Prof. Qasim Memorial Skill Development Institute established at NICVD

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NICVD Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Prof. Qasim Memorial Skill Development
Institute established at NICVD
Institute of Pediatric Cardiology also being planned

KARACHI: Prof. Qasim Memorial skill development centre has been established at National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease Karachi while Institute of pediatric cardiology has also been planned. Another 40-bed ward had been established with the help of philanthropists to deal with increasing number of cardiac patients. This was stated by Prof. Khan Shah Zaman, Executive Director NICVD Karachi while speaking at the inaugural session of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of NICVD held at a local hotel here on August 23, 2013. Mr. Awais Muzaffar, Minister of Health Government of Sindh was the chief guest at the occasion. Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhary President CPSP was the guest of honor. Mr. Inamullah Dharejo, Provincial Secretary of Health represented Chief Minister of Sindh.
Prof. Khan Shah Zaman further said that a separate pediatric cardiology unit has been established and neonatal cardiac surgery is being performed. A new forty bed ward had also been established with the help of philanthropists to deal with increasing number of cardiac patients. NICVD bed capacity was insufficient and we had submitted the PC-1 for a 200-bed expansion project to the Sindh government. It had been submitted to the federal government every year since 2009 for approval, but no funds were allocated. `Now we have submitted it to the Sindh government, as the NICVD has been devolved to province, he added.
Mr. Inamullah Dharejo, addressing the participants said that Sindh government has planned to establish extensions of premier healthcare centers in other cities and districts to reduce burden on the medical infrastructure in Karachi and provide specialist health facilities to the people at their doorstep. As the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation has its extension in Sukkur we are planning to establish similar extensions of institutions like the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Hyderabad, Sukkur and other cities of Sindh. Institute of paediatric cardiology would be established on the NICVD premises, for which the government would invest one billion rupees to complete the facility in next two years, Mr. Inamullah added.
Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry speaking at the occasion lauded the services being provided at NICVD which is a premier and state of the art facility of the country. Punjab Government he disclosed has provided funds for postgraduate medical trainers and CPSP has subsidized the workshops fees. He urged the Sindh Government to invest in the postgraduate medical facilities as well to produce highly professional experts.
Mithoo Bhai one of the six businessmen of Karachi who collectively contributed rupees fifty lac as seed money in 1963 to establish a 20-bed institute for heart diseases in his remarks said that he was the happiest man to see the progress made by NICVD which has now become a 500-bedded cardiac care facility. Prof. Arif-ur-Rehman presented the vote of thanks.