Shaheed BB Institute of Cardiology faces actute shortage of medics

KARACHI: Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute of Cardiology located in Lyari General Hospital Karachi is facing acute shortage of specialist doctors and funds since last some years, it was learned on Monday.

Sources at Lyari General Hospital on condition of anonymity said Shaheed Benazir Institute of Cardiology, a separate instiution, was established in Lyari General Hospital in previous government tenure. The institution was constructed on the directives of former president of Pakistan.

They said as per the PC-1 of the project, instiution building should have capacity of 200 beds, but only 100 beds housing facilities building had been constructed so far due to modification of project. They informed that administration of Lyari Hospital has been temporary running the affairs of institution as provincial health authorities have not approved the PC-4 for institution

They informed that hospital administration was running the cardio institution include OPD, angiography, medicines and other services by their own. They informed that all diagnostic equipments are available in intuition but unfortunaly manpower could not be provided so far despite passage of several years.

They said currently, 100 to 150 patients with heart diseases visit OPD on daily basis. The angiography service is also available in center. They said PC-4 of project could not approve yet despite the passage of several years.

They said institution urgently needed 22 specialist doctors, 15 staff nurses and 40 paramedical staff to run cardio institution round-the-clock and also to cater to patients with cardiovascular diseases at local level.

They demanded of the Health Minister, Secretary Health and other high-ups to provide funds and specialist doctors to run the institution affairs smoothly.

Medical Superintendent Lyari General Hospital Dr Aziz Soomro was not available for comment.

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