Sindh Govt. to increase NICVD grant from Rs. 400M to 1000M from next year-Sindh Health Secretary


Fourth Medical Ward commissioned at NICVD

Sindh Govt. to increase NICVD grant
from Rs. 400M to 1000M from
next year-Sindh Health Secretary

Paediatric Cardiology Unit also
planned at a cost of Rs. 1.7 Million


KARACHI: Secretary of Health, Government of Sindh, Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani has commended the services being rendered by National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. Apart from provide cardiac care to the patients visiting this institution from all over the country, it has also contributed a great deal in teaching and training of medical personnel in the field of Cardiology. He was speaking at the formal inauguration of the 70-bed Fourth Medical Ward just added at the NICVD for the poor patients. He also announced that the NICVD grant will be increased from Rs. 400 million to one thousand million rupees from the next fiscal year while supplementary grant will also be realised soon. He was accompanied by Dr. Mansoor Abbas Rizvi, Secretary (Admin) in the Health Department. The Inauguration Ceremony was also attended by NICVD donors and well wishers. This new ward is being named the East Ward.
He further stated that construction of new Paediatric Cardiac Unit in the premises of NICVD with an estimated expenditure of 1.7 million Rupees is on a priority agenda of the Sindh Government. Construction of this hospital is expected to start in the near future.
Earlier the Executive Director of NICVD, Prof. Khan Shah Zaman, talked in detail, about the financial problems the Institute is facing right now. He said that as patients coming to NICVD, are not only from Pakistan but also from Azad Kashmir and some neighbouring countries most of whom are non affording; NICVD is facing a huge financial crunch and is unable to meet the demands, until some help is given to it in the form of an increase in the grant, and this too, as soon as possible
Cardiovascular Diseases, it may be mentioned here have now become the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in South East Asia. As the number of patients affected is on the rise, the age at which patients present in the emergency room is decreasing. National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases stands out from amongst the other Cardiac care hospital because of the enormous service it is providing to the non paying patients right from 1971, when the Institute was established.
In the beginning there were two wards for the non-paying patients, when the building comprised of just three storeys. These wards were named North Ward and South Ward according to the directions they faced. With realization that the building needed to be extended, two new storeys were built on the existing structures in 1985.
Consequently four new wards were built on the fourth and the fifth floors, one of which was the third non paying medical ward of the institute. This new ward also faced North but was called the West Ward. NICVD offers the same treatment if not the facilities to the poor man as it does to a private patient, naturally so this is the only hospital in the entire region where non paying patients come either on their own or are referred. After a hectic emergency on call day and night, even the corridors of these three wards can be seen almost chocked with patients. It was therefore decided that another ward on the fifth floor of NICVD be converted to a general medical ward. Renovation of this ward was carried out, it was formally commissioned on 17th April, 2014.

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