KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) is in process to initiate Adult Congenital Heart Disease program to meet the ever growing pressure of patients, aged between 18 years to 30 years.
The Executive Director of NICVD, Dr. Khan Shah Zaman talking to APP Friday said this group of young population coming with structural heart diseases consequent to defective formation of heart are besides the kids themselves who are referred with different congenital heart defects.
He said that while Sindh Government has committed to extend full financial assistance in completion of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit, with a capacity of 200 beds, against a cost of Rs.1800 million, yet additional philanthropic support is needed to meet the needs of young heart patients received in serious condition.
“Since NICVD is one of its kind of hospital providing under one roof interventional and surgical care for cardiac related conditions hence there is always steady increase in the number of our patients,” he said in reply to a question.
“It is not only that we may be faced with the challenge in terms of numbers but cases unique and somewhat different are also not a very unusual phenomenon,” added the NICVD chief.
Dr. Khan Shah Zaman said, he and his colleagues were also contemplating to establish “Step Down Unit” at the hospital to help patients brought to emergency ward and needed to kept under observation for eight to ten hours.
This, he said would help ease strain usually registered in emergency departments and problems related to paucity of space is often complained about.
In reply to another query, he said scarcity of resources as well as paucity of space are genuine issues and construction of 200-bed Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit may ease the situation in terms of space.
“The space currently used for our paediatric patients would be used to build additional number of intensive care units along with cardiology wards,” said Dr. Khan Shah Zaman.
He said the paediatric cardiac surgery unit supported by the provincial government is expected to be completed in two years time and in the mean time additional funds have to be generated for additional development and expansion work at NICVD.
Appreciative of Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah for taking interest in the issue related to health of children suffering from congenital heart defects, he hoped people in general and philanthropists in particular would come forward to help NICVD in meeting patients’ need in general.
To another query, he said NICVD also a teaching hospital is constantly engaged in updated training of its doctors, surgeons, nurses, technicians and paramedics.
“In a nutshell manpower is not a major issue, however, we do need steady support to provide timely, optimum and quality care to the patients,” said NICVD Director.