The Indus Hospital conducted the fifth biennial ICON in January 2020 which was inaugurated by President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi. The conference was attended by notable delegates from across the globe. The conference had overarching plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, abstract and poster presentations.
The conference serves as a great opportunity to share experiences and best practices and highlights the latest developments in the healthcare sector. ICON 2020 was aligned with the Government of Pakistan’s commitment towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 of good health and well-being for all. The conference highlighted initiatives taken by The Indus Hospital to address healthcare challenges in Pakistan by bringing together disparate and like-minded institutions and individuals
The Indus Hospital participates in SAARC conference
The Indus Hospital participated in the SAARC-Tripartite Rabies Elimination meeting on ‘Enhancing Progress towards Rabies Elimination Goal of Zero by 2030 in the SAARC Region’.
Primary Care Initiatives
On May 25, 2020, the second container-based community health center started its operations in Shadi Large.
Mobile Van Clinic
With an objective to take healthcare services nearer to communities through outreach, IHN launched the first Mobile Van Clinic in partnership with Engro on February 1, 2020. Since its mobilization till June 2020, around 2,500 patients have benefitted from its services.
Ashraf & Munira Memorial Hospital
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)’s Ashraf & Munira Memorial Hospital, Potha village, Abbaspur was included in the IHN. The handing over of the hospital ceremony was attended by AJK President Sardar Masood Khan with Amanullah Khan, board member IHN, representing the Network at the ceremony.
Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory Inaugurated
Pakistan’s largest BSL-3 laboratory was inaugurated at premises nearby The Indus Hospital, Korangi campus in Karachi. The laboratory was established to facilitate early diagnosis of TB and any other severe infectious diseases under international standards of laboratory and biosafety practices. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Pakistan, the BSL-3 laboratory services were scaled up to meet the daily testing requirements to cater to the needs of The Indus Hospital and the Government of Sindh.
Blood Bank, Civil Hospital, Thatta Becomes Part of TIHBC
In July 2019, under the public-private partnership program, the Government of Sindh commissioned the Regional Blood Center (RBC) at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro with six associated hospital-based blood banks to The Indus Hospital. Three out six blood banks have been functional in Jamshoro, Hyderabad, and Badin with a fourth in Thatta joining The Indus Hospital recently
Physical Rehabilitation Center Expanded
Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated the Physical Rehabilitation Center at the District Headquarter Hospital, Badin. The Badin campus is under the management of the Indus Health Network.
First Mobile Animal Sterilization Unit Inaugurated
In February 2020, The Indus Hospital’s ‘Rabies Free Pakistan’ program’s first mobile animal sterilization unit was inaugurated. The mobile clinic was donated by Ghandhara Nissan. The unit is equipped with all the necessary facilities to carry out surgeries to sterilize street dogs. Since the beginning of program, over 34,800 patients have been treated for rabies according to WHO recommendations; 20,000 dogs have been vaccinated; and 3,000 dogs have been spayed/neutered.
WHO Recognizes IHN’s Efforts in Eradicating TB
In November 2019, IHN’s ‘Zero TB’ initiative was recognized by WHO in the Global Tuberculosis Report 2019.
WHO Acknowledges ENT Department’s Efforts
During World Hearing Day, the Ear Nose Throat Department conducted multiple activities which included free ear check-ups and speech-language and hearing screening sessions at some local schools along with awareness sessions. The UN acknowledged these efforts and sent a letter of appreciation.
First Successful Radio Frequency Ablation Procedure
TIH’s Interventional Radiology department conducted its first case of Radio Frequency Ablation for Osteoid Osteoma. Pediatric Oncology and Interventional Radiology specialists reviewed a case of bone tumor and treated it through a minimally invasive interventional radiology procedure.
Level I Accreditation of WHO’s Patient Safety Friendly Hospital
The Korangi campus was accredited by WHO as a level I ‘Patient Safety Friendly Hospital’.
Punjab Healthcare Commission Awards License to Bedian Road Hospital
The Bedian Road Campus, Lahore was awarded a five-year license from Punjab Healthcare Commission under the PHC Act 2010 for full compliance to Minimum Service Delivery Standards.
CPEM Receives Global Emergency Medicine Award
In May 2020, the Certification Program in Emergency Medicine (CPEM) received the 2020 Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Global Emergency Medicine Education Award.
Graduation of Second Cohort of Diploma in Infection Control
The second cohort of the one-year diploma in Infection Control graduated in July 2019. The one of its kind program, where students could attend the program in-class or online, was initiated by the Infection Control Department at The Indus Hospital in 2017.
Graduation ceremony of Certification Program in Emergency Medicine
Indus launched its Certification Program in Emergency Medicine (CPEM) in July 2018 as an intermediate solution through a one-year training module in emergency medicine knowledge and skills. The first batch of 27 doctors completed the rigorous training and examination process in June 2019. A graduation ceremony was held in Karachi on July 6, 2019.
Workshop on the Importance of Breast Feeding
As part of the World Breastfeeding Week, a workshop was held at the Sheikh Saeed Memorial campus to educate and train new mothers, midwives, obstetrics, and gynecology nurses and residents about the importance of breastfeeding.
Building Capacity in Childhood Cancer Care
The Department of Nursing hosted a two-week course in Pediatric Oncology Nursing. Thirty-four nurses from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Pakistan attended the course to build their knowledge and capacity in managing children with cancer.
Emory University Conducts Trauma Care Course
The departments of Postgraduate Medical Education, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery, TIH in collaboration with specialists from Grady Memorial Hospital – Emory University, USA developed and conducted a certificate program ‘Collaborative Advanced Trauma Care’ to train the multidisciplinary emergency and trauma team of The Indus Hospital.
Training for Parents of Audibly-challenged Children
The Indus Hospital’s Audiologist and Speech-Language Therapist (ASLT) team organized the first parent training session of children with a hearing titled “Journey from sounds to words”.
Medication Safety Program Initiated at The Indus Hospital
The Indus Hospital’s Quality and Monitoring Directorate in collaboration with the Pharmacy Department launched a Medication Safety Program. The program started its first two-year Basic Medication Safety course for nurses, physicians, and pharmacists to promote the medication safety culture.
PSO Donates Laparoscopic Tower
Pakistan State Oil donated a Laparoscopic Tower to The Indus Hospital for Laparoscopy — a type of surgery that uses smaller cuts than the traditional method. The minimally invasive surgery requires less stay in the hospital with the wound healing quickly which reduces the burden on healthcare system.
Partnership with Karachi Down Syndrome Program
The Indus Hospital entered into a partnership with Karachi Down Syndrome Program for specialized help in taking care of children with Down Syndrome.
Collaboration with ICCBS
The Indus Hospital signed an MoU with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences — ICCBS — to explore collaborative opportunities to promote translational health research through cooperation in the field of biological,
Partnership with Mortein
Mortein, Pakistan’s leading pest control brand, launched its ‘Dengue Ab Nahi’ educational campaign in Karachi at The Indus Hospital, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, and Sindh Government Hospital to reach out to patients with free product samples and conducted awareness sessions.
MedGlobal Partners with Indus Health Network
Indus Health Network made a humanitarian alliance with the MedGlobal – a USA-based group of physicians who are working to address the health needs of the most vulnerable communities across the world. MedGlobal joined hands with the Global Health Directorate and deployed a short-term mission to Pakistan.
Bashir Dawood and Mariyam Dawood Support TIH
Bashir Dawood in continuation of his services towards setting up premium quality healthcare and education units in Pakistan made a significant contribution towards the expansion of the Korangi campus. The Mariyam Bashir Dawood Courtyard was constructed to provide a comfortable waiting area for patients visiting the Hospital.
Bait-ul-Mal Join Hands to Support Cochlear Implant Program
Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and The Indus Hospital, along with three private hospitals joined hands in a first-ever public-private partnership for conducting cochlear implant surgeries. Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal is an autonomous body which significantly contributes towards poverty alleviation through its services by assisting destitute, widow, orphan, or other needy people.