Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Heart Institute set to benefit 12 million Pakistanis in Balochistan province
Pakistani Army Chief of Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday inaugurated the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Heart Institute, located in the city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.
The building is constructed on an area of 121,406 m² and at a cost of $27.30 million financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
This decision follows the directives of the President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and with the support of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.
The project is being implemented under the continued support of the UAE leadership to Pakistan.
Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program (UAE PAP) said such initiatives contribute to the overall development of the individual and society, support and build the capacity of the health sector in Pakistan and allow it to provide the best health services to its citizens.
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Through these initiatives, several health projects have been implemented and completed, he noted.
The institute will serve as a reference center for hospitals and clinics in the region regarding the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
It will benefit 12 million Pakistanis in the province of Balochistan. The number of heart patients is around 70,900, of whom more than 1,064 die every year due to lack of treatment.
The absorptive capacity of the institute includes the provision of diagnostic and treatment services to more than 500 patients per day and 182,000 patients per year, with a medical staff of 136 doctors and specialists, in addition to 350 nurses and technicians .
The institute consists of 17 buildings. The main building includes outpatient departments, specialist clinics, emergency department, dental department, cardiac catheterization room, intensive care units and inpatient suites with a capacity of 120 beds. Also, a dialysis service with a capacity of 18 beds, a pharmacy and eight specialized laboratories for medical examinations (nuclear radiation, biochemistry, hematology, immunology, bacteriology, molecular biology production, and two others for cardiac catheterization).
It also includes a biomedical department to conduct clinical research and scientific studies on cardiovascular disease cases using modern technologies.
It also contains independent administrative and service buildings which include accommodation for doctors, nurses and administrators, in addition to a mosque, a building for the administration of the institute, a club for doctors and employees , an energy management station, medical and hazardous waste collection centers, a heliport for ambulance planes, a fire station, control towers, gardens, a market and car parks.