Since its establishment in December last year, the Cardiology Department at Daska Civil Hospital has been facing unavailability of basic facilities and instruments such as labs, machinery as well as staff due to which the heart patients suffer great ordeal, it is learnt.

Three months ago, after the decades long wait by the local people, the Punjab Health Department had established the department without providing necessary instruments, machinery and staff. It is working in a small room and no cardiology ward has yet been established there. A cardiologist only checks the patients and refers them to the other government hospitals for their medical treatment. The people of Daska have expressed grave concern over the situation, besides, expressing dismay over the negligence of elected representatives of Daska for not showing any interest in solving the issue.

The patients are forced to go to the local private laboratories for further treatment while the number of the outdoor patients is growing day by day. The Health Department had appointed Dr Zaheerud Din Babar at the cardiology department.

Local doctors said the cardiology department direly needed trained doctors in cardiology, staff, nurses and paramedics, central monitoring system, central oxygen system, beds (mobile and adjustable) preferably  electrically operated and easily removable, head board, defibrillator at least 2-Synchrolized Defibrillator and external pacemaker’s device, temporary pacemaker, resuscitation trolley, drugs and backup  equipments necessary for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation/intubations. Moreover, bags mask ventilation is required to achieve high flow and for providing better healthcare for the patients of Daska region.

The Cardiology Department also lacks ventilator system, portable ventilator and aesthetic assistance for incubators, extubation from ventilator and during mechanical ventilator support. It requires cardiac message board  one for every 3-4 beds,  aspiration system x1, IV infusion pumps x2 for one bed, 12 leads ECG machine, blood glucose monitoring device, Serum Electrolytes &  Cardiac Enzyme Lab facility, preferable ICU backup and Echo Machine as well.

Furthermore, it faces shortage of medicines due to which the patients were asked to buy the needed medicines from the local private medical stores. Early betterment in working of the department and filling of the vacant posts are direly needed.

When contacted, Daska Civil Hospital Dr Sajjad Nabi Sayyan Medical Superintendent said that funds of Rs2.5 million were direly needed for provision of these medical instruments at Cardiology Department. He said that he had brought the situation into the notice of high-ups of the department.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner Ch Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhoon said that he had conducted an important meeting of the Daska based philanthropists for financial cooperation. He added that they assured him of their full support and donated the needed funds for the cardiology department.