CHUGHTAI LAB CHALKS UP ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE WITH THE INAUGURATION OF A SPANKING NEW, MULTI STOREY BUILDING HOUSING PAKISTAN’S LARGEST PATHOLOGY LAB IN LAHORE
All big dreams have humble beginnings. As the great Chinese philosopher and thinker, Confucius put it “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop”. Undoubtedly the road to success is a hard one throwing up seemingly insurmountable challenges, trials and tribulations that can only be overcome through man’s indomitable spirit to triumph and succeed against the odds.
The foregoing very aptly describes the long journey that Professor A.S Chughtai, founder and CEO of Chughtai Lab undertook some three and half decades ago. A journey that has today achieved another major milestone, namely the inauguration of a spanking new, multistory headquarters building carrying the proud badge “Chughtai Lab” right at its top.
The Chief Guest at the glittering opening ceremony was Dr. Yasmin Rashid, the provincial Health Minister who in her address to assembled guests highlighted once again the great importance that the Government of Punjab attaches to the provision of adequate health services to the people of Punjab. “Health, along with education”, she said, ‘is the topmost priority of Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Usman Buzdar”, and appreciated the role that Chughtai Labs have played in making available top-notch clinical lab testing and diagnostic services to doctors and health professional in all parts of the province.
Is the new multistory building the crowning achievement of the company? “Not so”, says Professor Chughtai, who sees the new building as just “another milestone”, albeit a major one and “the journey”, he says with a wry smile, “still continues”.
The journey began in1983 when Professor Chughtai set up shop in three rooms with two technologists and one pathologist and named it Chughtai Lab. Today Chughtai Lab is Pakistan’s fastest growing healthcare provider with a well-deserved reputation for fast, accurate pathology lab test results serving doctors, hospitals, a growing list of blue-chip corporate clients and a services footprint that spawns the length and breadth of the country.
The new building will house some 30 pathologists, 200 lab scientists, and related support staff, with a different specialty department on each of the 12 floors. These include, among others, the departments of Infectious Diseases, Histopathology, Hematology and Chemical Pathology.
The speedy collection and stringent preservation of test samples coupled with Chughtai Labs delivery of test results with speed, accuracy and quality 24/7 online enable health care specialists in far-flung areas of Pakistan to make an accurate diagnosis in the treatment of patients under their care. Other services include radiology, pharmacy, blood center, and ambulance service. The company’s fields of interest also include education and social welfare.