LAHORE: The Punjab’s first bone marrow transplant (BMT) project at Children Hospital has been completed at a cost of Rs240 million.
The grant was provided by the provincial government for setting up a state-of-the-art BMT centre for children suffering from blood cancer. Highly qualified and trained doctors, nurses and paramedics have been posted at the centre. The training to the staff was imparted in Sindh National Institute of Blood Diseases. The special team of Punjab Human Organs Transplant Authority (PHOTA) have visited the Children Hospital and inspected the newly established BMT and expressed their satisfaction over the facility.
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It was informed in a meeting chaired by Secretary Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah at Children Hospital on Sunday. Besides, Dean Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital Dr Masood Sadiq, Medical Director Dr Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre Project Director Dr Tahir Shamsi, Prof Huma Arshad Cheema, Incharge BMT Centre Consultant Dr Mehvish Faizan and doctors, nurses and paramedics who have completed the training in bone marrow transplant were also present in the meeting.
Briefing the secretary, Dr Ahsan Rathore said Dr Mehvish Faizan has been appointed as the incharge of BMT Centre. She has got a two-year training in Birmingham Hospital, UK. Prof Rathore further informed the meeting that six doctors and six nurses were trained as master trainers in Sindh National Institute of Blood Diseases Karachi.
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During the last six months, these master trainers have trained more than 60 doctors, nurses and paramedics. He said PHOTA team had visited the centre and expressed its satisfaction over the arrangements, however, proper permission would be received within few days from the team and hopefully the first child would be admitted in the centre for bone marrow transplantation in the next week of August.
Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah asked Children Hospital Dean Prof Masood Sadiq to prepare feasibility report for setting up bone marrow centres in Faisalabad and Multan hospitals so that maximum patients could be accommodated.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2017.