Govt seeks philanthropists’ help in making NICVD cost-free

Staff Reporter

Karachi—Sindh government is aiming at making the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) a free of cost medical institution and in this regard, it is ready to bear a major burden of finance but the philanthropists might play a key role in making this proposal a reality.
In this regard, the Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that he was keen to provide totally free of cost treatment in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) but financial constraints are the main impediments in materializing the proposal. “Sindh government is ready to take maximum financial burden but philanthropists would have to shoulder it along with us for the treatment of our ailing poor people.”
He said this while presiding over NICVD Governing Body meeting here at the CM House on Thursday. NICVD Executive Director Professor Nadeem Qamar giving presentation said that it is a tertiary cardiac hospital where cardiology and cardiac services are available round the clock for adults and pediatric.
He said that last year has been a phenomenally growing year for NICVD. In percentage, there has been a 84 percent increase in admissions and 65 percent in emergency cases. Angiographies have jumped up by 53 percent and there has been a record jump in the primary PCIs, 723 percent and Echos have also gone upto 65 percent.
Talking about cardiac surgeries, Dr Nadeem said that up 200 surgeries are done every month and “we expect to carry on the trend with targeting around 2500 surgeries per year,” he said and added that the surgical ICU has been expanded to 34 bed from 20 beds.

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