70-bed medical unit opens at NICVD

Karachi: Secretary Health Sindh Iqbal Hussain Durrani on Thursday said improvement of financial structure of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) is top priority of Sindh government and the current financial crisis of hospital would be ended soon.

He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of 70-beds Medical Unit- IV (East Ward) at NICVD. Special Secretary Health Dr Mansoor Abbas Rizvi, Executive Director NICVD Khan Shah Zaman, Executive Administrative officer Dr Hameed Ullah Malik, Malik Khadim and other senior doctors were present.

Iqbal Durrani said the State should invest liberty in healthcare sector to build a healthy society. He said the NICVD is the largest heart diseases hospital of Pakistan and its role is significant for catering heart-related diseases. He said financial grant of NICVD would be increased from Rs400 million to Rs1000 million from this fiscal year and supplementary grant would be released soon in order to improve the performance of hospital.

He said construction of new Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit would start soon after approval of final design of project. He said: “I have discussed the matter of construction of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in detail. The project would be constructed with estimated cost Rs 1.7 billion and work is expected to start soon.”

Executive Director Khan Shah Zaman said increasing number of visiting patients in hospital are putting extra-financial burden and the current grant of government is not sufficient to run the hospital affairs smoothly.

He said patients from all over the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as some neighbouring countries are being provided treatment on subsidized rates at the NICVD. He said like the IV medical unit, five more such wards are needed at NICVD to cater the increasing of number of patients.

He urged the provincial government to increase the annual grant of NICVD on urgent basis.

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