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SUKKUR: The Executive Director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Prof Nadeem Qamar on Thursday inaugurated an electrophysiology lab, the second catheterisation (cath) lab at the NICVD’s Sukkur Satellite Centre. He said these new facilities would now facilitate a larger number of patients requiring pacemaker, ICDs and other implants and angioplasties from Northern Sindh, Southern Punjab and entire Balochistan Province. Prof Qamar said while addressing a news conference on the occasion of the first anniversary of the completion of NICVD Sukkur “On the first anniversary of NICVD Sukkur, we are going to inaugurate an electrophysiology lab and the second cath lab which would benefit thousands of patients from Northern Sindh, Southern Punjab and entire Balochistan province”. He added “NICVD Sukkur has now become one of the best cardiac-care hospitals in Pakistan where patients even from New York and London can come for quality cardiac treatment without any charge”, On the occasion Prof Qamar cut a cake to mark the first anniversary along with senior cardiologists, professors and cardiac surgeons and attended presentations on the performance and issues facing the hospital and visited different wards and sections of the healthcare facility. Prof Nadeem Qamar also announced the establishment of the first Chest Pain Unit (CPU) of the NICVD outside Karachi within a couple of weeks and vowed to establish chest pain and heart-attack management units in entire Sindh so that lives of people could be saved in case of heart attacks. “We are running one of the best chest pain and heart-attack management programs in the world and our 8 CPUs in Karachi have saved over 5000 lives in a single year, which is incomparable performance by any means in the world”, Prof Qamar said. Adding he further said that every district of Sindh and major towns would be equipped with chest pain units so that people could be provided timely first aid in case of heart attacks. He maintained that with the establishment of the electrophysiology lab, all types of device implants including pacemakers, ICDs would be performed at the NICVD Sukkur, which would benefit thousands of people from entire Pakistan. “We are also going to start pediatric cardiac surgeries at NICVD Sukkur very soon”, he announced. Praising the team of cardiologists running the NICVD Sukkur centre, which started functioning by the start of March 2018, he informed that so far 201 bypass surgeries had successfully been performed at the hospital with only one death and claimed that it was the best performance by any cardiac-care hospital in the world. “Since its establishment, around 56000 patients were treated in the OPDs, over 58000 patients visited our emergency while over 9000 children were examined at the pediatric OPDs at the hospital”, he said. He added that during last one year, 12553 patients were provided the facility of Primary PCI, which a type of angioplasty performed following heart attack. Prof Qamar claimed that over 166,000 patients from all four provinces and even Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan had been treated since March 2018 at NICVD Sukkur, adding that a few years back, nobody could have dreamt of such a sophisticated and state-of the-art hospital in this part of Northern Sindh. To a query, he said NICVD has also launched a preventive cardiology program which is being led by a senior cardiologist but added that this program could not be succeeded without the collaboration of federal and provincial governments, doctors and media. He urged the national and local media to create awareness about heart disease, which was now the leading cause of death among Pakistanis. Responding to another query, he said a review petition has been filed by the provincial government and hoped that NICVD would continue to remain in the administrative control of Sindh government, which is spending billions of rupees to provide cardiac care facilities not only to the people of Sindh but also to the people of other provinces of Pakistan. Source: The News International (March 07, 2019)