|Date: January 05, 2018|
|PSO DONATES FUNDS FOR DESERVING CHILD PATIENTS TO RECEIVE TREATMENT AT THE AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL|
|Pakistan State Oil (PSX: PSO), the largest oil marketing company of the country, has donated Rs. 20 million to The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) for treatment of at least 40 children from humble background who are born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). The announcement came during an official signing ceremony held at the University Hospital premises in Karachi.|
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a birth defect in the structure of the heart. Over 60,000 children are born each year with this life-threatening condition in Pakistan.
The donations by PSO CSR Trust has been made through the Patients Behbud Society for AKUH (PBS), a charitable society responsible for collecting and disbursing zakat, in order to help mustehiq patients receive high quality medical treatment at The Aga Khan University Hospital, its clinics and medical centers.
Sheikh Imranul Haque, MD & CEO, PSO, presented the cheque of support on behalf of the PSO CSR Trust to Mr. Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Chairman, Patients Behbud Society for AKUH. Mr. Imran Rana, Deputy General Manager – Corporate Communications, PSO, signed and exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Nadeem Mustafa Khan. Mr. Hans Kedzierski, CEO, AKUH Pakistan, Mr. Babar H Chaudhry, Trustee from the PSO CSR Trust and other senior officials from both sides were also present to witness the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sheikh Imranul Haque, MD & CEO, PSO said:
“This is unfortunate that 50,000 to 60,000 children are born with congenital heart diseases (CHD) every year in Pakistan out of which many die in neonatal life due to lack of proper medical treatment. We at PSO believe that children are the future of the nation. It is therefore our social responsibility to help provide quality healthcare facilities to them regardless of their background.”
“PSO thorough its CSR Trust is very pleased to partner with The Aga Khan University Hospital and its Patients Behbud Society. We have been regularly donating funds to save precious lives of children and will continue to play our role in making their lives safe and better.”
Mr. Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Chairman, Patients` Behbud Society for AKUH, appreciated PSO`s support and reinforced the fact:
“AKUH is a very transparent hospital and the money which we will use on the needy patients we report back to the donors as the standard procedure. He further said that in 2016, AKUH has provided PKR 2.3 billion by benefitting more than 700,000 needy patients under its Patients Welfare and Patients` Behbud Society programmes and we are expecting more than 20% increase in 2017.”
Dr. Babar Hasan, Service Line Chief of the Children’s Hospital, AKUH, said:
“AKUH is committed to providing quality health care facilities to the children of this country and is playing a very crucial role in providing access to not only paying patients but a large majority of needy patients who need financial support.”
Mr. Hans Kedzierski, CEO, AKUH, said:
“AKUH is a leading tertiary care hospital in the country that provides safe and high quality care to patients. Our quality is accessed by international accreditation bodies comprising JCIA (Joint Commission International) QIC (Quality Improvement Collaborative), CAP (College of American Pathologists) etc.”