Tando Muhammad Khan becomes 4th city in Sindh to have a facility of open heart surgery, Pediatric Cardiology treatment facility
Tando Muhammad Khan: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Satellite Center at Tando Muhammad Khan became the 4th city in Sindh to have the facility of open heart surgery on Saturday after cardiac surgeons and NICVD administration announced the first successful bypass surgery performed at the remote district of Sindh.
A Pediatric Cardiology Ward was also inaugurated by the senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Syed Naveed Qamar on the occasion who vowed to transform the NICVD Satellite Center into one of the best cardiac hospitals in the country, saying this facility would provide cardiac treatment services to people of Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar and adjoining areas as well.
Accompanied by Executive Director NICVD Prof. Nadeem Qamar, Chief of Surgery Fazle Rabbi, Prof. Khawar Kazmi, Head of Anesthesia NICVD Prof. Amin Khuwaja, Prof. Najma Patel, local MPAs and PPP leaders, Syed Nadeem Qamar visited different wards and sections of the cardiac hospital and vowed to bring other health facilities at par with NICVD in Tando Muhammad Khan.
Terming availability of open heart surgery and pediatric cardiac ward a good omen for residents of Tando Muhammad Khan and adjoining areas, Syed Naveed Qamar said people of this area could not even travel to Karachi for treatment of cardiac ailments but now they could avail state of the art cardiac treatment closer to their abodes.
Congenital heart disease burden of Sindh
Around 30,000 to 40,000 children are born with congenital heart disease or with defective hearts at the time of birth but only a few hundred of them are diagnosed and manage to get their condition treated while thousands remain undiagnosed due to non-availability of heart health facilities in their area.
“Thousands of children in this area – from Tando Muhammad Khan to Thatta, Badin, Tharpakar and adjoining areas are born with congenital heart disease but they remain undiagnosed throughout their life and eventually die without treatment. Opening
of Pediatric Cardiology Ward inTando
Muhammad Khan would save thousands of lives of children”,
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology NICVD Prof. Najma Patel said on the occasion.
She was it was her dream to arrange diagnosis and treatment facilities for the children born in of Sindh with holes in their heart and thanked Prof. Nadeem Qamar for fulfilling her dream of a facility where poor of the poorest people could bring their children and avail free of charge cardiac treatment services in Tando Muhammad Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Nadeem Qamar said it was the 3rd Satellite after Sukkur and Larkana where of open heart surgery had been made available and added that soon facility of surgery would be made available to other satellite centers of the NICVD in the province.
“Our training program is in full swing and soon we would be able to post permanent surgeons at each and every Satellite Center in Sindh where surgeries would be performed on basis”, he said adding that NICVD surgeons had already performed over 100 successful heart surgeries at the NICVD with zero mortality during last one year.
According to him, they now had a team of five pediatric cardiac surgeons after joining of three top surgeons from other hospitals in Karachi as well as abroad and added that by the time, their 250-bed pediatric unit would be completed, they would have one of the best pediatric surgery team in the world at NICVD.
To a query, Prof. Nadeem Qamar said they were ready to open their satellite centers in other provinces but added that this decision would have to be taken by the Sindh government in consultation with governments of other provinces.
Chief of Surgery at NICVD Prof. Fazle Rabbi said they had successfully operated upon a 52-year-old patient at NICVD’s Satellite Center at Tando Muhammad Khan, who was now well and added that their center had proved to be a state of the art cardiac center where all types of surgeries could be performed.
He claimed that they were running a successful training program which they were producing quality cardiac surgeons who would be permanently posted at eight satellite centers and cardiac centers of NICVD in Sindh and hoped that these centers would become independent cardiac care hospitals in the coming two to three years