Philanthropists play important role for healing ailing people: Qaim Ali Shah

Karachi, May 05, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that he was keen to provide totally free of cost treatment in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) but financial constraints are the main impediments in materializing the proposal. “Sindh government is ready to take maximum financial burden but philanthropists would have to shoulder it along with us for the treatment of our ailing poor people.”

He said this while presiding over NICVD Governing Body meeting here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Executive Director NICVD Prof. Nadeem Qamar, MPA Dr Sohrab Sarki, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Director JPMC Anees Bhatti and others.

Executive Director NICVD Professor Nadeem Qamar giving presentation said that it is a tertiary cardiac hospital where cardiology and cardiac services are available round the clock for adults and pediatric. He said that last year has been a phenomenally growing year for NICVD. In percentage, there has been a 84 percent increase in admissions and 65 percent in emergency cases. Angiographies have jumped up by 53 percent and there has been a record jump in the primary PCIs, 723 percent and Echos have also gone up by 65 percent.

Talking about cardiac surgeries, Dr Nadeem said that up 200 surgeries are done every month and “we expect to carry on the trend with targeting around 2500 surgeries per year,” he said and added that the surgical ICU has been expanded to 34 bed from 20 beds.

He said that Echo department has been restructured by adding 11 new machines and additional staff. The number of echoes have gone up from 70 per day to 250 per day. Replying to a question, Dr Nadeem said that 19 fellows have passed FCPS examination in cardiology. NICVD is the first public hospital to have successfully conducted two Transcatheter Aortic Implantation (TAVI) procedure workshops free of cost. 20 patients have benefited out this procedure.

Lauding the generous support of donors, he said that expensive equipments worth Rs38.8 million which include two new angiography machines, nine echo machines, 14 ICU beds, two anaesthesia machines, one x-ray machines with CR-system, 19 syringe pumps, two defibrillators and seven ventilators have purchased.

Dr Nadeem Qamar proposed that the salaries of professors, associate professors, assistant professors and senior registrars and other staff members be enhanced because the chief minister has urged to engage them for full time service equivalent to the salary structure of SIUT. He also proposed to appoint 330 staff technical and non-technical staff members of different pays scales from grade B-5 to B-18. The monthly financial impact would be around Rs15 million.

The chief minister said that there should be an HR Committee to deal with new recruitments, enhancement of salary packages and such other issues. “You come up with clear cut HR policy I would give funds,” he said. “How much funds would be required if free of cost surgeries and procedures are adopted,” Syed Qaim Ali Shah asked. Prof. Nadeem said that around 980 million would be required. Giving details he said Rs250 million for cardiac surgery, Rs280 million for primary PCI, Rs280 million for elective angioplasty, Rs100 million for pleads interventions etc.

The chief minister said him to put up a proposal for the purpose. “I would try my best to spare maximum funds for you and would request the philanthropists to come over to shoulder financial burden to heal our the ailing people. The chief minister on the request of the governing body said that he would talk to Zakat department to enhance zakat grant of NICVD from Rs20 million to at least Rs30 million.

He lauded the generous donations by philanthropists and said “our people are God fearing and generous to help others if the cause is genuine and the working team is honest,” he said and added Professor Nadeem Qamar and his team members and the board members have served selflessly and have earned respect and prayers of poor people of this province.

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