Lahore’s Children Hospital to perform first ever bone marrow transplant in July

Published: February 11, 2016
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Prof Dr Tahir Shamsi will coordinate with the institute’s management to finalise the arrangements for the first ever bone marrow transplantation in the Punjab as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has sought his assistance in establishing a bone marrow centre in the province. PHOTO: FILE

Prof Dr Tahir Shamsi will coordinate with the institute’s management to finalise the arrangements for the first ever bone marrow transplantation in the Punjab as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has sought his assistance in establishing a bone marrow centre in the province. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Lahore’s Children Hospital is set to perform its first ever bone marrow transplant in July this year after the Punjab government gave approval for the procedure to be carried out in public sector hospitals.

“In July, this year’s first bone marrow transplant operation will be carried out at the Children Hospital in Lahore under the supervision of Professor Dr Tahir Shamsi, Consultant Haematologist & Transplant Physician and Medical Director of National Institute of Blood Diseases & Bone Marrow Transplantation, Karachi (NIBD),” a notification issued by the Punjab Health Department said.

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Professor Shamsi will coordinate with the institute’s management to finalise the arrangements for the first ever bone marrow transplant in the province as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has sought his assistance in establishing a bone marrow centre.

In this regard, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Punjab government and the NIBD according to which the NIBD will provide assistance to the provincial government for building a bone marrow transplant centre at the Children Hospital in Lahore.

“I have been appointed as a convener and consultant for Bone Marrow Centre at the Children Hospital,” Dr Shamsi told The Express Tribune. “Rs231 million for surgical and medical equipment and Rs27 million for completion of infrastructure have been released by the Punjab government.”

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A 21-member team, including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, will handle the transplant centre, the idea of which was conceived by the Punjab government as earlier as 2005.

“A nine-member team is being trained here at the NIBD under my supervision,” Dr Shamsi said and added that he will provide his services to the Punjab government free of cost.

Meanwhile, Medical Director of Children Hospital Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore told The Express Tribune that it was for the first time in the Punjab that the government was taking measures to provide the facility of such transplantation to the affected children of bone marrow, cancer and blood diseases.

“For this the government has built a new block comprising of 60 beds,” Rathore said, adding the bone marrow treatment at a private facility in the country roughly costs around Rs15 million to Rs20 million.

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Lauding the initiative, Rathore said the Punjab government always took such initiatives in the interest of the poor people. “Before this, the facility was only available at the Armed Forces Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Rawalpindi and the NIBD in Karachi,” he said.

In November last year, the Punjab chief minister had announced the establishment of the province’s first ever bone marrow transplantat centre and provided Rs230 million on the advice of a provincial health adviser.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Malik Saab
    Feb 11, 2016 - 7:13PM

    What Punjab needs is a liver transplant center on an urgent basis. More than 10,000 people die because of liver borne diseases in Punjab alone. No proper treatment facilities are available anywhere.
    One Transplant center costs less then 2 billion rupees. If just one underpass will not be constructed in the future in Lahore, then this facility can be established. But who will tell PMLN that how to prioritize health sector.
    5 liver transplant centers can be constructed around Punjab at the cost of 10 billion rupees ( less than 30 percent of the cost of Lahore ring road project).Recommend

  • Faisal
    Feb 11, 2016 - 8:20PM

    We only know criticism.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Feb 11, 2016 - 10:34PM

    @Faisal:
    of course we have to criticise one because its not in peshawar and second they are not opening with 500 beds capacityRecommend

  • Hady
    Feb 12, 2016 - 2:50AM

    One of the few good news you come on across on a good day.
    My best wishes for team Children Hospital for success all the way.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:42AM

    Great development!Recommend

  • Tp
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:42AM

    “First ever”?? Looks like Pakistan has a long way to go.Recommend

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