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, says a press statement issued here on Tuesday.

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.

He 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 five 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.