Administrator of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Friday inaugurated the 22nd Chest Pain Unit of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) at the Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) in the district central.
He expressed on this occasion the hope that the new chest pain unit will be transformed into a full-fledged satellite center of the NICVD in the coming days. “Establishing the NICVD Chest Pain Unit at the Institute of Heart Disease Karachi in the FB area of the city was my dream and today it has come true. From now on, people in this area comprising the Central and Eastern districts would enjoy the services of NICVD free of charge,” Wahab said at the inauguration of the chest pain unit.
The Karachi Administrator said that soon the chest pain unit at KIHD will be converted into a satellite center of NICVD, having interventional cardiology and heart surgery facilities for people of all age groups.
“The NICVD is the hallmark of the Government of Sindh population health services in the province. People from all over Pakistan are coming to Karachi and other cities in Sindh for free quality cardiac care services,” Wahab said, adding that people from abroad also come to NICVD Karachi and Sukkur for cardiac treatment.
In his address, NICVD Executive Director, Prof. Nadeem Qamar informed the event that more than 675,604 patients had been seen in the chest pain units over the past five years. Among them, 246,228 were heart patients and 14,331 people had suffered heart attacks whose lives were saved in time due to the provision of appropriate drugs.
“When a patient comes to our healthcare facility, we ensure that each patient receives the required treatment. It is the most successful health care program in the world, which has saved countless lives and helped thousands to lead healthy lives.
Professor Qamar said that from a hospital, the NICVD had grown into a vast network in the space of five years. “Today, there are 10 full-fledged hospitals and 22 chest pain treatment units in the province.”