The Bilqees Sarwar Foundation (BSF), in partnership with the Government of Punjab’s Prisons Department, has refurbished and equipped Lahore’s District Jail Hospital with first aid and diagnostic facilities. The hospital was re-opened this month to serve sick inmates.
How it started
During the renovation phase of Mayo Hospital’s neurology ward, BSF provided basic medical equipment to the Government of Punjab’s Prisons Department. The equipment was allocated to Lahore’s District Jail Emergency and Diagnostic rooms to serve prisoners seeking urgent medical treatment. Upon receiving the new equipment, the District Jail Hospital’s administration formally requested BSF for further assistance. In alignment with our goal to assist the most vulnerable populations to access quality health care services, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2014.
District Jail Hospital before renovation
The renovation includes a new dental treatment room, a basic laboratory facility, air conditioning and refrigerations facility, comfortable beds for patients, pulse oximeter, X-ray and electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, and wheelchairs. The foundation also refurbished the Juvenile, Psychiatric and General Wards with new tiling, flooring, air coolers, upgraded living spaces, and facilities.
District Jail Hospital after renovation
Ward renamed to ‘Bilqees Sarwar Ward’
Upon the successful completion of the project, the Government of Punjab’s Prisons Department expressed their appreciation and renamed the renovated wards as the ‘Bilqees Sarwar Ward,’ after Mrs. Bilqees Sarwar, the charity founder.