Purpose built 6-story Surgical Block having 19 OTs, Surgical ICU and HDU costing Rs.1 Billion to be completed at JPMC by 2016

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JPMC Golden Jubilee Symposium

Purpose built 6-story Surgical Block having 19 OTs,
Surgical ICU and HDU costing Rs.1 Billion
to be completed at JPMC by 2016

Struggle to Save the JPMC will continue-Prof.Tasnim Ahsan

Injustice, inequality is threat to peace & it leads
to disintegration of society-Anwar Mansoor Khan

Governance can improve if we follow an open
merit policy for all selections-Iqbal Hussain Durrani

KARACHI: Despite the fact that Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center is passing through the worst times in its history, faculty is working with utmost deduction and various development plans, expansion, addition of services continue through the courtesy of donor community in the city and international donors. JPMC is the mother of all the medical institutions in the country and its staff continue to deliver even in these unfavorable circumstances. This was stated by Prof.Tasnim Ahsan, Executive Director of JPMC while speaking at the inaugural session of the Golden Jubilee Symposium of JPMC held last week. Sindh Chief Secretary Mr. Saleem Sajjad Hotiana was the chief guest on this occasion while Sindh Health Secretary Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani was also present.
After the passage of the 18th constitutional amendment which she termed as unconstitutional, the Provincial Government of Sindh, Prof. Tasnim Ahsan said, was also taken by surprise which was ill prepared and ill informed about these developments and one day this institution was handed over to them. We have approached the Courts of law to seek Justice, our case is being heard but the Courts take their own time. However, we are determined to continue our struggle to save the JPMC, she remarked.
Referring to the service being provided by the JPMC, Prof.Tasnim Ahsan said that in case of any major disaster, bomb blast or trauma, JPMC is the first hospital of their choice because of the excellent emergency service that we provide. We have earned this image after lot of hard work for many years.
Giving details of numerous development projects which have been completed and some are ongoing, Prof.Tasnim Ahsan said that we got this beautiful auditorium through the courtesy of Prof. Hassan Aziz from anonymous donor. Soorti Foundation has not only build and equipped but was also providing financial assistance to run and manage the Medical ICU building and services. Other projects completed through donations include paediatric eye clinic, Cyber Knife Radio surgery unit where three hundred forty patients have been treated absolutely free while thirteen hundred radio surgery sessions have been completed successfully.
With the help of USAID, a magnificent new building which houses the Dept.of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with 60-beds, Intensive Care Unit, OPD, Learning Resource Center has been completed while two more units of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with 60-bed each will be completed by October 2015. Skills lab and Learning Resource Center is also being upgraded. Construction work on extension of Radiology Department is fast nearing completion. It will have two new CT Scans, One MRI machine, 7 X-Ray machines, 28 Color Doppler besides a Day Care center for babies to facilitate the female staff working at the center.
The most important addition is going to be the purpose built six story surgical blocks with facilities for four hundred indoor patients which will cost one Billion Rupees and is expected to be completed by 2016. Almost 60% of the amount has been raised by the Patients Aid Foundation for this project. It will have 19 Operation Theaters, large recovery suite; all surgical departments will be shifted here. It will also have a Day Care Unit, High Dependency Unit, and Surgical ICU besides all other surgical support services. Bridge corridors will connect this surgical block with other buildings at the campus.
As regards teaching and training, Basic Medical Sciences Institute at JPMC, Prof.Tasnim Ahsan said has so far trained 779 M. Phil and twenty four PhDs. Four thousand eight hundred specialists have been trained in medicine and surgery and related disciplines, four thousand one hundred nurses, 5570 paramedics and three hundred MSc in Nursing. A total of 61,530 indoor patients were treated during 2013 while the number of patients managed in the various out patients departments account for 2.5 lac. Accidents and Emergency Service at JPMC is known for its excellent state of the art services. The total number of full time employees at JPMC is two thousand six hundred forty six which includes doctors, nurses, and paramedics. For the last three years unfortunately there has been no fresh induction. Many people have retired, some have died and now out of twenty eight professor’s sanctioned strength, there are only eight professors working in different departments. Under the present circumstances, they cannot work with peace of mind which is so important for carrying out research but all this is being compromised, Prof.Tasnim Ahsan stated.
Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Saleem Sajjad Hotiana in his brief speech said that research has its impact over generations. Devolution has brought up some issues but we in the Sindh Government will support the JPMC so that its integrity and independence is not compromised. This brief statement from the chief guest came as a great disappointment for the participants. However, it was foolish on the part of the organizers if they were expecting any important announcement from the chief bureaucrat in the province because the problems created after the devolution of health to provinces has some political repercussions and such important decisions have got to be taken at the level of political leadership not the bureaucracy.
Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan, an eminent lawyer who is also pleading the case of JPMC in the Sindh High Court to retain its autonomous status or affiliation with the federal government was one of the invited guests speaks in the plenary sessions. He spoke on Justice and Equity for development and progress. This topic, he said, was such that we do not believe in ourselves. Justice is paramount in every place. However due to greed and for political gains, we have witnessed two word wards, one cold war and now we are witnessing the so called War on Terror which in fact is aimed at capturing the resources of Middle East and Indo Pakistan sub-continent. This has checked the real progress and development in the country. Importance of equity and justice is recognized by Islam. Inhumanity, injustice, inequality cannot be tolerated by any living human being. Refusal of human rights by government and increasing poverty has resulted in over two billion people living without food and shelter. It effects regression and progress of the country. Our laws, he further stated, benefits the rich but not the poor which are invaluable for development of the country. Islam encourages charity, discourges hoarding, lays emphasis on ethics, rationality and rule of law. Injustice Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan said, is threat to peace and it leads to disintegration of society.
If the criminals do not get punishment, it results in increased crime and then people start taking laws in their own hands, defiance of law takes place which then creates anarchy and gives birth to revolt groups. He concluded his speech by stating that Man is the worst animal if separated from law and justice.
Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani Sindh Health Secretary in his speech said that health services should be governed by the State otherwise it will serve only the rich who can afford to seek private healthcare and not the poor. Almost all the neighboring countries of Pakistan, he said, have achieved over 50% reduction in their infant mortality during the last two decades but our performance is not much better. A careful analysis shows that it is the result of not good governance. Our Basic Health Unit service delivery is not up to the mark. There are twelve vertical programmes in health sector in the province like EPI, Malaria, Hepatitis etc., and we need to integrate all of them. At present the entire system is dysfunctional and fractured by the donors as well who have their own priorities and they cannot come out of those areas. We need to synergize all institutions working in the health sector. Governance is the main issue. Governance can be improved if people are selected on Merit, only then the services can improve. Diarrhea patients should be treated at the Basic Health Units and they should not be coming to the tertiary care facilities. He then disclosed that two months ago, they decided to select Health Managers with MPH qualifications. A panel of eminent gynaecologists, paediatricians and infectious disease specialist made the selections purely on merit. We have made facility based recruitments and selected fifty two doctors in Thar out of which 70% are Non-Muslims. If we have an open merit policy only then the Governance can improve. While we were selecting people for these Thar areas, we did not receive any phone call from MNAs or MPAs or other officials but they were all selected on merit. Hence, we believe that in the days to come, the health services situation in Thar will improve, he added.
Theme of the symposium was “50 Years of Research and Development: A continuous Pledge to Serve”. It started with a Public Health Awareness regarding Promotion of Health and Prevention of Diseases, Faculty Re-Union Dinner on Sunday March 23rd 2014. A large number of papers on different topics were presented in various scientific sessions held from March 24h to 29th followed by a concluding session.