March 26, 2007

Indian, Pakistan doctors join hands to set up medical centre

India and Pakistan have for the first time come together in the health and medical sector to set up an eye hospital.
Dr Daljit Singh, a renowned eye surgeon of India and Padma Shree awardee, laid the foundation stone of the ‘Nankana Medical Complex’ at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak in Pakistan, recently.
Revealing this to mediaperson after his return from Pakistan, Dr Singh said the medical complex would have an ultra modern eye care centre. The it would be a befitting tribute to Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh religion, he added.
‘‘This is perhaps for the first time that a collaboration between the medical experts of India and Pakistan has taken place and a venture of such mammoth proportion has been set up to offer low cost medical facilities in Pakistan,’’ he said.
Dr Singh said his team of doctors including Dr Ravijit Singh, Dr Indu R Singh , Dr Seema and Dr Kiranjit Singh were applying for multiple and all-time visas to Pakistan so that they may be able to perform surgeries, disseminate latest techniques and mobilise eye surgeons within Pakistan to offer services at nominal cost to their people.
Besides, his hospital here would also try to promote availability of equipment, materials and machines to the medical complex at Nankana Sahib, he added.
The complex has been sponsored and executed by the Pakistan Eye Foundation headed by Prof T H Kirmani, president of SAARC foundation, on one acre land.
Under the agreement between the doctors of both countries, there would be an exchange of experts and technical manpower. Strengthening existing training programmes in Pakistan would be his endeavour, Dr Singh said.

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