Shaheed BB Institute of Cardiology Lyari awaits govt attention

KARACHI: Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute of Cardiology at Lyari General Hospital (LGH) Karachi could not be made fully operational despite the passage of several years, sources at LGH told on Tuesday.

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

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

The Sanctioned New Expenditure (SNE) of institute, under which doctors and paramedical staff are to be appointed on a permanent basis, has also not been okayed yet. The Lyari hospital administration was running the cardio institution include OPD, angiography, medicines and other services on their own. They informed that all diagnostic equipments are available in institution but unfortunately manpower could not be provided so far despite passage of several years.

They said currently, 150 to 200 patients with heart diseases visit OPD on daily basis. The angiography service is also available in the centre. They said PC-4 of project could not be approved yet. They said institution urgently needs 22 cardiologists, 15 staff nurses and 40 paramedical staff to run cardio institution round-the-clock and to cater to patients with cardiovascular diseases at local level.

The administration of Lyari General Hospital has been facing acute shortage of skilled staff and specialist doctors to run the affairs of institution smoothly and more effectively.

Sectary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, when contacted, said PC-1 of project will be approved soon so as to complete remaining construction of building. He claimed that there is no shortage of skilled staff and doctors at the centre.