JPMC has made us proud by offering exceptional healthcare services-Sindh Health Minister


 JPMC’s 52nd Annual Symposium

JPMC has made us proud by offering exceptional
healthcare services-Sindh Health Minister

Announces 100 more training slots for Postgraduates and promises
sympathetic consideration of other demands by Sindh Government

Various NGOs, Donors and International Donor Agencies have played a
key role in improving, expanding services at the JPMC- Dr. Seemin Jamali

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center has made us proud by offering exceptional healthcare services. It should offer us some guidelines how to make availability of healthcare more practical so that the people visiting the various healthcare facilities get quality care. Despite the fact that the government was spending lot of resources on over two thousand healthcare facilities functioning in the province, was doing its best to eradicate polio, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Malaria besides controlling HIV and AIDS but it does not reflect positively as regards our health indicators. This was stated by Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro, Health Minister, Government of Sindh while inaugurating the 52nd Annual Symposium of JPMC here on January 16, 2017. Additional Secretary Health Government of Sindh was also present on this occasion.

Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro called upon the healthcare professionals to come up with some workable practical proposals for the Government which should give us some guidelines how to proceed further. JPMC, he said, was the pioneer healthcare facility of the country and the government will do whatever it can to help improve, expand the teaching training and patient care services. Referring to the demands put forward by Dr.Seemin Jamali in her address, the Sindh Health Minister announced the creation of additional one hundred slots for postgraduate trainee doctors and also promised that the Sindh Government will look at their other demands sympathetically.

Dr. Seemin Jamali Director JPMC presenting a memento to Mr. Sikandar Mandhro
Sindh Health Minister who was the chief guest at the JPMC symposium.
Also seen in the picture are Prof. Sughra Parveen and
Additional Sindh Health Secretary.

Dr. Seemin Jamali Executive Director of JPMC in her address gave a most comprehensive account of the facilities, services available at JPMC, its accomplishments over the years and the numerous development projects completed and those under progress with the help of various NGOs and Donors. To begin with she commended the hard work of her predecessors for their pioneering work who laid the firm foundations with their utmost dedication and we are privileged that some of them have today graced the occasion with their presence.

JPMC, Dr. Seemin Jamali said had the unique privilege and honour as it was named after the Father of the Nation during his life time. It is one of the leading tertiary care facilities in Pakistan. It has a sanctioned bed strength of 1,610 but with the growth of population of Karachi and the number of patients who come from far flung areas even from other provinces, the workload has increased manifold which is not enough for the resources being made available. Despite lot of administrative and operational impediments, JPMC Team, she said, has continued to work and deliver with resilience all these years even under extremely stressful conditions. She thanked the donor community of the city as well as some international donors who have played a key role in unprecedented pace of development of this institutions during the last seven years. Some of these projects are at various stages of completion while some are still in the pipeline. The hospital has always remained on forefront in case of any disaster and we have born brunt of victims of all major bomb blasts, shoot outs and other criminal activities.

Accident and Emergency Department at the JPMC Dr. Seemin Jamali stated was renovated and extended through a grant of forty million given by the Prime Minister supplemented by equipment and fixtures by donors amounting to over sixty million rupees. This is now the biggest and the best Accident and Emergency Department in the country.

Medical Unit-IV/Medical ICU is located in the Soorty Building entirely sponsored by Soorty Trust. It was completed in 2011 at a cost of 140 million rupees. It has been equipped by the same donor who continue to support the department by placing additional ancillary staff and supplying some essential drugs. Dept. of Dermatology has been accommodated in the same building. It also has an additional facility of isolation of patients with infectious diseases like Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever etc. located in the same building. This Soorty Building also houses the Gastroenterology Dependent where all emergency procedures like endoscopies, colonoscopies, sclerotherapy, band ligation and polypectomy are performed round the clock.

Pediatric Eye Clinic was started in December 2012, in a renovated section of Eye OPD at a cost of fifteen million rupees including equipment from Fred Hollows Foundation. Another donor Mr. Rahim Saya has helped build a new Operation Theater Complex and diagnostic facility where complex surgical procedures like Vitreoretinal surgery, Phaco Surgery, Orbit and Oculoplastic surgery are being performed.

This has changed the environment of ophthalmology department under the leadership of Prof. Alyscia. Stereotactic Radio Surgery/Cyber Knife Dr.Seemin Jamali stated was the pride of JPMC. The building was completed by a donor at a cost of twenty eight million rupees. Pakistani Donors under the auspices of Patients Aid Foundation contributed approximately four hundred million rupees which has enabled it to procure First Cyber Knife in the country offering free of cost treatment for cancer and other disease to underprivileged patients.

Continuing Dr. Seemin Jamali said that at state of the art PET CT Imaging and Cyclotron has also been installed at JPMC which is currently being run on trial basis. This was yet another feather in the cap of Prof. Tariq Mahmood whose contribution for the development of facilities and services at JPMC are praiseworthy. New Radiology Department housed in ground plus two story building was built by Patients Aid Foundation at a cost of 120 Million rupees. It has three CT Scanners, three MRI machines, twenty X-ray machines with fluoroscopy, 32 Color Doppler Ultrasound machines, two Breast imaging and Dexa Scan facilities. Well-equipped Diagnostic Laboratory is catering to the needs of all departments of the hospital. Our Blood Bank has capacity of storing up to twelve hundred units of blood.

USAID has constructed a new three story building which has replaced the old overburdened Gynae and Obstetrics Department. This has increased the bed strength of the unit to one hundred eighty. It also has an ICU and special designated Fistula Ward, purpose built OPD, Learning Resource Center. The project has been completed at a cost of 620 Million rupees. Now efforts are underway to equip the Skills Lab in the Learning Resource Center, she added.

New additions being made to the JPMC include a purpose built Surgical Block a six storied building which will have bed strength of six hundred. Estimated cost of the building nearing completion is two billion rupees. It was undertaken by Patients Aid Foundation and it is hoped to be completed by 2018. It will have 18 Operation Theaters with large recovery suites. It will accommodate surgical, orthopedic, Oto-Rhinology Dept. with respective wards, Surgical ICU and High Dependency Unit. It will have overhead bridge and corridors linking this building to all other scattered departments of the hospital thus facilitating safe staff and patient movements at all hours. Various OPD clinics like Endocrine, Rheumatology, Diabetes, Hepatology, Toxicology, Neurology, Schizophrenia, Psychosomatic Clinic, Substance Abuse Clinic, Polio Vaccination and Sleep apnea Clinics , Colorectal Clinic, Dental Clinical Breast Clinic, Reconstructive and Tumor Reconstructive Surgical Clinics, Thyroid, Pediatric Orthopedic, Ponseti Club Foot Clinic, Infertility Clinic, Spinal Surgery and Neuro Trauma Clinics are all doing a commendable job in the Out Patients Department. The 110-Bed Pulmonology Dept. has its own ICU providing diagnostic and treatment services. We have state of the art oncology and Atomic Energy Dept. providing much needs services to the ailing humanity.

BMSI established at the JPMC in 1959 has so far produced 868 M. Phil, 27 PhD scholars. Clinical Departments have so far trained over twenty thousand specialists. More than five thousand nurses have graduated from Nursing School and three hundred nurses have done their BSN and MSN from the College of Nursing. There are fifteen hundred trainee doctors in various disciplines pursuing their Fellowship, Masters, DDCN,DGO,DTCD,MCPS, FCPS, MD and MS, DO and DLO. College of Physical Medicine and Occupational therapy is training two hundred fifty Physiotherapists annually while School of Para medicine is training three hundred students annually.

Keeping in view the services being provided and the ever increasing workload in the institution, Dr.Seemin Jamali urged the Government of Sindh to take care of the service providers. She urged the authorities to provide on campus residential facilities of two hundred comfortable apartments for which a detailed PC-I will be submitted to the Government. One hundred more training slots should be sanctioned for postgraduate trainee doctors. In addition the government should also regulate the professional capacity building capacity of the health workers through promotions, grant them health professional allowance and deputation allowances.

Earlier Chairman of the Organizing Committee Prof. Sughra Parveen in her welcome address said that this year the theme of the symposium was Prevention is better than Cure. Giving special emphasis to prevention was meant to stop the diseases from occurring which should be the cornerstone of good health. We had forty three pre-symposium workshops on various disciplines, there will be thirty scientific sessions wherein over two hundred research papers will be presented apart from the presentations in the Plenary Sessions wherein we have invited eminent medical personalities from different disciplines. We also organized a Health Mela besides Health Awareness Session for the public which laid emphasis on avoiding the diseases by changing life style. Reduction of risk factors was important for primary prevention. During the last two years Pakistan’s spending on Health has remained 0.42% of our GDP and we are deficient in health workers of all categories. Prof. Halima Yasmin thanked all those who extended their valuable help and assistance in organizing the symposium.

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