KIHD needs doctors, skilled staff

KARACHI: The Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) urgently needs specialist doctors, skilled staff nurses and technicians to run newly established private ward and operation theatres more effectively.

An administrative official at KIHD told PPI Wednesday that the institute management urgently needs cardiologists, staff nurses and paramedical staff. He informed that a private ward has already been established in the institute, comprising 48 rooms, two ICUs and five angiography machines. He said that initially, 24 rooms of the private ward have been made functional with an aim to generate more revenue for the institute.

He further said the hospital management was also planning to open more operation theatres and another new ward; therefore, there was urgent need of doctors, technicians and skilled nurses to make the private ward and operation theatres fully operational.

The official said that the number of visiting patients in the hospital has declined for last few years due to non-supply of medicines. He said city’s second largest heart disease healthcare run by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) also has been facing severe financial crisis for last many years and it could not provide the free of cost healthcare facilities to the patients of cardiovascular diseases.

He said that the patients have to buy costly medicines from private medical stores due to due to shortage of medicines in the hospital store. He said the healthcare administration was providing available treatment facilities to the poor patients from its limited resources. However, due to non-supply of medicines the number of visiting patients has declined in the institute.

He informed that the KIHD is a teaching hospital, fully equipped with emergency room, CCU, medical wards, surgical wards, private wards, intensive care unit, two cardiac catheterization laboratories, two surgical theatres, a rehabilitation centre, research department and laboratory for routine blood investigations.

The KIHD caters to the needs of heart patients of not only Karachi but also from interior Sindh and Balochistan. He said due to the non-supply of drugs and financial crisis, the poor and needy patients now prefer to visit other government cardio-care hospitals.

Senior Director Health & Medical Services Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Dr Salma Kausar Ali, when contacted, said the hospital administration has not sent any request for additional staff to her, adding there already has been adequate number of staff available in the institute.