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Providing free quality public healthcare has been a cornerstone of the Pakistan People’s Party manifesto. The advancements in healthcare in Sindh, where PPP is in government, bear testament to this commitment and its success has been unparalleled. Be it cardiac care, liver and kidney transplants, or bringing down infant mortality through pre- and neo-natal care, PPP remains at the forefront of providing free quality healthcare for all.

Under the Pakistan People’s Party Sindh Government, the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD) has been strengthened into one of the strongest cardiac networks. It stands out as the largest network in the world, spreading across 22 districts of Sindh with 10 hospitals and 24 chest pain units.

In addition to the ten hospitals across Sindh— Karachi, Tando Muhammad Khan, Hyderabad, Sehwan, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Mithi, and Khairpur — Pakistan People’s Party Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has laid the foundation stone of yet another hospital, in Landhi, Karachi.

The Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases is set to be the world’s largest cardiac hospital with a 1,200-bed facility. Many opponents are quick to tarnish the hard work and achievements by the PPP by peddling outright lies that the health sector is in ruins. Contrary to those claims, an entire cardiac network has been established across Sindh with the focus of giving free, quality cardiac care, not just to a few cities but across the entire province.

Treatments that cost thousands of dollars abroad have been made free and accessible due to the hard work of Pakistan People’s Party under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

Take an angioplasty, a necessary medical procedure used to treat blocked or narrow blood vessels in the heart.

Typically used for coronary artery disease, which occurs when there is a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which reduces blood flow to the heart, causing chest pains or potentially life-threatening heart attack.

Abroad this procedure could cost anywhere between $11,000 and $30,000 or even upwards. In the UAE, for example, this procedure can cost 45,000 AED for a single stent with 15,000 AED being the cost per each additional stent. It could be argued that why compare with international hospitals and not with a local private hospital. The reason is that the procedures available and standard of care at NICVDs across Sindh rivals international standards.

Just in the past 5 years approximately over 100,000 primary angioplasties and over 25,000 cardiac surgeries have been conducted in NICVDs across Sindh. Since 2021, stroke interventions are also available at NICVD, a first in public hospitals in Pakistan, and over a 100 successful stroke interventions have been conducted. And NICVD doesn’t just cater to people from Sindh.

Free quality healthcare is provided without any discrimination to people no matter where they hail from. Every year the number of patients from provinces other than Sindh increases as NICVD continues to provide free treatment across board. Just in the last three years, over 800,000 patients from across Pakistan (excluding Sindh) have been treated at NICVD.

Despite the malicious allegations being circulated against the PPP and its leadership, the reality of the situation is that the PPP is the only party to have established such revolutionary treatment centers in Pakistan.

PPP and its Sindh Government believe in improving public hospitals and today takes pride in having the best cardiac, liver, kidney, and children’s hospitals in the country. These hospitals aren’t restricted to one city; they are spread across various districts of the province, providing free, quality healthcare to people’s doorsteps.

Whether it’s Gambat Institute of Medical Science in Khairpur, providing free liver, kidney, bone marrow and cancer treatment, or the establishment of Child Life hospitals across Sindh, or JPMC CyberKnife robotic radio-surgery targeting cancer ranging from; brain, head, neck and spine, that abroad could cost $60,000-$90,000 is available in Karachi, Pakistan, for free, or any of the other health initiatives established by the PPP, the fact remains that it is only the Pakistan People’s Party that remains committed to serving the people of Pakistan, regardless of religion, cast, creed or ethnicity.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Toheed Ahmed Mar 22, 2023 10:22am
NICVD truly stands out as one of the finest institutions Pakistan medical infrastructure has ever had. My nephew had a non-treatable heart condition, NICVD and the doctors there did their best and installed pacemaker on his heart and extended his life for 3 years but he needed a transplant and therefore couldn't survive. Nevertheless, NICVD if continues on its current path and becomes capable for transplant surgeries it can surely be one of the finest institutions in the region.
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John Mar 22, 2023 10:27am
A Wadera outlook! She has no time to visit and find out the ground realities in rural sinDH!
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ABZ Mar 22, 2023 10:29am
Its the first Article that I am reading on ABZ (its funny how our initials matched.....). Indeed it is good that much of the general community is being served in Sindh. But my question always remain on the basic principles that why health of people deteriorate to such levels.... Efforts should be minimum post repercussion when health disasters occur. Efforts should be maximum in having a healthy life style..... I have never read any Article or even effort that focus is made on the better health.... In my view what more is important is the Education part for the people living in Sindh Province especially the far-flung areas..... Education converts your living into a healthy living.... But then I wonder that since 1947 up-till now only 59% of our population is the literacy rate... Not sure how much is it in Sindh....
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Shahjee Mar 22, 2023 10:38am
PPP has made Sind Jannat ul Firdaus for the poorest. May Allah Bless it and Bhuttoos without whom this was not possible.
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Faisal Altaf Mar 22, 2023 10:59am
I can personally vouch for the credibility of NICVD quality of service. We are on the brink of default, but yet able to provide such services for the poor. This is commendable and deserves appreciation of the Sindh government leadership.
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Zulfiqar Ali Mar 22, 2023 11:48am
Pathetic attempt to take credit for other peoples' work - NICVD exists because of its doctors and despite the PPP govt. This spoilt brat should try and venture out of her mansions see the miserbale conditions that people are living in Sindh.
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Sumroo Mar 22, 2023 12:06pm
More than half million pregnant women in rural Sindh are still awaiting for medical help! Long live Bhutto! People are dead!
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Rafique Mar 22, 2023 02:31pm
Weldone PPP teams. you guys did a briliant job for the betterment of sindh public
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imdad kolori Mar 22, 2023 03:43pm
cancer preaching about healthcare . Made khi into a slum , sindh into a wasteland
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Ali Mar 22, 2023 03:52pm
Oh please, I had respect for Business Recorder. Never expected is PUFF PIECE.
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 22, 2023 06:50pm
All sounds fine. But why are the Bhutto Zardaris not receiving treatment in your hospital, but rushing abroad at the drop of a hat? Author is just another political dynast hack.
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zh Mar 22, 2023 10:57pm
@Ali, Every one has his or her price.
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KhanRA Mar 23, 2023 12:40am
Ask a neutral third party to review Sindh’s healthcare, but not a Bhutto.
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John Mar 23, 2023 08:17am
@Ali, No one can deny puff pieces to Waderas!
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Azaree Mar 23, 2023 08:19am
@Sumroo, Bilawal Zardari is visiting all power centers of the world and does not have time to visit poor victims of floods in rural sindh.
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Rizwan Mar 23, 2023 11:31am
Garbage in, garbage out. Nothing more was expected from you.
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bonce richard Mar 23, 2023 06:18pm
@Rizwan, I agreed with you.
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