Karachi: Expanding its range of services to patients in interior Sindh, the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has introduced specialist cardiology services in Hyderabad.
The Cardiac clinics by cardiologists from AKUH, Karachi would be available at the Aga Khan Maternal and Child Care Centre. Diagnostic services would also be offered, giving patients easy access to echocardiography (echo), exercise tolerance test (ETT), electrocardiogram (ECG) and holter monitoring facilities.
Later in the year, a tele-health clinic would be introduced, where cardiologists from AKUH, Karachi, would also be available for consultation via the latest telecommunications technologies.
Head of Cardiology AKUH Dr Khawar Kazmi while addressing guests at the inaugural ceremony said by introducing cardiology services at AKMCCC, “We would help reduce the need and cost of cardiac patients travelling to Karachi for specialist tests and diagnosis, providing services at their doorstep in Hyderabad.” However, patients who require invasive procedures including coronary angiography and angioplasty would refer to AKUH, he added.
Other speakers from the university hospital included Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Muhammad Habib Khan, and Akbar Jamal Rajani. The cardiologists, general physicians and city dignitaries also attended the event.
The 85-bed AKMCCC is the largest secondary hospital in the AKUH network. It offers a variety of services, including consulting clinics; inpatient care; urgent care for obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics; immunization; diagnostic services; and a clinical laboratory and pharmacy.
AKMCCC also offers financial assistance to needy patients through the Patient Welfare Programme and the Patients’ Behbud Society for AKUH.
The AKUH network in Sindh includes four secondary hospitals: AKMCCC in Hyderabad, and Aga Khan Hospitals for Women, Garden, Karimabad and Kharadar, Karachi; the main AKUH, Clifton Medical Services, and eight integrated medical service centres in Karachi.