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UNHCR provides Rs710m equipment to Peshawar hospital

UNHCR provides Rs710m equipment to Peshawar hospital

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Apr 04, 2018 - 13:50

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): UNHCR has procured high-tech machines worth Rs710 million ($6.2million) for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital here to support free treatment for needy patients, including Afghan refugees.

The UN agency said it would provide radiotherapy machines, software and training for technicians to operate the equipment. Radiotherapy uses high-energy radiation to break down cancer cells and treat tumours. The machines will be installed in the newly-built hospital by mid-summer.

UNHCR representative for Pakistaninfo-icon Ruvendrini Menikdiwela and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. Faisal Sultan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard. Officials from the provincial government also attended the event. 

The new cancer equipment will benefit over 30,000 patients every year and an estimated 1,500 new patients will be added annually. Afghans refugees will also benefit from the state-of-the-art cancer treatment.

The UNHCR representative commended the work of the hospital as a symbol of hope for thousands of underprivileged cancer patients in Pakistan, including Afghan refugees. “Treating those in real need and trying to save lives is the noblest act of service to humanity.”

Menikdiwela appreciated the people and government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for hosting Afghan refugees in the spirit of Islamic values of hospitality and generosity for decades.

According to a statement from the UN agency, it has previously constructed the emergency assessment room and provided medical equipment to the Peshawar ShaukatKhanum Hospital in 2015.

UNHCR’s budget to support refugees in the country has increased over recent years. The UN agency also implements the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Programme to support Afghan refugees and their host communities.

Since its launch in 2009, the RAHA programme has provided assistance to over 10.6 million people through 4,100 projects worth $200 million in Pakistan in the sectors of educationinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon, livelihood, water, sanitation, infrastructure and social protection.

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