KARACHI: In 2018, the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) claims to have received more than 1,356,926 patients with heart problems, performing around 14,588 major surgeries.
The operations of NICVD were based out of a single location cardiac until 2015 but it has now branched into ten more hospitals in various districts of the Sindh “to ensure the provision of costly heart treatments to huge population free of cost”.
In 2018, NICVD Karachi received a total of 487,731 patients with heart complaints and some 7,926 major surgeries were undertaken, while the Tando Muhammad Khan branch of NICVD received 160,028 patients and 876 surgeries done.
Moreover, official figures note that 137,702 patients were received and 2002 surgeries done at NICVD Sukkur, 33,431 patients received and 1159 surgeries done at NICVD Hyderabad, 13,831 patients and 151 surgeries at NICVD Mithi, 38,345 patients and 524 surgeries at NICVD Nawabshah, 22,436 patients and 475 surgeries at NICVD Sehwan Sharif, 27,689 patients and 195 surgeries at NICVD Khairpur, 43,914 patients and 1280 surgeries at NICVD Larkana and more than 46,813 patients received at NICVD Lyari.
Talking to Pakistan Today, NICVD’s Executive Director Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar claimed that the hospital has done 7,926 primary angioplasties, making it the “world’s largest centre for primary angioplasties or heart attack angioplasties”.
Elaborating, he shared that dwellers of the port city face difficulties due to traffic congestion which can delay them from reaching a hospital in case of a cardiac arrest.
“Now they can go to chest pain units set up by NICVD, which are container-based and have treated more than 150,000 patients in 2018”, he said, adding that 10 more chest pain units will be placed within the next two months.
Qamar claimed that the treatment modalities in NICVD satellite centres, chest pain units and the general ward at NICVD Karachi are free of cost.