KARACHI: An Indian doctor along with Pakistani counterparts conducted a medical camp for liver transplant patients in Karachi’s Dr. Ziauddin Hospital as part of the ‘peace clinic’ programme, an initiative whereby doctors from across the border share their expertise to help patients in Pakistan— specifically in areas of kidney and liver transplant.
Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin, chief liver transplant surgeon from Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, India visited Dr. Ziauddin Hospital in Karachi on Monday where he expressed a keen interest to facilitate Pakistani patients in their home country in the near future, adding that doctors from his hospital want to conduct surgeries at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital.
“We are also willing to give proper training to doctors and paramedics from Dr. Ziauddin Hospital at Medanta Hospital, which is one of the world’s biggest liver transplant institutes with state-of-the-art facilities,” Dr Soin said.
He was also keen to establish a combined kidney-liver ward at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, which he said will be run directly by his team and will be connected to Medanta Hospital in India through the latest IT infrastructure.
“I am very thankful to Mr. Naved Aslam, chairman of peace clinic, and Dr. Asim Hussain, chairman of Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, for giving us opportunities to utilise our expertise for the people of Pakistan,” Dr Soin said.
Dr. Anoop Dawani, medical superintendent at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, said on the occasion: “I am proud that Dr. Ziauddin Hospital is the only hospital in Pakistan that has taken the initiative to capitalise on the expertise of Indian doctors and resolve transplantation issues of the people of our country”.
Dr. Dawani said the main objective of peace clinic was to bring globally recognised doctors at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital to conduct joint-surgery procedures.
“This could bring a revolution in Pakistan’s healthcare industry, and the major beneficiaries will be Pakistani patients who will avail world class treatment in their home country”, Dr. Dawani said.
Earlier this year in February, doctors from Apollo hospitals of India and Dr. Ziauddin Hospital had conducted a joint surgery in Karachi to establish the peace clinic, where doctors from both countries would collaborate.
Prof Anupam Sibal, group director of the Apollo Hospital and renowned paediatric liver transplant surgeon had on the occasion said that the combined kidney and liver transplantation unit at the Dr. Ziauddin Hospital was established as a result of collaboration between the two hospitals.
He said that they would use the expertise of Indian doctors to treat Pakistani patients, primarily those in need of kidney and liver transplants.