Shah lays foundation stone of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit

September 27, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has laid down foundation stone of construction of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Karachi at a ceremony held in a local hotel here on Saturday evening.

The 200-bed Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit will be constructed with the estimated cost of Rs1800 million with the full financial assistance of Sindh government and the project would be completed within two years.

Addressing the ceremony and annual symposium as chief guest, CM Sindh lauded the services of NICVD for catering to the increasing demand of diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases not only in province of Sindh but in entire Pakistan. “If this institute comes under complete administrative control of Sindh government, then we will take extraordinary measures for equipping this institute with modern facilities beyond the expectations of people and medical fraternity.”

Sindh chief minister further said that education and health sectors were among the top most priority of provincial government. “In spite of financial constraints and limited resources, Sindh government had increased the budgetary allocation three fold for health sector,” he added. He said that more than Rs14 billion had been earmarked for health sector in present financial year 2014-15.

He said that Sindh government was establishing new hospitals at district and taluka level while Rural Health Centers (RHCs), Basic Health Units (BHUs) and Dispensers were being equipped with required modern facilities so that people could be provided best possible medical services at their door steps.

He said though Sindh government had taken various steps to improve the health sector but there was always room for improvement which was being focused by the provincial government.

Shah said that there was alarming drought condition in Tharparkar area and doctors were unwilling to perform their duties there but Sindh government striving o attract them by enhancing salary packages and providing other incentives.

“Resultantly along with male doctors more than 17 female doctors are providing their services to the downtrodden people of Tharparkar and adjacent areas,” he said. The chief minister said that the addition of a separate Paediatric Cardiac Surgery unit in NICVD would be milestone for treatment of heart related diseases among children and people of entire country would get benefit.

Executive Director & Chairman Academic Faculty NICVD Professor Khan Shah Zaman in his welcome address thanked the chief minister Sindh for his keen interest in establishment of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery unit. Addressing the participants of the symposium, . Zaman said that this scientific program focuses not only the need of cardiologists/cardiac surgeons, but it has lot to offer the paediatricians, general physicians &family physicians, and that would surely help them to improve clinical practice and would translate in better patient care.

Provincial Secretary Health Iqbal Husain Durrain, Dr Zafarullah of College of Physician and Surgeons of Pakistan and Executive Administrative officer (NICVD) Dr Hameedullah Malik also spoke on occasion. Special Assistant to CM Sindh Waqar Mehdi and Siddique Abu Bhai accompanied the Chief Minister Sindh.

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