LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced Rs2 billion grant for construction of a new campus of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) at Muridke.

The 120-acre land for the new campus would be provided by the Muridke government. He addressed the convocation of KEMU on Tuesday and said the health sector was among the government priorities and it was providing utmost resources for the provision of treatment facilities.

The CM congratulated the graduates, saying their parents have pinned hopes on them. He said attending the annual convocation of KEMU was an honour for him. He maintained that doctors should spare no effort in the treatment of patients.

“Doctors should abide by code of conduct. The common man has rights to medical facilities.” He urged the doctors to attend patients in backward areas and asked them to submit proposals for the improvement.

The Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Muzaffargarh would be fully outsourced, he maintained.

Earlier, KEMU Vice Chancellor Faisal Masood highlighted the academic activities of the institution. He admired the government measures for improving the standard of education.

The CM awarded gold medals to position-holders. The VC presented a shield to the Punjab CM.

Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Health Imran Nazir, faculty members, doctors, students and experts attended the convention.