PESHAWAR: The government is launching first-ever in vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre at the Khyber Teaching Hospital to cope with the increasing incidence of infertility in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and nearby Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
“Eight to 10 per cent patients visit the out-patient departments due to infertility. The IVF Centre to cost Rs17.5million will provide the facility to the couples in a government-run hospital,” Dr Umar Ayub Khan, chief executive of the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), Khyber Medical College (KMC) and Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD) disclosed during press conference on Sunday.
He said the centre would become operational in a month. “Not only it would cater to patients’ needs but studies about causes of infertility and other related problems would be conducted as part of the medical education programme to reduce burden of diseases,” he said.
Dr Umar Ayub said that majority of the patients from KP and Fata visited the IVF centres in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi due to lack of the facility in the province. Despite numerous challenges, he said that in his tenure, he tried his level best to introduce drastic changes in the hospital and improve patient care.
He said the heart patients were earlier used to be taken to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for angiography and angioplasty but they would start the same procedures at the KTH in May as a Cath Lab has set up.
The hospital, he added, was well on its way to launch laparoscopic surgery and the procedure would be watched by doctors as part of the training. “We are giving Isoflurane as anaesthesia to the patients, which has relieved the patients of the post-operative hassles, like vomiting, headache and nausea,” he said.
He said building for the widening of the accident and emergency department was nearing its completion that also included a mass trauma centre to receive patients from the sites of the terror attacks, fire, earthquakes, etc.
The KTH chief executive said that keeping in view of the surge in breast caner, they installed mammography machine in the tertiary care hospital, adding that it helped in prompt diagnosis of the disease in early stage that was curable. Also, he said the 1122 service launched for emergency treatment during calamities had benefited the people.
Dr Umar Ayub said they could not provide free treatment to all the patients but measures were being taken to put in place advance and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure patients’ treatment according to standard protocols.
He said he used all available resources to improve healthcare and due to burden of patients, new wards were established at the hospital, including orthopaedic and gynae.He said it was due to improvement in healthcare facilities that the number of patients increased and majority of the 1240-bed hospital remain full to capacity.
Also, Dr Umar Ayub said that during his short tenure, he established a full-fledged plastic surgery ward for burn patients, up-gradation of dialysis and nephrology units and echocardiography room aimed to improve patients’ care.
He said work on medical academic block was in progress and would be completed in one year, which he hoped, would increase bed capacity in the overcrowded hospital. He also said that four new chairlifts were installed at the hospital to benefit patients, particularly women and elderly people.