What started out as Pakistan Kidney Institute (PKI) in vicinity of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, around 14 years ago has now become a mega project in shape of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center in Lahore.
To pay back to the community and country at large by offering topnotch medical care that Pakistan has never seen before, PKLI&RC inaugurated its first phase on December 25, 2017.
President and CEO of PKLI&RC Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter’s vision of putting an end to the despairs of Pakistani patients coupled with the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif’s mission of uplifting healthcare standards in the country led to a revolutionary public-private partnership intended for a collaborative effort to set up the state-of-the-art hospital in Pakistan. PKLI&RC, which functions with an autonomous board of governors, vows to elevate the levels of medical care by providing world class treatment facilities to all beside being a hub of activities for the patients who cannot afford to pay their medical bills because of the high costs of such treatments.
The journey started 17 years ago when Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, President and CEO of PKLI&RC, made up his mind to put an end to the miseries of Pakistani patients by arranging excellent and free-of-cost treatment facilities for the people of Pakistan, especially for the underprivileged. He accepted the paramount challenge and resolved to take instantaneous and purposeful actions. Utilizing his vast experience of working in healthcare sector, including years-long experience in the U.S., Dr. Akhter worked tirelessly to devise a solution to these acute problems and founded PKI in 2004. The journey continued with his perseverance in confirming quality healthcare for the public of Pakistan, particularly for those who are downtrodden and deprived, under one umbrella. But the work was ever increasing, the pressure was too much and the space at PKI was very limited, so Dr. Akhter started exploring more options for expanding the services outside Shifa. In this regard, he met with several people and finally he met with the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif who understood the project and Dr. Akhter’s vision of creating the Harvard of tomorrow in Pakistan. Dr. Akhter got so absorbed in the idea that it soon converted into a mission for him. His passion was in line with the vision of the CM, who liked the idea that has the potential to save many lives and decided to provide funding for the initiative with the enthusiasm of serving Pakistanis.
Paving the way for execution of the hospital building plan, the Government of Punjab generously allotted 60 acres of land to the institute in the Lahore Knowledge Park and 20 billion rupees to cover infrastructure costs. Having garnered the much-needed financial and moral support from the Punjab government, Dr. Akhter moved ahead with initial-stage planning and the ground-breaking of the kidney and liver hospital took place on August 14, 2015. PKLI&RC – Trust was established under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Certainly, the provincial government extended unprecedented support and cooperation alongside professional guidance and recommendations for the launch of the huge project. PKLI&RC was formed through an Act of Parliament, “Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute Act 2014”, and got ratified by the Punjab Assembly.