ABBOTABAD: Keeping in view the welfare of patients and their grievances, the Ayub Teaching Hospital administration has decided to give a new life to the gynaecology and paediatric unit which has not been functioning for almost a decade. The facility is expected to start functioning within three months.
When The Express Tribune contacted Ayub Teaching Hospital Director Dr Siddique Rehman for his comments, he said the 400-bed gynaecology and paediatric wards at the facility would start functioning in three months.
He added this would help ease the burden on the hospital and facilitate the administration and staff to cater to the needs of patients.
“The 400-bed unit was constructed about 10 years ago but never started functioning.” He pointed out, “As a result, it put an additional burden on the existing 100-bed gynaecology and paediatric wards creating difficulties for patients and staff.”
Rehman claimed in order to make the unit functional and utilise the building, he sought help from the ATH administration and government.
“Tenders have been issued for acquiring long-pending requirements such as medical gas, heating and cooling systems, an elevator and some civil works.” He further said, “The deadline to make the unit functional is three months.” While responding to a question, the ATH director told The Express Tribune that after relocating the existing two wards to the new unit, the remaining space would be utilised for new ICUs and CCUs which would also enhance the capacity of the hospital.
Regarding the CT scan facility, he stated the Afghan envoy recently donated a machine to ATH and it would be available within the next 30 days.
Rehman maintained, “A committee has been formed to hire a hospital director, medical director and the dean of Ayub Medical College in accordance with the provisions of MTI Reforms Act 2016.” He said the interviews of the shortlisted candidates would be held on April 23 and 24. The ATH Board of Governors would finalise the selection.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2016.