Islamabad - Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar yesterday said that concrete measures are being made to establish state-of-the-art cancer hospital in the federal capital.

Speaking in the Senate during question hour the minister said Ministry

of Health was seriously considering to set up 500-bed cancer hospital and

Rs 300 million had been allocated for financial year 2016-17. She said PC-1 had been submitted by M/S Progressive Consultants to Ministry of health with a total cost of around Rs 21 billion, adding after approval the PC-1 would be forwarded to Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform for consideration by Central Developmental Working Party (CDWP) and Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

However, she said the site of construction of the health facility had not been finalized, adding a 20 to 25 acre land was required for standalone, cancer hospital.

For this purpose, she added chairman CDA had been requested to provide the land at suitable place, where people from all over Pakistan could easily approach. She said hospital would provide comprehensive cancer treatment for all types of cancers and also impart postgraduate, undergraduate and paramedical training in all branches of oncology, to generate trained medical and paramedical manpower in the field of oncology for the country.