RMI in the News
Rehman Medical Institute
(Daily Khabrian: July 24, 2005)
Located at the gateway of Khyber, Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) has revolutionized the concept of medical care in the NWFP for the first time ever, the people of this area have access to healthcare facilities of international standards. The services cater of the needs of people not only within NWFP, but also northern Punjab, Baluchistan and across into Afghanistan. More importantly, the RMI has set new standards for other health care providers to follow. The population of the area, which did not know any better, have now grounds for comparison and are demanding proper care, asking questions and forcing changes for the better.
The founder, Prof, Muhammad Rehman with a vision of providing quality healthcare services to the people of this region, established the RMI which is now catering to all major and minor disciplines of medical sciences. In addition to complex cardiology and cardiac surgery procedures it provides facilities in almost all major medical and surgical specialties like general surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Orthopedic, Thoracic and Neuro Surgery, Urology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Gastroenterology, Chest Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Dermatology, Pediatrics and General Medicine. Highly trained and qualified specialist cover is available around the clock; RMI offers state of the art diagnostic facilities like angiography, CT scan, Doppler Studies and most modern, second to none, pathological laboratories, besides a host of other routine diagnostic facilities. It offers the best intensive care unit in the region along with a coronary care unit and high dependency unit.
To enable the staff to concentrate on patient care and for ensuring availability of critical staff, the institute houses three separate hostel buildings, designated as doctors Nurses and Paramedical hostel respectively, This prudent provision assures available of critical staff at all times, during day or night. The three hundred bed general hospital, the Rehman Medical Institute a long cherished vision turned into reality in February 2002 with an aim "To be the premiere healthcare provider of the region." the Rehman Medical Institute is committed to providing:
- Quality Healthcare Services through state of the art diagnostic facilities and treatment of the highest possible standard in a comfortable, caring and safe environment. The efficient protocols being followed reduce the possibility of errors and introduce optimum efficiency of diagnosis and treatment, all staff is trained to make the patient as comfortable as possible and alleviate their suffering.
- Career Opportunities in an environment providing our employees with a purpose and pride in the organization through personal development and recognition for performance excellence. Merit is the only standard followed in the institute and for those with abilities there is no dearth of incentives.
- Education and training to health professionals while inculcating in them the ethics and values of professional modes of practice. The institute has already produced some exceptionally well trained medical and support staff who are second to none.
Rehman Medical College (RMC)
The need for a premiere medical college has been long felt in the province. However the delay in the planning of a medical college was international by the management until the name RMI symbolizes a place where patients could expect to receive best treatment available; an institution, the people are willing to trust their lives with. Various engineering and architectural firms from all over Pakistan were contacted to come up with plans for the permanent campus of the Rehman Medical College. Alhamdullilah the project is well underway and will soon become a reality.
The RMC will comprise of three major blocks to house facilities of a Medical College, Nursing College and a college of Paramedical Technologists. An attached free 170 bed hospital will not only meet the requirement of teaching but will also provide subsidized service to the non affording patients.
Patient Welfare Society
The driving force behind establishment of RMI has been the mission of serving humanity selflessly and dedicatedly. But to establish and maintain a state of the art medical institution constant generation of funds is required. On the other hand, a very large percentage of the unprivileged and needy population of the area can not afford the cost of private medical care. To alleviate the sufferings of the most needy. RMI has established a fund to enable these equality deserving people to have access to quality healthcare services. Thus, a patient welfare Society was set up, which has since been making a remarkable contribution in helping poor and needy patients. The society also supports free medical camps in remote areas where qualified specialists treat poor patient. Pathology tests are performed on site and free medicines are given to all the patients.
Patient welfare society makes its earnings from donation and voluntary contributions. All contributions are being deposited in a separate bank account. Separate books of account are maintained and audited by an independent chartered Accountant. The fund is used for supporting extremely needy and poor patients who can not afford the cost of private medical care.
Durrani asks professionals to follow Surgeon Rehman
(The NEWS: March 27, 2005)
PESHAWAR: Commending his services for ailing humanity, Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani urged skilled people of other professions to follow in the footprints of noted cardiac surgeon, Dr Rehman and thus share the government burden. He was addressing a gathering following groundbreaking ceremony of Rehman Medical College (RMC) Opposite to state-of-Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) at Hayat Abad Town here on Friday. Durrani paid rich tribute to Dr Rehman for his outstanding services in cardiac surgery. He said Dr Rehman proved his devotion with his unprivileged Pakhtum brothers by investing all his assets for providing them quality health services at their doorsteps whatever he had collected during his entire practical life in Karachi.
Durrani said. "Gone are the days when people have to take their heart patients from this poor province to Karachi in public transport for Dr Rehman. Now our brother Dr Rehman is among us, and people within a few minutes can shift their patients to one of Pakistan's best hospital."
The chief minister said is a matter of honour for him when people from other provinces seek his assistance in getting appointment from the known cardiac surgeon. Admitting that government alone can ever provide all facilities of life to its masses Dr Rehman like skilled and dedicated people should come forward and contribute in their respective fields. He assured Dr Rehman of full support from the NWFP government in his services.
"You just make single telephone call and will find us for your help when ever needed." the chief minister assured Dr. Rehman of his support.
After lauding RMI for offering quality health services, the chief minister disclosed that majority of population still can not even think to take their patients there because of heavy charges. "Though I had come to know that poor heat patient are being helped in the RMI, I would like to request Dr Rehman and his team to kindly bring their charges up to the level of common people." Durrani suggested. He told the audience the NWFP government was aware of sufferings the heat patients are being faced with here, and that's why the provincial government had decided to build a full-fledged hospital for cardiac ailments.
Through he did not mention when his government will give practical shape to the well-awaited project, Durrani said the proposed hospital and women medical university would be built together. "A team of experts would select suitable place for the project within a week." Said the chief minister.
The seven-storey Rehman Medical College would be built on 25 kanal plot with an estimated cost of more than Rs 500 million According to RMI Administrator Col. (Retd) Mohammad Tariq, the college would admit 100 student annually. He said RMC would be equipped with the best and professional people having recognition in the their respective specialties.
Also, he said there would be latest diagnostic facilities in the college, first-ever in private sector in the country, 150-bed hospital, eight operation theatres, separate male and female hostels, and a mosque that will accommodate about 700 worshipers at a time.
Earlier, known cardiac surgeon and chairman RMI, Dr Rehman, in his brief speech said after successful experience of RMI they set is as a challenge to establish and institute that could provide quality education in the field of healthcare.
He said they learnt in their experience from RMI that key to providing quality healthcare service lies themselves. The RMC, he hoped, would strive to produce qualified doctors, nurses and paramedics.
"These professionals would not only be trained to be experts in their respective fields, but would also have ethical values instilled in them," hoped the well-know cardiac surgeon, who belongs to Badhnai Village in suburbs of Peshawar. "Sadly to mention, that today's society, many lack moral and ethical values, honesty-based practice has become a cruel joke amongst us. Let us all set our priorities right, let us get ride of antagonism and renew our pledge and efforts for the up life of our people." He remarked.
World cardiology moot team feted
(Bureau Report DAWN: March 9, 2004)
Peshawar : March 9: Prominent cardiologist Prof Mohammad Rehman held a sumptuous dinner here on Friday night for national and international delegates attending the 15 th Biennial International Congress of Cardiology.
The dinner, held at professor's new 300-bed medical institute at Hayatabad Township , was attended besides the conference delegates, by local doctors, jurists, educationists and journalists. In his brief remarks on the occasion, he said his dream of giving his native province a valuable gift was realized in the shape of Rehman Medical Institute.
"RMI cannot only serve the people of NWFP but it is ideally located at the gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia," he said. Prof Rehman, who served as a very successful cardiac surgeon in Karachi for 27 long years, said from the days of his student life serving humanity was his main motto and that is what he had done.
Gauging the mood of general public against the doctor's community in the recent tussle with the government, many may not agree with his statement. But few can challenge the fact that building a high quality medical facility in Peshawar is anything other than that.
Prof Rehman, reading from a written English speech, said due to non-availability of a high quality medical facility in Peshawar , patients had to travel to Lahore and Karachi . He promised to provide thorough professional treatment at the institute.
Taking benefit of his institute's proximity to Hayatabad Medical Complex, he even plans to upgrade his institute into an institute of medical sciences.
In a brief chat with the Statesman, the professor said he had initially started his institute with 50 beds which would be expanded later on.
Iftikhar opens free medical camp at Tirah
(Stateman Report: Monday, June 2, 2003)
Khyber Agency: Governor Syed lftikhar Hussain Shah has said that improvements and development of communication facilities in the fur-flung and backward packets of FATA is at the top of 'the development priorities of the government, announcing that the under-construction road passing through Tirah Valley will be extended up to Sadda Town of Kurram Agency to improve the communication system in the entire area.
He was addressing a big Tribal jirga at Rajgal Kooki Khel area of Tirah Valley here on Sunday where the governor visited the free medical camp established by Rehman Medical Institute Peshawar under the patronage of the renowned cardiac surgeon Dr Muhammad Rehman.
The two-day free medical camp was participated by 13 surgeons and physicians besides paramedical staff of the institution and more than 2000 patients including male, female and children were not only treated but also provided with free medicines worth more than Rs I million. More than 200 diagnostic tests of the patients were also earned out freely, in the camp premises.
Addressing the tribal jirga, the governor highlighted the efforts which the government has been making during the last about three years for the speedy development in the tribal areas. In this connection, he also mentioned Rs 1 billion special package announced by President Musharraf for the development of the inaccessible tribal areas which has now been made accessible.
The governor said that this is an initiation of development process and assured the Jirga that during the ensuing three years almost all the basic development requirements of the people of these hitherto neglected tribal areas would be met according to their wishes and requirements.
He in this connection also mentioned another decision of the government saying that where needed the minimum educational and training qualification would be relaxed for the educated tribal youth.
Earlier, on arrival at Rajgal area of the Tirah valley the governor was warmly received by the tribal elders. Later he visited the medical camp and talked to the doctors and patients present there.
The governor on this occasion formally launched a water supply scheme recently completed at a cost of Rs. 350.000 out of the political development fund. The scheme would benefit the residents of' the entire locality.
NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani inaugurating a Postgraduate Medical Center at Rehman Medical Institute in Hayatabad Peshawar on Wednesday. - The News
People urged to get their children vaccinated
(Bureau Report: October 05 2002)
NWFP Health Minister Dr Meher Taj Roghani has urged the people to take preventive measures against diseases and vaccinate their children in time to save them from falling prey to deadly epidemics.
Inaugurating the vaccination centre at Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) at Hayatabad Township on Friday night, she lamented that even the people belonging to medical community did not get their children vaccinated, let alone the general public.
Prevention was far better than cure, she stressed, because it was less expensive than treatment, and the poor county like Pakistan could not afford spending huge sum of money on the treatment of the people.
She administrated vaccine to a six-month-old child Deyan to declare open the first vaccination centre in the private sector.
Dr Roghani was all praise for the management of the RMI for its endeavors to help the people in getting their children vaccinated. There was a strong need to sensitize the people regarding the preventive measures against killer diseases, because these were cost-effective as well as result-oriented, said the minister, who herself is a retired pediatrician. The vaccination ratio in the province was 75 per cent in 1970 which had declined to a figure of less than 55 per cent in 2002, she deplored.
She said even Bangladesh and India had successfully conducted the vaccination drives where as in Pakistan, the infective diseases were taking a heavy toll on the people. Abuse of syringes was the main cause of hepatitis in this part of the country, because 70 per cent of the hepatitis patients were infected through syringes.
RMI Founder: On the occasion, RMI founder Prof Dr Mohammad Rehman said the sole purpose to establish the. RMI in the province was to give a gift to its people.
A large number of medical community people, including Dr Sirajuddin Ahmed, Dr Mohammad Kabir, Dr Syed Kiramat Ali Shah, Dr Syed Iftikhar Ali Shah, Dr Mian Naushad Ali, Dr Khadimullah Kakakhel, Dr Mukhtiar Zaman Afridi and others were present on the occasion.