Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital launches its Zakat Collection Campaign 2019
“Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is providing cutting-edge financially supported diagnostic and treatment facilities to almost 75% to 80% of cancer patients and this requires a huge budget as treatment of cancer is very expensive. The Hospital has already spent over Rs.39 billion on free treatment of deserving cancer patients during the last 24 years. Our annual budget for the year 2019 is Rs. 13 billion; out of which 8.5 billion is to be met from public donations and Zakat, and the remaining, from revenue generated from Hospital services. The total amount of Zakat collected will only be spent on the free treatment of deserving cancer patients”. These views were expressed by Dr. Muhammad Aasim Yusuf, Chief Medical Officer, SKMCH&RC at a press briefing, held at Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore.
He said, “SKMCH&RC, Lahore has upgraded its Radiology Department with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. We have recently acquired 3 Tesla MRI technology, and upgraded our CT scanners, enabling us to greatly enhance the quality of cancer imaging at the Hospital. Moreover, SKMCH&RC Peshawar has completed phase II of its development, with the introduction of radiation treatment facilities, and now has a functional Clinical and Radiation Oncology Department. Construction of Pakistan’s third and largest Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital has also commenced in Karachi. It is expected that construction will be completed over a three-year time frame at a total cost of Rs. 9 billion. The development of this comprehensive cancer diagnostic and treatment facility will be of enormous benefit not only to the patient of Karachi, but also to the people of the Sindh, and Balochistan.
While answering questions Dr. Aasim said that, “Cancer claims thousands of lives every year. According to the latest report by the World Health Organization in 2018, there were approximately 150,000 to 200,000 new cases of cancer in Pakistan in the past year. The increasing number of cancer cases in the country are naturally, also reflected in our increasing workloads. We want to provide best cancer treatment facilities to every patient who come to us, that is why we are continuously expanding our capacity.”
Dr. Aasim Yusuf said that “We have made giving of Zakat and donations very easy for everyone. The Hospital has already activated its accounts in local and foreign banks. The donors can also deposit their Zakat, Sadqat and donations directly at SKMCH&RC, its Regional Offices, Diagnostic Centres, Collection Centres, all Pakistan Post Offices and easypaisa shops, UPaisa Shop, UBL Omni Dukan or NADRA e-Sahulat nationwide. The donors can also donate online at www.shaukatkhanum.org.pk and call at 0800 11555 for the collection of their Zakat cheques directly from their doorstep”. He further added that “SKMT has its functional offices in Dubai, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Norway. These offices are also receiving Zakat and donations over there. “
The management of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre hopes that the people of Pakistan will donate generously and support this noble cause this year as well.