LAHORE - The Punjab Institute of Neurosciences (PINS) is awaiting funds for procurement of equipment in phase-II to complete a unique mega project dedicated to neurology in the premises of Lahore General Hospital.

In the first phase, construction of 10-storey building has been completed with cost of Rs2.45 billion and now partially functional institute needs release of Rs1.5b in the second phase for making it fully functional within six months.

Establishment of a dedicated institute for neurology was suggested by some prominent neurosurgeons over a decade back for reducing burden on LGH, a teaching hospital taking neurology cases not only from Lahore but from across the country.

Postgraduate Medical Institute/LGH has been run by Prof Nazir Ahmed, Prof Tariq Salahud Din and Prof Anjum Habib Vohra, after the idea was floated. Now Prof Khalid Mahmood is supervising the mega project awaiting completion for so many years.

PINS will deal in 10 disciplines including Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, Paeds Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Anesthesia, Radiology and Speech Therapy all under one roof.

The other facilities include parking for 100 cars in two basements, four Neurosurgery Units (50-bed each), three High Dependency Units (three-bed each), a state-of-the-art Spinal Unit (the only such facility in public sector), eight well equipped modern Operation Theatres, a skill lab and conference room with a capacity to accommodate 500 guests.

PGMI Principal Prof Khalid Mahmood said that the institute was partially functional for the last over three months. The PINS would be made functional within six months after release of Rs1.5 billion for procurement of equipment and necessary infrastructure for wards, he added.

Prof Mahmood hoped that the amount would soon be released and the institute would be fully functional early next year. “There is no issue of availability of fund as the government is committed to complete the project at the earliest.

“It will be a state of the art institute dealing cases in varying subspecialties of neurology. PINS will take neurology cases from across the country. It will be a centre of excellence in clinical care and research.

“PINS will provide state of the art healthcare services at par with international standards. Establishment of a dedicated institute will ease burden and enable LGH to deal cases other than neurology.”

Prof Mahmood added: “PINS will have separate faculty. The process of filling posts of Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Senior Registrars will be started soon after getting approval from the government.”

He further hoped the institute would provide postgraduate training to 120 doctors annually after its completion next year.