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21-Aug-2000 12:00:00 am

KARACHI : A new medical centre of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), Pakistan in Bihar Colony was inaugurated here on Friday by Deputy Commissioner South, Shoaib Siddiqui.

Members of the Colony's Panchayat Committee and senior local government officials attended the ceremony.

The Bihar Colony centre offers the facilities of specialist consulting clinics, ultrasound, laboratory and minor surgical procedures.

Working together with the Aga Khan Diagnostic Centre and Aga Khan Maternity Home, Kharadar, the centre will provide facilities in surgeries and onsite delivery registration for its users.

Mrs Fawzia Hoodbhoy, Manager Karachi Maternity Homes and Diagnostic Centres, AKHS, spoke about the services offered at the centre and said that it was established with the intent to offer affordable health car services to the people of Bihar Colony right at their doorstep.

Stephen Hayes, chief executive and Dr Hanif Esmail, chairman AKHS stressed the need for considerate and compassionate health care.

Shoaib Siddiqui, in his speech, appreciated the activities of the AKHS and its contribution to improving health care in Pakistan.

He emphasised the need for a partnership between government and non-government agencies in further imparting health care in the country.

AKHS is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which is a group of institutions working to improve living conditions and facilitating opportunities in the developing world.

The Network's institutions have individual mandates that range from programmes in the field of health care, rural support, education to architecture, rural development, humanitarian assistance and the promotion of private sector enterprise.-APP

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