LAHORE - As many as 1,100 patients are waiting for surgery due to shortage of cardiac surgeons at Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Briefing the media about the performance of the institution during the last year, PIC Chief Executive Prof Bilal Zakriya said that the Health Department has been asked to appoint more cardiac surgeons to resolve the issue of delay in carrying out surgeries. MS Dr Obaida Nighat, Prof Abdul Waheed, Director Finance Hassan Latif and other administrative doctors were also present.Prof Zakriya said that PIC was facing heavy workload due to ever increasing number of cardiac patients. He said that over 4,000 patients were waiting for Angiography. “There is always a long queue of patients waiting for different procedures. Institute is facing shortage of cardiac surgeons for which Health Department has been approached. After making two new operation theaters operational, the waiting time of patients will be reduced”, he said. To a question, he said that the institute had approached the Health Department to resolve the issue of construction of Emergency Block with the financial assistance of APTMA. To another question, he said that preliminary report of purchase of substandard thread had been forwarded to the Health Department for further action. He said that the PIC accommodated two lakh patients at OPD and one lakh 20 thousand at emergency during the last year. “The PIC is annually admitting two lakh patients. Allocation for purchase of medicines in 2012-13 was Rs 525 million which has been enhanced to Rs 574 million”, he said. He said that 90 percent of the patients are being treated free of cost and only 10 percent are paying patients or general users. He said that consultants are doing private practice within the institution in evening. He clarified that private patients are being treated only in evening and no such patients are allowed to be examined during office hours. MS Dr Obaida Nighat said that 31,000 echo cardiography, 5,000 ETT, 6,000 nuclear medicines tests, 2,000 CT angiography, 16,000 angiography and 2,000 open hearts surgery were carried out during the last year.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 12-Feb-2014 here.