Heart patients have to climb staircases in major cardio hospital

KARACHI: The two elevators at National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD) are not functioning due to some technical fault for a few days which has increased the miseries of heart patients who have to use staircases, which is very difficult for many of them, it was learned on Tuesday.

An administrative official of National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD) told PPI that there are four elevators in the healthcare out of them two are not functioning for a last few days. He said patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases are facing great hardships as they have to climb staircases of this six-storied building. He said due to the out of order elevators shifting of patients from emergency department to the wards has become very difficult for attendants and hospital volunteers.

He said shifting of heart patients from one floor to another through staircases is a cumbersome and risky process. He informed dozens of patients have to be shifted from the emergency department to different wards on daily basis and non-functioning of the elevators has increased the miseries of these patients.

The patients and their attendants have appealed to the hospital administration for early repairing of elevators as shifting of patients on stretchers is not any easy task when one has to use the staircases.

Chief Operating Officer, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Azra Maqsood, when contacted, said the faulty elevators will start functioning soon, as technicians have already been busy in repairing them.