Pakistan medical Center (PMC) in the UAE is now offering free care to the needy.
According to details, Pakistan Medical Center has received a DHA license and all required permissions.
The Dh20 million project of Pakistan Association Dubai is part of a larger project of Pakistan Center, the world’s largest community center for overseas Pakistanis. The facility serves as an outpatient polyclinic.
According to the international news agency, the project includes the medical center, the Health and Fitness Centre, Hub47 (business incubation center), gift shop (platform for women entrepreneurs where they can display their products donating the proceeds to the center), Brick Café, Arts Corner, seminar room, prayer rooms, and the admin block.
In addition to these, the project will also include clinical specialties such as gynaecology, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology, ophthalmology, ENT, orthopedic, dermatology, cardiology among others.
The medical director at PMC Dr. Nasim Sabir said that the center is based on the characteristics of tolerance, compassion, and respect. He said, “PMC works on a hybrid model that will offer free services to deserving members of the society, and will also cater to self-paying patients and people with insurances. We have specialist doctors volunteering their time and skills, and also in-house laboratory and radiology services that will subsidize the total cost of the treatment.”
He also said that the center is now connecting with other hospitals, some even in Pakistan, to help patients who cannot afford their treatment here in the UAE. “If a patient requires a certain service that is not available with us, we will guide them on how they will receive the right medical help.”
“We are not-for-profit but we are not free and have a Shariah-compliant pathway for using Zakat eligibility. Our welfare committee will verify the genuineness of the need and offer the required support. We are offering free consultations during this first month of our launch and throughout the year we will run various campaigns,” Dr. Sabir said.
Furthermore, he also said that PMC is accepting only cash payments from now. Insurance cards will be made applicable soon.
“The entire project has cost us D20 million; the support has come in the form of finances and in-kind i.e. equipment and furniture from corporate partners,” said Muhsin Al Banna, general secretary of PAD.
Al Banna added that 90 percent of the support has come from within the Pakistani community and the rest from the non-Pakistani community.
Dr. Faisel Ikram, PAD President, said in the last four years, PAD discovered philanthropists and social workers who strongly believe in making an impact. “We are grateful to the Community
Development Authority (CDA) for continuously facilitating our campaigns and guiding us in this journey of creating a social impact,” he said.