KARACHI - Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD), one of the main teaching hospitals of Pakistan, is in need of the government’s attention, as it faces financial hiccups, The Nation has learned. 

During the last four years KIHD has not been provided with sufficient funds by Karachi Municipal Corporation. However, KIHD has decided that 50 percent of the hospital should be privatised to generate revenue which would be spent on development of the hospital.

Conversely, KMC blames PPP-Lead Provincial Government for insufficient.

The KIHD was granted adequate funds during MQM time, which was evident in the hospital performance.

The management of KIHD, in its meeting held under Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, has decided that new sources of income should be formed to run Karachi Institute of Heart Disease properly.

It was also decided that transfers of doctors, nursing staff, technician and paramedical staff from department to be banned and that Angiography of patients should be done using all cardiac echo machines, so that more patients could be facilitated.

A study report was ordered to be prepared which will review the plan of privatizing 50 percent the hospital to better and develop the treatment at the hospital.

When Deputy Executive Director Dr Siraj was contacted by The Nation, he declined to comment on the issue. 

 A source in the hospital management told The Nation that during its good time KIHD used to offer Angiography and Angioplasty medical facilities to patients free of cost unlike these days.        

The 370 beds teaching hospital, which is located in the center of the city, started functioning on June 3, 2005. The main function of the institute was to undertake modern treatment of cardiovascular diseases, carryout research, prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases, undertake training of medical students and nurses both undergraduate and postgraduate level and develops itself into a center of excellence for treatment of cardiovascular diseases.