of cancer.

He said that a special dinner would be arranged in the month of March to collect funds for these welfare projects. He said that he wanted to include one or two people from Faisalabad in the board of the trust. “It will not only restore the donor’s confidence but they could also give their valuable suggestions to further improve the administration, policy formulation and decision making.

Abrar-ul-Haq said that the current managing body of the Red Crescent has already exhausted and a new body will be formed after the Emergent General Body Meeting next month to take decisions on important projects. He appreciated the proposal floated by President FCCI Engineer Hafiz Ehtesham Javed to upgrade and give status of Medical College to Red Crescent Hospital Faisalabad and said that he would take a final decision on it in consultation with the newly constituted board.

About the services rendered by Sahara, he said that it had established a 120-bed isolation hospital within a notice of 15 days with 15 ventilators.

He further said that during the lockdown period free food was provided to 900,000 people daily and this exercise continued for about 1.5 month.

Earlier, FCCI President Engineer Hafiz Ehtesham Javed also addressed the meeting and said that government’s sources of income are limited. Government’s expenditure is about Rs.8500 billion where its tax collection stands at Rs.4200 billion only. Hence we must try to accomplish collective issues on a self help basis.

He welcomed the proposed dinner of Abrar-ul-Haq and told a trade delegation of Faisalabad Chamber is scheduled to visit Turkey from March 15 to 21. Therefore, date of the proposed dinner should be fixed by keeping the visit of FCCI delegation in view.

Later, Madam Tehmina Pasha, President Faisalabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented FCCI memento to Mr. Abrarul Haq. 

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