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NICVD takes charge of cardiac centres of Liaquat University Hospital

HYDERABAD: Cardiac facilities at the Liaquat University hospitals (LUHs) in Hyderabad and Jamshoro have been handed over to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi. NICVD was given LUH’s cardiac centres for five years under an agreement signed on Thursday after a meeting chaired by Health Minister Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro in Hyderabad.

The agreement was signed by NICVD Executive Director Dr Nadeem Qamar, LUH Medical Superintendent Dr Abdul Wahab Wadho, NICVD’s director of rehabilitation and the health minister.

According to the agreement, an autonomous board of the NICVD will be responsible to conduct planning, designing and delivery of health services at the hospitals’ cardiac centres. The institute will also work for building capacity of doctors and paramedics. The NICVD will also procure drugs and will be responsible for availability of essential medicine, equipment, furniture and fixtures. The institute will not charge any fee for the services it will offer during the period of the agreement.

“[The NICVD] will significantly improve the coverage and utilisation of service and quality of care by implementing the quality standards … providing equitable access of services to the people,” the agreement reads.

The government, on its part, will release the entire budget allocated to the cardiac centres of LUH, including salaries, pensions and allowances, to the NICVD. It will also pay for any expansion in the health services planned by the institute during the period of the agreement.

The agreement also allows the NICVD to hire staff against vacant posts for a minimum period of six months. The institute can also repatriate government staff to the health department in case of unsatisfactory performance. Furthermore, if the government fails to fill a vacant post within one month, NICVD will make an appointment against that vacancy while the salary will be paid by the government.

LUH is a tertiary care teaching hospital of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, which has two campuses in Hyderabad and Jamshoro. It is also the largest government hospital in Sindh outside Karachi.

There was also a proposal, put forward by the former head of cardiothoracic surgery department of LUH, Dr Raheel Hussain, that the provincial government set up a cardiac institute in place of the existing cardiac facilities at the LUH. However, the proposal was not approved when it was presented before the cabinet.

Speaking on the occasion, the health minister said the Sindh government is providing funds amounting to billions of rupees to government hospitals so that they can upgrade health services. He acknowledged that the government hospitals are the only health facilities that cater to impoverished people. “Doctors should consider it an obligation to serve the poor and they should behave respectfully with them,” Dr Mandhro said.

Source: The Express Tribune (November 27, 2017)

NICVD fast expanding its chain of chest pain units

National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in its efforts to provide first tier of heart care facilities to the patients at their doorsteps has opened its 5th Chest Pain Unit, at Nagan Chowrangi here. Executive Director, NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar talking to APP Thursday said with the support of Sindh government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, a chain of Chest Pain Units (CPUs) are planned for the ever expanding metropolis.

Sharing details of the initiative, he said each of these CPUs are well-equipped with appropriate diagnostic facilities along with efficient arrangements to resuscitate patients who may arrive in unstable condition.

“CPUs are functionally designed to provide preliminary emergency care to heart attack patients and after providing initial treatment, the patients are shifted immediately to the tertiary care setup at NICVD Cath Lab,” the NICVD chief elaborated.

On basis of the available record, he said a significant number of complainants were those with muscular pain or with gastric conditions.

Since establishment of the first CPU in May this year, he said more than 12,957 patients have visited these units including 5,487 cardiac patients, who have been managed in emergency.

It was claimed that lives of 977 patients suffering from active heart attack were saved during six months’ time that is from May till October this year. He said the idea is not only to provide needed assistance to the complainants but also screen those with serious conditions and in need of immediate medical intervention.

“Those with heart related conditions, mainly heart attack, are immediately sent to NICVD or any heart care centre located nearby,” the senior cardiologist said.—APP

Source: Pakistan Observer (November 24, 2017)

NICVD Established Chest Pain Unit Under Nagan Chowrangi Flyover, Karachi

KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases – (NICVD) in collaboration with the Government of Sindh and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, has launched its 5th “Chest Pain Unit” in Karachi under Nagan Chowrangi Flyover, to facilitate patients with chest pain with easy access and free of cost services.

Professor Nadeem Qamar (Executive Director, NICVD) stated that after Gulshan, Gulbai, Malir Halt and Qayyumabad Flyovers, NICVD has proudly started its one more Chest Pain Unit, now under Nagan Chowrangi Flyover to serve the people of Karachi at their doorstep.

He said that since establishment of this facility in May 2017 more than 13,000 patients have visited our chest pain units including approximately 6000 cardiac patients, who have been managed in emergency and; furthermore 977 lives suffering from active heart attack, were saved during May till October 2017.

He said that these units are functionally designed for providing state-of-the-art initial emergency care to heart attack patients and teams of all these units are diligently working to save lives round the clock. Professor Nadeem Qamar further added that very soon more Chest Pain Units will be functional at different localities of Karachi Metropolis. NICVD’s Executive Director also thanked the Government of Sindh and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for providing endless support to make this possible.***

Source: The News International (November 20, 2017)

World Diabetes Day 2017 at NICVD

National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases-NICVD celebrated World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and organized a “Free Screening Camp”. Hundreds of people included women were screened for Blood Glucose, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and BMI as well. People were also educated regarding diabetes, its control through prevention, screening and timely treatment.

On this occasion Executive Director, NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar said that diet is an important element for diabetics. It is important for the patient to schedule and monitor his/ her eating habits.  Further, they need to be compliant with blood sugar monitoring and regular visit to the physician. He added that exercise is  also an important factor in the management of diabetes.

He also highlighted that NICVD is committed to providing state-of-the-art cardiac services to the people of Sindh and in last two and half years, it has launched many programs for the population of Karachi and entire Sindh Province, namely initiation of totally free of cost services for all General In-patients & Out-patients at NICVD Karachi and establishment of Chest Pain Units under flyover at different localities of Karachi Metropolis.

NICVD’s Executive Director added that another milestone is our Satellite Centres at Interior Sindh. NICVD Larkana and NICVD Tando Muhammad Khan have been providing free cardiac emergency, primary PCI (angioplasty during heart attack) and adult / paediatric cardiology services. Shortly, three more such centers in Hyderabad, Sehwan & Sukkur, would be functional.***

Source: The News International (November 15, 2017)

NICVD experts visit govt hospital in Korangi to start cardiac emergency

A team of cardiologists and management experts from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) visited the Sindh Government Hospital in Korangi last week to learn about the available facilities for the establishment of a satellite centre so that heart patients could be treated near their homes.

The team had been invited by the newly-appointed medical superintendent of the Sindh Government Hospital, Dr Khalid Bukhari, in view of a growing number of patients who are brought to the hospital’s emergency with heart attack and complaints of other cardiac ailments but who are referred to the NICVD due to a lack of any facility at the hospital to treat them.

“Daily, dozens of people from different areas of Korangi, Landhi, Ibrahim Hyderi, Quaidabad and adjoining areas are brought to the SHG Korangi with complaints of heart trouble, but we don’t have any consultant cardiologist and trained staff to deal with cardiac emergency. These patients are dispatched to the NICVD but many of them die on the way to the hospital due to the long distance and traffic jams,” Dr Bukhari said. He said the Sindh Government Hospital catered to the medical needs of four million people and there was an urgent need for starting cardiac emergency at the hospital to save lives.

“On my request, a team of NICVD experts visited the Korangi hospital to ascertain the requirements for starting a heart attack management facility and cardiac emergency centre. They were delighted to see the ICU and CCU established at the SGH Korangi. They said this facility could be transformed into a centre for performing angioplasties and other cardiac interventions.”

The NICVD is in the process of establishing its satellite centres throughout the province so that people in different cities of the province could have the facility of angioplasty and angiography in their own cities.

Thousands of people annually die in Sindh, including Karachi, because of heart attacks as they cannot reach any specialised heart facility, most of which are located in Karachi. “Karachi needs separate cardiac hospitals in every district of the city, whose population is more than that of many cities of Sindh and Punjab. But initially, there is a need for setting up cardiac emergency centres at public hospitals, which can later be upgraded to specialised heart treatment facilities,” Dr Bukhari added.

He said that in addition to the Sindh government’s support, he would also approach the private sector and philanthropists to support the establishment of a cardiac treatment centre at the Korangi hospital because this task could be completed a lot earlier with generous support from the private sector.

Dr Bukhari maintained that he was also trying to restore health facilities and diagnostic and radiological services which had been suspended at the hospital by the previous administration.

Source: The News International (October 31, 2017)

Bilawal inaugurates second state-of-the-art satellite centre of NICVD

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appreciated the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD Karachi) for setting a precedent by providing free of charge quality care to its patients without any distinction.

Inaugurating the second satellite centre of NICVD Karachi in Tando Muhammad Khan on Thursday, Bilawal said facility established in collaboration with the Sindh government was in consonance with PPP’s policy aimed at providing quality healthcare facilities to the masses at their doorstep, according to a statement issued here.

He said that this collaboration had done wonders in Karachi through the inception of free of cost cardiac treatment to the inhabitants of the metropolis.

“It is heartening to see that they are now fast on their way to initiate major cardiac facility for both adults and children in comparatively smaller towns of the province,” said the PPP chairman.

The services, including provision for interventional cardiology, will be of huge comfort for the natives of Tando Muhammad Khan and its peripheries, he said, acknowledging that in following months there would be more such centres with comprehensive heart care facilities in the province.

Bilawal on the occasion particularly appreciated doctors and other personnel associated with NICVD for getting materialised the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

The inaugural ceremony of the NICVD’s second State-of-the-Art Satellite Centre at TM Khan was also attended by Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Health Minister Sindh Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro, Health Secretary Sindh Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, NICVD trustees and others.

Source: Pakistan Today (October 19, 2017)

Bilawal, CM Sindh inaugurate NICVD satellite center in Tando Muhammad Khan

TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN: Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari along with Sindh Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday inaugurated a satellite cardiac centre in Tando Muhammad Khan.

The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in collaboration with Government of Sindh has set up the second satellite centre at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Cardiac Care Hospital to provide comprehensive cardiac services to the people of Sindh at their doorstep.

Bilawal, while congratulating on achieving the milestone, said that he is delighted to be the part of the occasion as the centre is inaugurated to facilitate people of the vicinity at their doorstep.

He said the collaboration has done wonders in Karachi by providing free of cost cardiac treatment, and now they will initiate major cardiac facilities particularly interventional cardiology for both adults and children which will provide relief to the residents of the city.

He announced that in the following months there will be more such centers with comprehensive heart care facilities in the rest of cities of the province.

Addressing the ceremony, CM Sindh appreciated NICVD to step forward in bridging the gap and leap for the public sector to become the standard bearer and leader in the provision of tertiary cardiac care.

“After first satellite centre in Larkana, this is also a great achievement of the institution to inaugurate a new major cardiac facility in Tando Muhammad Khan,” he said.

He further said that the satellite centre is a gift to the people of Sindh, and the government would leave no stone unturned to provide healthcare facilities to the people of the province.

Addressing the ceremony, Executive Director NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar said the centre signifies a step on the long path of medical advancement T.M Khan. He was enormously pleased to celebrate the benchmark moment in the evolution of the NICVD.

He said that it gave him immense pleasure that NICVD has started totally free of cost major cardiac facilities in T.M. Khan including cardiac emergency, interventional cardiology including primary PCI which is angioplasty during heart attack, adult and paediatric cardiology, critical care, heart bypass surgery, echocardiography, diagnostics, and consulting clinics.

He further added that they were committed to provide state-of-the-art cardiac services to the people of Sindh. He promised two more centers in Sehwan and Sukkur this year, while four more satellites centres in Nawabshah, Khairpur, Hyderabad and Mithi would be operational in 2018.

“This network of NICVD satellites will be providing prompt and easily accessible cardiac services to the population of entire Sindh at their doorstep,” he said.

He thanked the Sindh government for its endless support, and appreciated his team of cardiac physicians and surgeons, paramedics, technical staff, and management for their efforts to bring the advanced and specialised heart care centre to the region.

Health Minister Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro said NICVD has been serving the country and has taken a great initiative with the support of government of Sindh to start comprehensive cardiac services in T.M. Khan.

He said a long standing need of the people has met with the establishment of this hospital, and the Sindh government is dedicated to providing accessible and efficient health services to the community.

Source: ARY News (October 19, 2017)

NICVD Received 5th FPCCI Achievement Awards 2017

Karachi: It is a great honour for National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases – NICVD to be awarded with 5th Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Achievement Awards 2017 for outstanding services in the category of Healthcare Facilities & Rehabilitation Programs and in Social Welfare (Establishment of New Healthcare Units), on October 4, 2017.

This success is a result of outstanding efforts of NICVD for providing state-of-the-art heart healthcare services. NICVD is committed to providing cardiac services to the people of Sindh and in last two and half years, it has launched many programs for the population of Karachi and entire Sindh Province, i.e. initiation of totally free of cost services for all General In-patients & Out-patients and establishment of Chest Pain Units under flyover at different localities of Karachi Metropolis. Further, NICVD is expanding its infrastructure and constructing new buildings to add more space and better services. This expansion plan includes construction of an independent OPD facility, separate Paediatric Cardiac Unit, an Adult Cardiology Block and Rehabilitation of the Existing Block. The Satellite Centres at Interior Sindh are another milestone. NICVD Larkana has been functional since May 2017 and providing free cardiac emergency, primary PCI (angioplasty during heart attack) and adult / paediatric cardiology services. Shortly, four more such centers in Tando Muhammad Khan, Hyderabad, Sehwan and Sukkur would be functional in 2017. Further three more NICVD satellites in Nawabshah, Khairpur, and Mithi would be operational in 2018. This network of NICVD satellites will be providing prompt and easily accessible cardiac services to the population of entire Sindh at their doorstep.

It is the endless support of Government of Sindh which is making these tremendous endeavours possible.***

Source: The News International (October 6, 2017)

Cardiologists call for increasing public awareness of ‘heart-healthy’ lifestyle

Heart attack and other cardiac ailments remain a leading cause of death in Pakistan as, according to an estimate, 30 to 40 percent of annual deaths in the country are due to heart failures. However, the most saddening aspect of this situation was that most of these deaths could have easily been prevented through the adoption of a ‘heart-healthy’ lifestyle.

“Family history of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high levels of cholesterol and smoking are the five major causes of heart ailments in Pakistan, as is the case in the rest of the world. While a person can’t do anything about his or her family medical history, they can make efforts with respect to the remaining four factors,” said Prof Nadeem Qamar, executive director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular (NICVD), on the occasion of World Heart Day 2017.

Awareness activities were held at various health institutions in Karachi on Friday to mark the day. Symbolic walks and rallies were organised at various places including the NICVD, while awareness seminars were also held at different health and educational institutions to apprise people of habits that lead to cardiac ailments and how people could save themselves from falling prey to these diseases.

Speaking at the NICVD’s awareness seminar, Prof Qamar deplored that a majority of Pakistani people were not aware of the causes of heart diseases and said that their lack of awareness was to blame for the high number of deaths due to heart attacks.

“People don’t care for prevention and control of hypertension. It is highly unfortunate that 80 percent of people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they are hypertensive. Of those who know about their condition, only 10 percent take medicines and hardly one or two percent make efforts to control their blood pressure,” he said.

Similarly, he added, a majority of people with diabetes do not know that they are diabetic and, of those who know, a majority do not take any medication or make any other lifestyle modifications to control their blood sugar.

He said that a large number of people, including young children, were also falling prey to obesity in the absence of a culture of physical exercise.

Prof Qamar advised cardiologists and public health specialists to apprise people of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, stating that people must be made aware of the fact that their lifestyle was the cause of their cardiac ailments.

“Smoking is another major risk factor for heart ailments and along with diabetes, hypertension and obesity, it is a lethal combination and a major cause of deaths in Pakistan and the rest of the world,” he stated.

Renowned paediatric cardiologist Professor Dr Najma Patel said that 50,000 to 60,000 children were born with Congenital Heart Diseases (CHDs) every year in Pakistan, of which 10 percent die in neo-natal life due to a lack of proper screening after birth and poor awareness among people.

Prof Patel, who is also the head of NICVD’s Paediatric Cardiology Department, said although there was no proper data at the federal and provincial level about the infants born with heart defects, it was widely believed that congenital heart disease cases were on the rise in Pakistan as well as in the rest of the world.

“CHD is not a single disease. There are several types of different cardiac defects. While the cause of a baby developing CHD is not known, it is said to be more common in infants whose mothers were malnourished or taking certain drugs which can cause their offspring to develop CHDs,” she added.

One important and preventable cause was checking for Rubella infection during pregnancy, she said and added that survival rate of infants born with heart defects had significantly increased in the country due to improving diagnostic facilities. However, she said more dedicated efforts were needed to save even more lives at the neo-natal stage.

“Around 10,000 babies are born with cardiac defects every year in Sindh, of which 50 percent are brought to health facilities for treatment while the rest do not survive,” she said, adding that NICVD had registered 9,500 new cases from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa last year.

Other health experts called for creating awareness among people in Pakistan through the print and electronic media, stating that public service messages regarding risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol should be regularly aired, broadcast and printed.

The medical practitioners urged people to improve their lifestyle, avoid using junk and other foods with high fat content, walk or run daily for 30 to 40 minutes, and to quit smoking to live a healthier and longer life.

Source: The News International (September 30, 2017)

Services worth Rs3bn to be provided free at NICVD in a year

The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) will be providing services worth Rs3 billion free of charge to patients in a year, announced the medical facility’s executive director, Prof Nadeem Qamar, on Tuesday.

The declaration to provide free of charge services to all patients visiting the Out Patient Department and the general ward of the NICVD, was made by Prof Qamar on July 18. “Since then, not a single rupee has been charged from the 95 percent of patients who visited the hospital for treatment.”

NICVD’s director was accompanied by renowned cardiologist Prof Nadeem Rizvi, Paediatric Cardiologist Prof Dr Najma Patel and senior consultant cardiologist Dr Fazl-e-Rabbi. The free services include admissions to the general ward, emergency services, cardiac interventions, elective surgeries, medicines and medical devices among several others.

Furthermore, Prof Qamar announced renovating all operation theatres at the cardiac centre, establishment of the eighth cardiac catheterisation (cath) lab, induction of a second thallium stress machine and seven ventilators in the emergency room of the NICVD.

“The Sindh government has increased our grant to Rs4 billion from Rs1.8 billion so as to help us provide all the services including costly surgeries, medical tests and placement of life-saving devices free of cost,” the NICVD director added.


OPD timings, doctors increased

Prof Qamar further announced that from now onwards OPD timings will be increased till 5pm, adding, that the number of doctors in the OPDs have also been doubled to cater to a large number of patients.

“Earlier, only those patients could avail OPD services who managed to reach the NICVD by 12 noon. But now, I have asked to issue OPD tokens till 4pm and have instructed the staff to provide consultation to every patient who manages to acquire an OPD token as majority of the patients come from far flung areas of the province.”

New buildings

A three-storied building dedicated for OPDs is under construction and would be completed in a year, the NICVD executive director further announced. “With its completion the number of OPDs will be increased manifold and a large number of patients, not just from Sindh but from the entire country will benefit from them.”

A plan to build a separate building for paediatric surgery is also underway. Expected to be completed in two years, the department would facilitate thousands of children with heart problems.

Prof Qamar added that another building wherein all wards and operation theatres will be shifted would be constructed with public and private partnership.

“Our current capacity is of 618 beds but after construction of the new building, the NICVD would be able to admit 2,000 patients at a time,” he claimed.

Numbers that matter

As many as 410,217 patients were provided OPD services at the hospital during May 2016 to April 2017, but this year the number of patients will be twice, if not thrice, as large as last year’s due to free OPDs, Prof Qamar said.

The NICVD hopes to conduct thousands of angioplasties, including 6,000 Primary PCIs, over 3,000 elective angioplasties, hundreds of bypass surgeries and hundreds of other cardiac interventions.

Satellite centres in Sindh

Furthermore, the medical facility’s first ever satellite healthcare centre has been established at Larkan, and has, since last month, carried out  around 101 angioplasties, NICVD director stated. It would formally be inaugurated on July 30.

The NICVD plans to establish seven such satellite centres in coming months, including three at Tando Muhammad Khan; Sukkur and Sehwan this year, and three more at Nawabshah, Khairpur and Mirpurkhas by the end of 2018.

Prof Qamar on the occasion, urged media personnel to apprise the public of the free of charge, quality services being offered at the NICVD.

Source: The News International

NICVD expands its services to interior Sindh

KARACHI – National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has embarked on an ambitious expansion program focussed on providing series of updated medical, interventional and surgical services to heart patients across the province.

Executive Director, NICVD, Prof Nadeem Qamar in a press conference Tuesday said all these services are being provided absolutely free of cost to 95% of the patients visiting or admitted to NICVD as well as its associated facilities.

He said with the motive to provide interventional cardiology services to the people of Sindh at their doorsteps NICVD’s first satellite center is already functional at Larkana.

“We are providing state of the art services through our Larkana facility and have also performed more than 100 angioplasties in few months’ time,” said Dr. Nadeem Qamar.

NICVD satellite centers at Tando Muhammad Khan, Sukkur and Sehwan are in process of completion while three more will be operational at Nawabshah, Khairpur and Mirpurkhas by next year,” said the NICVD chief.

In reply to question, he said since the introduction of absolutely free of charge services to the general in-patients and out-patients, only recently, a surge in the number of patients from other provinces is also being registered at NICVD, Karachi.

To another query, he said NICVD has also launched outreach Chest Pain Units at different localities of Karachi and has attended 9,415 patients in almost two and a half years’ time.

About free services provided to the patients, the senior cardiologist said these include all diagnostic facilities along with angiography, primary and elective coronary angioplasty, echocardiography, stress echography, thallium scan, cardiac enzymes along with provision for pacemakers and other life saving devices.

In certain Picture1cases, NICVD has been first institution across the country offering free some of the most updated facilities; he said and referred to implantation of series of life saving devices.

“NICVD with the support of provincial government is committed to meet the needs of ever growing number of cardiac patients in the country,” said Dr Nadeem Qamar.

Source: The Nation