185-bed spine surgery unit opens at Ghurki Hospital


LAHORE: The first spine surgery unit has started working at Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital on Jallo Morr. Zakia Aziz, mother of renowned spine surgeon Prof Dr Amer Aziz, inaugurated the unit on Wednesday.
Hospital Chairman Mohsin Bilal Ghurki, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Director Naeem Ghurki, Medical Superintendent Dr Aitzaz, Dr Amer Aziz, senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Punjab Assembly Member Aslam Iqbal and a number of political and civil society activists attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Amer Aziz said that Ghurki Hospital was providing best medical facilities to 1.2 million people of over 100 nearby villages. He said that there was no other hospital in the vicinity because of which locals were facing huge problems. He said that the hospital administration was providing medical treatment and initial emergence cover to the poor people. He said that spine unit was completed with the help of donations worth Rs300 million in four years. He said that the addition of the 185-bed spine unit has enhanced the hospital capacity to 580 beds.
According to details, the Ghurki family had donated 114 kanals of land for the construction of a hospital. Renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi laid the foundation stone on February 21, 1993 and the 450-bed modern hospital designed by Nayyar Ali Dada became functional six years later. 
The Lahore Medical and Dental College, which is the first private medical college of the country, was affiliated with the hospital. The hospital is also recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, and the University of Health Sciences.
The hospital has different specialities but it is best known because of its orthopaedic and spine surgery department. The orthopaedic surgery department is doing all kinds of orthopaedic surgeries including joint replacements, disc excision, stabilisation of spine, spine tuberculosis, Ilizarov, and arthroscopies. 
The number of orthopaedic operations done at both units of Mayo Hospital is less than the number of surgeries carried out at orthopaedic department of Ghurki Hospital.
The department has produced 23 FCPS orthopaedic surgeons during last 8 years under the supervision of Dr Amer Aziz. 
In addition, 12 orthopaedic surgeons from Pakistan and abroad commenced spine fellowship training in the department.
According to senior doctors, the hospital also played role in natural disaster and conflict situations in several countries, including Afghanistan, Kosovo and Gaza. After the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the hospital established an artificial limb centre with the courtesy of Japan in Muzaffarabad city of Azad Kashmir where patients having longer bone fractures were treated with highly sophisticated instruments.
They said that Dr Amer Aziz had also set up medical camps for flood-hit victims in the Nowshera city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Muzaffargarh city of Punjab. 
Many victims of terror attacks on police training centre in Manawan were also shifted to the hospital emergency where they were provided best possible services despite limited resources. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif later appreciated these services during his visit to the hospital. 
The orthopaedic department team consists of Dr Shahzad Javed, Dr Naeem Ahmad, Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Dr Rizwan Akram, Dr Atiquz Zaman and Dr Gauhar Nawaz Khan, who have introduced this department nationally as well as internationally under the guidance of Dr Amer Aziz.

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