National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) established an Electrophysiology Lab and second Catheterization (cath) Lab at the NICVD’s Sukkur Satellite Centre. To mark the first anniversary of NICVD Sukkur, Prof. Nadeem Qamar, Executive Director, NICVD inaugurated Electrophysiology Lab and second Catheterization (cath) lab.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Nadeem Qamar said that these new facilities would now facilitate a large number of patients requiring pacemaker, ICDs and other implants and angioplasties from Northern Sindh, Southern Punjab and entire Balochistan Province. This labs would benefit thousands of patients from Northern Sindh, Southern Punjab and entire Balochistan province. NICVD Sukkur has now become one of the best cardiac-care hospitals in entire Pakistan where patients even from New York and London can come for quality cardiac treatment without any charge.
On the occasion, he also announced establishment of the first Chest Pain Unit (CPU) of the NICVD outside Karachi within a couple of weeks and vowed to establish chest pain and heart-attack management units in entire Sindh so that lives of people could be saved in case of heart attacks.
He further informed that NICVD is running one of the best chest pain and heart-attack management programs in the world and our 8 CPUs in Karachi have saved over 5000 lives in a single year, which is incomparable performance by any means in the world. Every district of Sindh and major towns would be equipped with chest pain units so that people could be provided timely first aid in case of heart attacks. He maintained that with the establishment of electrophysiology lab, now all types of device implants including pacemakers, ICDs would be performed at the NICVD Sukkur, which would benefit thousands of people from entire Pakistan.
Praising the team of cardiologists running the NICVD Sukkur centre, which started functioning by the start of March 2018, he informed that so far 201 bypass surgeries had been performed successfully at the hospital with a singly mortality and claimed that it was the best performance by any cardiac-care hospital in the world. Since its establishment, around 56000 patients were treated in the OPDs, over 58000 patients visited our emergency while over 9000 children were examined at the paediatric OPDs at the hospital.
Furthermore, NICVD has also launched a preventive cardiology program which is being led by a senior cardiologist but added that this program could not be succeeded without the collaboration of federal and provincial governments, doctors and media, and urged the national and local media to create awareness about heart disease, which was now the leading cause of death among Pakistanis.
On the occasion, a cake cutting ceremony was also held to mark the first anniversary along with senior cardiologists, professors and cardiac surgeons.