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Govt support needed for expansion of ICU

Govt support needed for expansion of ICU

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A seven-bed intensive care unit established with donations of philanthropists at the teaching hospital of Ghazi Medical College (GMC) needs government’s supervision for its smooth functioning and further expansion.

It is the only ICU in four districts of the Dera Ghazi Khan division which also facilitates people from adjacent districts of Balochistan, KP and Sindh.

The ICU was established in April 2014 with the hectic efforts of Ghazi Medical College principal Dr Shamim Hussain.

ICU in-charge Dr Ibrar Khosa said the unit was functioning entirely on the donations extended by philanthropists.

He said the two ventilators were insufficient to cater to the needs of the increasing number of patients from the Dera division and adjacent areas of Balochistan, KP and Sindh.

He suggested that at least 20 beds should be provided at the ICU.

“Since patients at the ICU need 24-hour look after and care of nurses, there is an urgent need to address the issue of shortage of human resources,” he said.

Dr Ibrar said the ICU should be shifted from the upper storey of the trauma center to the ground floor with a facility of a separate power generating system.

He said the ICU also needed more saturation monitors and other necessary equipment.

Principal Dr Shamim Hussain said the ICU needed government’s support for its expansion and provision of required female nurses and the staff.

Published in Dawn, June 8th, 2015

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