Pakistan Kidney Centre: A social welfare project by PWS, Jeddah
A great number of social welfare projects are being carried out in Jeddah, and especially with Ramadan coming up, Jeddah Blog would like to highlight the excellent work being done by the Pakistan Welfare Society in Jeddah. Rohail Khan, senior banker and philanthropist sends us this report on the free medical camps conducted by the PWS not only in Jeddah and its surrounding areas, but also its tireless efforts in building a free Kidney Centre in Pakistan.
The October 2005 earthquake in North Pakistan shook everybody in the region. Huge loss of lives and properties across 200 towns was simply irreparable and still haunts many of us.
The sad incident deeply moved Doctor Khalil ur Rahman, Senior Physician and Kidney Specialist, serving in the King Faisal Hospital, Jeddah since 1999. Hailing from Abbottabad, Pakistan Dr. Khalil ur Rahman, showing extraordinary zeal, promptly managing to donate an ambulance to the earthquake disaster recovery authorities.
Back in Jeddah, he kindled the flame of social welfare among Pakistani expatriates and succeeded in inspiring a pool of like-minded doctors and philanthropists. Consequently, on 17th May 2006, the Pakistan Welfare Society (PWS) was formally established under the patronage of Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah. PWS is a trust incorporated in Pakistan, working as a social welfare organization with no political or religious affiliation.
It is worthwhile to mention that since May 2006 to date, PWS has regularly arranged fortnightly Free Medical Camps providing medical diagnosis, laboratory tests, and medicines to needy persons regardless of age, gender or nationality. The geographical coverage of these free medical camps has now broadened to Jeddah, Taif, Makkah Mukarramah, and Medinah Munawwarah.
Under the able leadership of Dr. Khalil ur Rahman, PWS recently conducted its 180th free medical camp in Jeddah. This consistent humanitarian performance is indeed commendable.
To date, over 31,000 persons in the western region have benefitedfrom PWC’s free medical services. PWS also holds periodic health seminars on cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney ailments, smoking hazards, and adolescent healthcare. In these seminars, specialist doctors from Europe and USA impart health education to the general public.
Pakistan Kidney Center (PKC) is a Specialist Hospital Project launched by the PWS, currently under construction at Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Himself a Kidney Specialist, Dr. Khalil ur Rahman has nurtured the establishment of PKC. The foundation stone of PKC was officially laid by renowned scientist. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on 2nd December, 2012.
A kidney dialysis patient spends on average Pak Rupees 15,000 (Saudi Riyals 600) every week, in addition to the medicines. This exorbitant cost of treatment is unaffordable by the majority of dialysis patients in developing countries like Pakistan, especially in the Northern areas of Peshawar, Kohat, Abbottabad, Hazara, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, inter alia.
With the advent of the Pakistan Kidney Center, an estimated target population of 10 million poor and deserving patients will benefitfrom state-of-the-art kidney dialysis technology, latest medical facilities, and highly trained doctors and kidney specialists.
With the help of Almighty Allah, the Pakistan Kidney Center (PKC) will offer free services including laboratory tests for kidney and renal diseases, kidney dialysis and transplant to the deserving patients.
Within two years PKC aims to launch Outreach Services whereby qualified doctors will travel in mobile laboratories to distant towns and villages in order to diagnose kidney patients and refer them to Main Hospital at PKC, Abbottabad.
Within five years, PKC has planned to become a Regional Training Center to train doctors from Middle East and South Asia in the specialist field of nephrology (kidney diseases).
The construction of PKC commenced in December 2012 and is planned to be completed within two years. The land (11,184 sqf) located on Main Karakoram Highway, 5 kilometres south of Abbottabad, has generously been donated by one of the trustees.
Pakistan Kidney Center will be a “dream come true” for Dr. Khalil ur Rahman and thousands of deserving kidney patients. He has proven that “one man can make a difference”. Through his courage and perseverance, PKC will emerge as Pakistan’s second largest Kidney Specialist Hospital.
The project cost (construction and equipment) estimated to be Pak Rupees 126 million (Saudi Riyals 4.8 million) shall be raised through private donations from all over the world and is deemed adequate to bring the hospital to a fully functional state.
The building foundation works having been completed, and the ground floor construction has recently started. The target is to inaugurate the fully functional Pakistan Kidney Center in December 2014.
Pakistan Kidney Center will be a dream come true for Dr. Khalil ur Rahman and thousands of deserving kidney patients. He has tacitly proven that one man can make a difference. Through his courage and perseverance, PKC will emerge as Pakistan’s second largest Kidney Specialist Hospital. See below for a presentation on the Pakistan Kidney Centre.
A Special Message for Jeddah Blog Readers
Our kidneys are extremely important organs. Not only do they help the body to get rid of harmful waste and toxins, but they are also responsible for regulating blood pressure, producing hormones, and regulating vital biological functions. The kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining balance of the body systems and overall general health. Unfortunately, not many people understand the vital role of kidneys. Consequently, in many cases, complacency and neglect lead to unnecessary kidney ailments.
A careless diet, inactive lifestyle, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and low intake of water are the most common causes of kidney failure. We must study and take measures to maintain healthy kidneys.