Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Law and Environment Murtaza Wahab Thursday inaugurated the 11th Chest Pain Unit of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Moosa Lane area of Lyari and urged the NICVD administration to open one such chest pain unit also in the central prison Karachi so that lives of prisoners having heart attacks could be saved and others could be provided cardiac health facilities if required.
“Instead of using containers for politics and blocking roads, Pakistan People’s Party is using these containers for serving ailing humanity and inauguration of 13th Chest Pain Unit in Sindh is an excellent example of this service. I would urge NICVD administration to also think about establishing one such chest pain unit in the central prison Karachi to facilitate prisoners and save lives of those having heart attacks”, Murtaza Wahab said while speaking at the inauguration of 11th CPU of NICVD in Moosa Lane area of Lyari, Karachi.
Executive Director NICVD Prof. Nadeem Qamar, Chief Operating Officer of the institute Azra Maqsood, Malik Hamidullah and other officials of the NICVD were also present while public representatives of the area as well as large number of PPP workers also attended the ceremony.
Paying rich tribute to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the provincial advisor said when NICVD was handed over to Sindh government in 2011 through 18th amendment, it was in extremely precarious condition but the Bilawal Bhutto took personal interest in its up-gradation and after revamping the main NICVD in Karachi, supervised establishment of its Satellite Centers in entire Sindh and now people from entire Pakistan including Gilgit and Kashmir were coming to Sindh to avail free of charge, quality cardiac care at NICVD centers.
“NICVD and Satellite Centers as well as Chest Pain Units are providing free of charge, quality cardiac care services 24 hours a day without any holiday. Is there any other institution, which is providing such quality health services anywhere in Pakistan”, he questioned and claimed that instead of making tall and hollow claims, PPP government served masses, especially in the area of healthcare.
The Executive Director NICVD Prof. Nadeem Qamar in his opening remarks termed the establishment of 11th Chest Pain Unit of NICVD in Moosa Lane area as another gift for the people of Lyari, saying this CPU is linked with the NICVD’s Satellite Center at Lyari General Hospital where all cardiac care facilities including angiography and angioplasty are available.
“We are expanding the network of these chest pain units in entire Karachi and whole Sindh province because these units have saved thousands of lives during last two years. So far, 7000 people who were having acute heart attacks, were brought to these CPUs whose lives were saved by the doctors and paramedics at these units. Overall, around three hundred thousand patients have been seen in these containers in Karachi and other cities of Sindh”, Prof. Nadeem Qamar informed.