PROMINENT HOSPITALS

Providing quality healthcare

By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Sep 24 - 30, 2007

A number of hospitals are operating in the country, each playing an important role in ensuring quality healthcare. While the role of public sector hospitals cannot be undermined the encouraging point is that masses play the most important role in fund raising.

SINDH INSTITUTE OF UROLOGY AND TRANSPLANTATION

SIUT started as an eight-bedded ward in Civil Hospital, Karachi. Over the years it has progressed from a small ward to the Centre of Excellence. In 1991 it was granted the status of an Institute by an Act of the Provincial Assembly and is one of the leading nephro-urlogical and transplant centres, offering patient services of this kind in the region.

At present, SIUT is located within Civil Hospital. SIUT's new premises Dewan Farooq Medical Complex is situated one block away and house many of its diagnostic facilities. This 300-bed Complex has been built on a plot of 1.5 acres granted by the Sindh Government. As such, it is one of the largest centres for renal diseases and transplantation in the region, covering an area of 315, 000 sq. feet. The construction of the Complex was made possible by the generous donation from Dewan Mushtaq family, a local philanthropic business concern.

THE AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (AKUH) established in 1985 as the primary teaching site of the Aga Khan University's (AKU) Faculty of Health Sciences. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the hospital provides a broad range of secondary and tertiary care, including diagnosis of disease and team management of patient care. The hospital's multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and care ensures a continuum of safe and high quality care for patients - with all services under one roof.

The hospital promotes the Aga Khan University's objective of promoting human welfare in general and the welfare of the people of Pakistan in particular, by disseminating knowledge and providing instruction, training, research, and service in the health sciences. Aga Khan University is Pakistan's largest private medical institute and hospital.

AKUH has 504 beds in operation and its in-patients have the region's lowest average length of stay of 4 days. The hospital is equipped to diagnose and treat medical (including cardiac), surgical, obstetric and gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry patients. A total of 542 beds, 122 Private and 117 Semi-Private air-conditioned rooms, 251 General Ward beds and 52 special care beds are available in ICU, CCU and NICU. The Hospital has 11 main Operating Theaters. In addition to these, there are 4 Operating Theaters in Surgical Day Care and 1 in Obs/Gyn. Day Care Surgeries are performed at AKUH. State-of-the-art Pharmacy, Radiology (including nuclear medicine), Laboratory, Cardiopulmonary, Neurophysiology and Physiological Measurement services are available at AKUH. To facilitate public accessibility and convenience, AKUH Laboratory operates 47 specimen collection centers in Karachi and all major cities of Pakistan.

TABBA HEART INSTITUTE

Tabba Heart Institute is a recently established cardiac hospital with a vision to provide quality services and compassionate care at an affordable cost. The key objective is to promote excellence in the field of cardiac health. To realize the vision with an uncompromising attitude, the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, harnessed by hard core professionals with a proven track record. Believing that a serene environment is vital and serves as a catalyst in the healing and recovery process, the most modern architecture of the building reflects the passion and commitment of the people behind it.

Its artistic adornments and carefully selected horticultural scheme speaks of the high standards of aesthetic perception. Apart from the technological and architectural superiority its team makes the difference. All professionals working at THI share the same passion with which this hospital was established and everyone connected to this project feels responsible to radiate that spirit.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) was established in 1963 to meet the national need to cope with the increasing demand for the diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and also to keep pace with the rapid technological advances in the practice of cardiology through research and development. NICVD was the first Cardiology Institute of the region. It is the biggest and the pioneer institution of its kind in Pakistan and South Asia.

The Institute has 360 beds (functionally 400 plus beds) in the three medical, one surgical, one pediatric ward, three coronary care units, one surgical intensive care unit and one 28-bed Emergency unit. It caters the patients from all over Pakistan as well as some from neighboring countries.

The daily out patient attendance averages 1200 patients and an average of 250 patients are attended to in the emergency unit out of which 25-35 patients including 10-20 acute infarctions are admitted daily. Over 3000 Coronary Angiographies and Cardiac Cath Studies are carried out every year and over 500 Coronary Angioplasties are done per year. Temporary and permanent pacemakers are implanted routinely.

CIVIL HOSPITAL

Civil Hospital, Karachi is a 1670-bed tertiary care public hospital that imparts both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training. It is one of the teaching hospitals affiliated with Dow University of Health Sciences. The department of surgery comprises six general surgical units besides the specialties of neurosurgery, pediatric, surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, vascular surgery, maxillo-facial surgery and plastic surgery. All units function independently.

SHAUKAT KHANUM MEMORIAL CANCER HOSPITAL

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is a state-of-the-art cancer centre located in Lahore. It is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. The institution is the brainchild of Pakistani cricket superstar, Imran Khan. The inspiration came after the death of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum, from cancer.