200-Bed State of the Art Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute being established at Lahore


200-Bed State of the Art Pakistan Kidney
and Liver Institute being established at Lahore

PKLI will function with an autonomous Board of
professionals having highest moral and professional integrity

LAHORE: Construction work is progressing satisfactorily at the 200-Bed State of the Art Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute being established at Educational city in Lahore spread over an area of fifty acres of land provided by the Government of Punjab. The first phase of the institute which will have 200 beds is likely to be completed in 2017. Eventually this healthcare facility will consist of 800 beds hospital, extendable to 1500 beds, whichis expected to set a benchmark in the healthcare sector of Pakistan and to raise the overall standards of the provision of health facilities in the country.  This institution will provide free of cost, state of the art treatment of kidney and liver disease including transplantation.

A view of the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute being
established at Education City Lahore.

As the construction phase is now proceeding, Dr. Saeed Akhter, President PKLI, has embarked upon the most challenging task of gathering the best professionals in the field of medicine to become part of PKLI who will take the responsibility of making this institution the Harvard or John Hopkins of tomorrow.

It may be mentioned here that in Pakistan kidney related diseases are a great burdenand one in every eight Pakistani during his/her lifetime is at risk of suffering from these life-threatening ailments. The menace of Hepatitis B and C is the leading cause of Liver Failure and Liver Cancer. Pakistan carries one of the world’s highest burden of end stage liver disease and mortality due to liver failure and liver cancer. Over 1.2 million patients need liver transplant in the country and 300,000 are in dire need of liver transplant. In Pakistan, Hepatitis B and C have transformed into an epidemic. About ten million people are presumed to be infected with Hepatitis C and according to WHO, Pakistan has the second highest prevalence of Hepatitis C after Egypt. Some of the causative factors include Blood transfusion and intravenous injections with reusable glass syringes, infected blade from the barber’s shop and infected instruments from the roadside dentists which are major sources of hepatitis transmission. Bladder cancer is the 3rd leading cancer, especially in industrialized towns of Punjab, KPK and Karachi secondary to chemical pollution and lack of enforcement of environmental protection policy. Treatment for liver and kidney diseases is costly and time consuming. Cost of travel and treatment, difficulties in visa issues, language barriers and delay in treatment has made treatment outside the country very difficult and out of reach for most people.

For those who want to get treatment within the country, there are very few treatment facilities with latest technology leading to loss of significant number of precious lives from liver and kidney diseases every year. Moreover, the high prevalence of poverty in the country makes it impossible for poor patients to afford the expensive treatment even within the country.

Dr.Saeed Akhtar from PKLI signing a Memorandum of Understanding to build the State of the Art 200-Bed
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute at Educational City Lahore.

The construction of PKLI is a reaffirmation of the promise that was made ten years with Pakistan KidneyInstitutethat fate of the poor patients of Pakistan will not be rusty and foul smelling hospitals. With its formation in year 2004, Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) which is at present located at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad has so far treated more than 86,000 patients besides having established the best residency program in urology and nephrology in the country on the US model. Although the institute continues to serve humanity, the need to do more is strongly felt due to the ever increasing burden of kidney and bladder diseases and the deadly combination of poverty and sickness that continue to play havoc in people’s lives. 

As PKLI will be one of the largest Kidney and Liver Institutes in the world, it aims to provide free of cost state of the art treatmentincluding transplantation to the poor patients, at par with the rich. It will impart the best training to produce future specialist doctors, nurses and paramedics in this field. Cutting edge research and awareness and prevention programs will be among its foremost objectives. PKLI is not a representation of an individual, or a system, or a government, or some corporate agenda, it is a representation of the importance of human lives, irrespective of color, race, religion and financial status.

Another view of the PKLI.

PKLI will function with an autonomous board consisting of professionals with highest moral and professional integrity. With the allocation of 50 acres of land to PKLI in the Lahore Knowledge City, the Government of Punjab has provided utmost support and help to the team PKLI for the project’s timely execution. Provision of a 35MV Grid station, Sui Gas line, External Sewerage System are also underway. The project’s site office is now ready for operations. The efforts behind the achievement of these milestones are numerous and a team of professionals comprising of best from profession and the industry has come together as part of the PKLI team. International medical designers following the most modern hospital design principles carrying the latest and most modern equipment are designing its physical infrastructure. It will be the most beautiful but simple and elegant hospital surrounded by gardens and waterfalls.The persistent support by the Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab and his cabinet and their constant help to the PKLI team, whenever required, have allowed a smooth flow of activities that have resulted into the beginning of the first phase of construction.

Dr. Saeed Akhter is presently serving as President, PKLI & RC as well as president PKI. He is also the CEO of Life Savers Foundation, Pakistan; a nonprofit organization founded in year 2001 for the purpose of teaching doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals. He graduated from Sindh Medical College and is a Diplomat of American Board of Urologist and a fellow of American College of Surgeons. He has done his MPH from YALE University. He has more than twenty five year experience in the fields of Urology and Kidney Transplant. He is one of the few urologists in Pakistan doing complex oncological and reconstructive surgeries.He is currently working as Director postgraduate training program, Director Transplant surgery, consultant urologist and Professor of Urology and kidney transplantation at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad. He has also served as Chairman, Department of Urology at Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA. With years of practice in Urology and Kidney transplant, he returned to Pakistan to serve his country. While serving at Shifa International Hospital, he laid the foundation of Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) in year 2004, in the premises of the hospital to deliver state of the art care in the field of urology and nephrology to underprivileged and poor patients either totally free or at minimum possible cost.