RAWALPINDI, April 18, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The under-construction Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) would be functional for the treatment of heart patients of Rawalpindi and the adjoining area from July this year. The construction of the hospital was inaugurated by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on November 6, 2009 which will be completed in a record time before the end of current financial year, MNA, Muhammad Hanif Abbassi said on Sunday. He said that 272-bed hospital is being constructed over 80 kanal of land located near RMC Staff Colony, Rawal Road here. The total cost of the cardiac institute is Rs.2.6 billion, he told in an interview. Hanif Abbassi said after the completion, its major services will include emergency cardiac service, non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, Paediatric Cardiology, CCUU and Intermediate CCU, Cardiac Surgery, surgical ICU and and High Despondency Unit, paediatric cardiac surgery, nuclear cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. With completion of a heart hospital, the poor patients who could not bear the high cost of this disease will be able to get treatment of their disease. Responding to a question, he informed that free food is being provided to patients and their attendants admitted in Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital at a cost of Rs.2.5 million per month. We are spending Rs.2.5 million per month on providing free food to the patients and their attendants on daily basis with the cooperation of some philanthropists and people belonging to affluent class, he added. Hanif Abbassi said most of the poor patients knock the door of these hospitals for their treatment and they even dont have money to purchase the medicines. Keeping in view their problems, we contacted some philanthropists and devised a mechanism under which they are being provided free food, he added.