ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) starts partnership with Ali Medical Centre (AMC), in order to accelerate the provision of Cochlear Implants to the deaf and mute children. Managing Director PBM, Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chairman AMC, Dr. Ali Raza Alvi in a ceremony held here in head office of PBM.

CEO AMC, Dr. Hassan Khan, Director Medical PBM, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Director Admin PBM, Dr. Zafar Khan Safdar and Director PBM Azhar Afzal also attended the ceremony. Under the MoU, AMC will entertain 30 surgeries for Cochlear Implants every month free of cost. Presently, there are more than 2300 children registered with PBM for having the Cochlear Implants and so far, 193 mute and deaf children have been provided Cochlear Implants with the share of Rupees One Million by PBM, for each child.

Moreover, AMC will also offer the post-surgery rehabilitative measures like speech therapy for three years. Addressing the ceremony, Malik Zaheer Abbas said PBM is promoting public private partnerships in order to speed up the humanitarian activities throughout the country. “Under the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas programme, Cochlear Implants are being provided to deaf and mute children leading them towards happy and sovereign life ahead”, he added. While extending his gratitude to Chairman Ali Medical Centre for the collaborative efforts in such a noble cause, he termed this connection a glimmer of hope for the children and their parents who are enrolled with PBM and waiting for this expensive life-changing device.

The Managing Director further emphasized the contribution of philanthropists and other donor agencies so as to provide this costly device to the deserving children before reaching the age of 5 years. Chairman AMC, Dr. Ali Raza Alvi admired the PBM’s initiative for spreading smiles on the faces of mute and deaf children and their parents who can’t afford the costly Cochlear Implants for their children. He also expressed his satisfaction for joining PBM and vowed to extend this partnership to the other deserving patients as well.