Punjab’s first-ever paediatric dialysis unit opens at NMU

The 6-bed unit consists of two dialysis machines and one RO plant

APP June 25, 2017

MULTAN: The Punjab’s first-ever paediatric dialysis unit opened at ward 19 of Nishtar Hospital on Saturday.

Nishtar Medical University (NMU) Vice Chancellor Dr Mustafa Kamal Pasha and a differently-abled girl Minhaj Maula jointly inaugurated the 6-bed unit. Initially, two dialysis machines and an RO (reverse osmosis) plant have been donated to unit by Taarey Zameen Par, a non-governmental organization, and after two months, it would fund two more machines.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at the conference hall of ward 19, NMU VC Dr Mustafa said the Paediatric Dialysis Unit was another feather in the cap of Nishtar Hospital.

He appreciated the commendable job and said the hospital administration has launched a sub-branch of blood collection centre at labour room which would be sent to the Nishtar Laboratory through hospital's carriers.

“The tests from the laboratory will be conducted on priority basis and its results will be available online in the ward after 40 minutes,” he said.

The VC said 150 patients were being operated upon at four operation theatres at Accident and Emergency Ward daily. The university has initiated a number of steps within in one-and-half month of Dr Mustafa taking charge as the vice chancellor. He said Clean Nishtar Campaign has been already launched in which 1,000 saplings would be planted at Nishtar.

Taaray Zameen Par CEO Fadia Kashif said her organisation was doing everything just for the sake of God. She shed light on number of projects her NGO was carrying on. Head of paediatric department NMU Dr Fauzua Zafar highlighted the initiatives taken by her team for the betterment of two paediatric units. She said a dream had come true in the form of Paediatric Dialysis Unit. Nishtar Medical College’s former principal Dr Samee Akhtar, Nishtar MS Dr Abdul Rehman, Dr Huma Qudoosi and others attended the ceremony.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2017.


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