Karachi: Executive Administrative Officer, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Dr Hameed Ullah Malik has said that the construction of 300-bed new Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit would start soon with the financial assistance of Sindh government.
Dr Hameed Ullah told PPI that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah wants a paediatric cardiac surgery institution established at the NICVD and the PC-1 of this project has already been approved by the government. He said the project would be constructed with estimated cost Rs 1 billion and construction work is expected to start from August 2014.
He informed that two Intensive Care Units would also be established in new paediatric cardiac surgery unit. He said that with the addition of new 300-bed ward the NICVD would house up to 900 patients in hospital in near future.
He pointed out that the NICVD has added 60 beds the hospital a month ago, while a paediatric intensive-care unit for children suffering from heart disease is recently made operational. He said pre-operation ward also made functional in near past in hospital.
He informed that about 8,000 to 10,000 angiographies were performed in the NICVD in 2013; beside about 4000 angioplasties. He said only two to three hospitals of Pakistan offer paeds heart surgeries for children suffering from heart diseases and the NICVD is amongst them.
He said that 400 to 500 angiographies of children were also carried out in 2013. He said Intra-cardiac electrophysiology studies (EPS) of 50 patients were also conducted last year, while 180 heart-valves replaced through surgeries. He said the NICVD offers 24 hours primary-angioplasty service to patients.
Dr Malik said that around 2000 to 2500 patients are dealt in the outpatient departments and 600 to 800 patients are brought to the emergency ward on daily basis. He said 60 to 100 patients with different heart diseases are admitted per day. He said the trend of the reported cases show that heart patients in Pakistan comprise 55 percent males and 45 percent females.
He said veins problems is common disease in males and heart-valve disorders in females. He said the NICVD is research and teaching hospital that produces hundreds of cardiologists and surgeons every year. He said NICVD offers paeds and adult surgery, angiography and eco services to patients in three shifts. He said total 900 staff including doctors is working in the hospital.
He said that patients from all over the country and Azad Kashmir as well as some neighboring countries are provided treatment at the NICVD. He said that cardiac diseases are fast increasing in society. He underlined the need of creating awareness among masses of change their lifestyle, which is the only way for preventing these diseases.
He said that the NICVD was an autonomous body and generates funds through patient fee and grants from philanthropists. We do not receive cash from philanthropists instead we request them to undertake development work, he added. He said Social Welfare Department of NICVD also provides free of cost treatment to poor and deserving patients from Zakat.
He said the NICVD did not receive any grant and budget from government side just receive grant aid which is not enough run institution like NICVD. He said hospital generate fund through Zakat, aid and self-generation for smoothly running of healthcare.
He said Special Health Secretary Sindh Dr Mansoor Abbas recently visited the hospital and appreciated the performance of hospital administration. He also assured full support from Sindh government. He said Provincial Health Sectary Iqbal Hussain Durrani is also keen for up-gradation of the NICVD in order to further improve its performance.
He said the Executive Director Prof Khan Shah Zaman Khan and his team members are taking tireless efforts to make the NICVD a model cardiac care center of the region.
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