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UOL, PCHF TO AID HEART-DEFECT CHILDREN

The University of Lahore (UOL)  and Pakistan Children’s Heart  Foundation (PCHF) signed an  agreement in October 2017 to launch  an interim surgical setup at UOL’s  Teaching Hospital in Lahore Campus  at Defence Road aimed at supporting  children born with congenital heart  defects (CHD). The partnership that  is based on sharing of resources and  expertise will result in increased access  to surgical facility for CHD patientsespecially of the local community  and train staff for UOL’s Centre of  Excellence. It will also reduce PCHF’s  surgery cost (no hospital service fee) by  33 percent.  UOL’s 230 bedded Tertiary Care  Teaching Hospital is providing state of  the art surgical and medical facilities  for this purpose. Whereas PCHF, a  non-profit organization dedicated to  supporting children born with congenital  heart defects is offering all the necessary  manpower in form of doctors, nurses arranging medicines and disposal.  With a fully functional emergency wing,  surgical and pediatric ICU, operation  threatres, outdoor and indoor services,  and other well equipped departments,  UOL Teaching Hospital becomes a  suitable host for this latest advance in  the health sector. PCHF on the other  hand, has access to world-class child  heart surgeons and cardiologists,  works with more than 8 Paediatric  Cardiac hospitals and has financed  over 815 surgeries within Pakistan.  The UOL-PCHF collaboration is  coming at a time when large number  of children with CHD die because  of lack of diagnosis and treatment.  Additionally, out of 15,000 paediatric  cardiac surgeries needed per year,  approximately only 3,000 are done  due to limited centres available. Today,  over 13,000 CHD patients are waiting  for operations in the few children  hospitals in the country. Yet, 50,000  kids are born with CHD annually.

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