FPCCI to stand firm with NICVD
Lahore: Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI, has expressed his profound concerns over insufficient funding to NICVD – the last hope for millions of poor, needy and helpless heart patients from across Pakistan and beyond.
FPCCI Chief added that NICVD is one of its kind cardiovascular care hospital in the world for providing state-of-the-art medical and emergency care free of cost; and, FPCCI cannot sit idle and do nothing to save it. Henceforth, FPCCI has decided to help NICVD’s voice heard to governmental, non-governmental and international donors.
Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that NICVD served a whopping number of 2.3 million helpless heart patients in 2019, 1.6 million in 2020 and will serve around 2.3 million patients in 2021 as well.
Mr. Nasir Khan, VP FPCCI, said that NICVD is a centre of excellence in true sense as it successfully treats those cardiac patients who have spent millions of rupees in private hospitals of Karachi but still have not been fully and effectively treated. He commended NICVD for serving the patients in an absolutely non-discriminatory manner; irrespective of color, ethnicity, religion, social-class and even nationality – as even patients from neighboring Afghanistan are being treated for free.
Prof. Dr. Nadeem Qamar, Executive Director NICVD, thanked President and VP of FPCCI for visiting NICVD and listening to their concerns. He also requested the visiting delegation to help NICVD raise funds though private businesses and international donors with the use of FPCCI’s linkages and marketing expertise.
Dr. Sohail Khan, an Interventional Cardiologist, also attended the meeting and said that NICVD is an example for the developing world for saving hundreds of thousands of lives annually through providing world-class emergency cardiac care and we all should come together to help raise funds for the poor patients it treats.
FPCCI requests CM Sindh and the Federal Government of Pakistan to immediately enhance the funding and grants to the institution – and, help save innumerable lives and families dependent on those lives.