Center of Excellence for Prevention, Cardiovascular Research at NIHD to be completed in 4 years

ISLAMABAD – The government has expedited work to establish NIHD Center of Excellence for Prevention, Cardiovascular Research & Development at the National Institute of Heart Diseases (NIHD), Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs7.869billion.

The project has been envisaged for establishment of a 160-bed indoor cardiac facility along with focus on R&D in the field of cardiology in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), also known as the National Institute of Heart Diseases. The completion period of the project is 48 months and it will be completed by 2026. The Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology also known as the National Institute of Heart Diseases or NIHD is a government and military cardiac hospital located in Rawalpindi Cantonment.

This 800-bed cardiac health care institute is a major institute and hospital in Pakistan. The hospital delivers heart disease and health care services to people of Pakistan Armed Forces and fellow citizens of the country. The center will be a state-of-the-art preventive, research and development center for cardio vascular diseases. It will introduce advanced modalities of community-based preventive research and corresponding development of services/ products aimed at reducing the disease burden in the society and therefore cost effective treatment of CVDs.  The project shall set forth a paradigm shift from therapeutics to prevention, thus reduction in the disease burden of cardiovascular diseases in the society, within the overall domain of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which can result in development of a healthy society.

The new NEPCARD building will be one basement, ground plus six-storey building. The total covered area of the NEPCARD/NIHD block will be 297,990 sqft. The basement will be used for the installation of the HVAC plant and other service areas. The building will contain a 160-bed research hospital. The block will be provided with a state-of-the-art centralised medical system like a centralised oxygen supply to every patient bed, centralised boiling and chilling system for hot and cold-water supply and centralised air conditioning system.

The objective of the project is to conduct community-based research for cardiovascular diseases prevention, with specific reference to non-communicable diseases. The facility will also impart skills and develop expertise, through requisite resource provision and training to cardiovascular scientists and clinical investigators, in preventive cardiology, diabetes and hypertension.


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