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With the advent of Pakistan Kidney Center, an estimated population of 10 million deserving patients will benefit from state-of-the-art kidney dialysis technology, latest medical facilities, and highly trained doctors and kidney specialists.

Pakistan Welfare Society, Jeddah (PWS) has been actively engaged in social services since 2006 under patronage of the Pakistan Consulate, Jeddah. In addition to holding free medical camps every fortnight, the PWS is instrumental in conducting value-adding health seminars, employment and educational workshops across Saudi Arabia. Renowned expatriates and philanthropists formally support the operations of PWS.

PWS arranged its 2nd Annual Dinner for Pakistan Kidney Centre on Friday 5th July 2013 at Lasani Banquet Hall. Jeddah

H.E. Aftab Ahmed Khokhar. Consul General Pakistan, was the Chief Guest and Hon. Khaled Almaeena, Editor-in-Chief, Saudi Gazette, was the Guest-of-Honor.

The event was attended by over 200 elite Saudi and Pakistani doctors, engineers, and business executives. Prominent socialites included Hon. Tahseem Haqqi, Vice Consul (Welfare), Pakistan Consulate Jeddah, Mr. Zafar Talpur, President Fuchs Al-Hamrani Group, Dr. Asif Malik, Senior Cardiologist, King Fahd Hospital, Mr. Naseer Khan, CEO, Rusd Investment Bank, Mr. Masood Jawaid, Social worker, and Mr. Azad Iqbal (Grandson of Allama Iqbal).

Presided by Dr. Khalil ur Rehman, the event started with grace and dignity. Tilawat-e-Quran was done by Qari Muhammad Asif and Naat-e-Rasool was presented Mr. Nawaz Janjua.

Dr. Naqi Idrees, Kidney Specialist from King Faisal Hospital, delivered a useful seminar on “Healthy Ramadan” and provided valuable tips on health priorities during Ramadan

Dr. Shams Toor, hosted the event and enriched the audience with progress report on Pakistan Welfare Society and its flagship project Pakistan Kidney Center, currently under construction in Abbottabad, North Pakistan.

Participants were deeply moved by Mr. Aamir Hameed, a kidney patient who elaborated “live account” of kidney dialysis and advised on how best to avoid kidney ailments.

Pakistan Welfare Society’s Founder/President, Dr. Khalil ur Rehman, himself a kidney specialist, advised on the construction status of Pakistan Kidney Center and presented latest slides and videos on the project.

Supervised by a socially-active Board of Trustees, PKC is being managed with full devotion and transparency. The construction of PKC was inaugurated in December 2012 by famous scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, and is planned to be completed within two years. The land (11,184 sqf) located on Main Karakoram Highway, 5 kilometers south of Abbottabad, has generously been donated by one of the trustees.

Project cost (construction and equipment) estimated to be Pak Rupees 126 million (Saudi Riyals 4.8 million) is being raised through private donations from all over the world.

Building foundation works having been completed, the ground floor construction has recently started. The target is to start the fully functional Pakistan Kidney Center in December 2014.

A kidney dialysis patient spends Pak Rupees 15,000 (Saudi Riyals 600) every week, in addition to the medicines. This exorbitant cost of treatment is unaffordable by majority of dialysis patients in developing countries like Pakistan, especially in Northern areas of Peshawar, Kohat, Abbottabad, Hazara, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, inter alia.

With the advent of Pakistan Kidney Center, an estimated target population of 10 million poor and deserving patients will benefit from state-of-the-art kidney dialysis technology, latest medical facilities, and highly trained doctors and kidney specialists.

We are trying our level best to start the Out Patients Department (OPD) as early as March 2014 to cater for thousands of kidney patients awaiting desperately for PKC“, said Dr. Khalil ur Rehman

Dr. Khalil ur Rehman thanked the Pakistani and Saudi communities for their participation and invited everyone to review the PKC website: http://www.pkc.com.pk

Saudi Gazette Editor-in-Chief, Honorable Khalid Almaeena warmly commended Pakistan Welfare Society on providing free medical services to deserving patients in Saudi Arabia consistently since 2006. He stressed on the participants to join hands towards building the Pakistan Kidney Centre. He hoped the Pakistan Kidney Center will emerge as a world-class hospital, research and training center in the region.

H.E Consul General Aftab Khokhar, in his key address, expressed satisfaction on the progress of PWS and PKC. He emphasized that Pakistan Welfare Society has regularly organized free medical camps every fortnight since 2006 and has to date treated 31,000 patients. He lauded the efforts to construct Pakistan Kidney Center and assured of formal support.

H.E Aftab Khokhar provided general review of Pakistani workers affected by the Kingdom’s regulations to regularize Iqama status. Over 5,000 Pakistanis have successfully been assisted by the Pakistan Consulate in finding new jobs and new sponsors. Pakistani Consulate staff has been working with untiring dedication to resolve the issues.

H.E Aftab Khokhar expressed gratitude to Saudi Government for extending the notice period to 3rd Nov 2013 and wished all Pakistanis and Saudis a “Happy Ramadan”.

The 200 guests enjoyed the event proceedings and the sumptuous dinner. Guests were also treated with gifts of Ajwa dates and Saudi Gazette newspapers.

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