The Shaikh Zayed Hospital (Lahore) had responded to the emergency caused by October 8 earthquake with full vigour and spirit, and it has the Shaikh Zayed Emergency Relief Hospital at Government Degree College (Mansehra), which is working round the clock for the treatment of the injured, said Chairman and Dean and Chairman SZH (Lahore) Prof. Anwaar A. Khan, while addressing a Press conference on Tuesday.
While talking about the steps taken by the Hospital, Prof. Khan told that after an emergency meeting on October 9, an emergency relief team of doctors and paramedics with equipment, medicines and ambulances were despatched to Mansehra. He told that the team was headed by Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Dr. Pervaiz lqbal, and comprised Dr. Abbas Khan Bajwa (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Dr. lmran Hiader (Orthopaedics Surgeon), three general surgeons Dr. M. Imran Anwar, Dr. M. Ayub Khan, and Dr. M. Zulfiqar; three Anaesthetist Dr. Shaukat Shah, Dr. Nawab and Dr. lrfan. 12 paramedical staff and six drivers with six ambulances full of medicine and equipments also supported this team. A replacement team was dispatched after one week, which included Dr. Haroon Javaid (General Surgeon), Dr. Waqar Ahmed (Nephrologist), Dr. Azeem Taj (Physician), Dr. All Hassan (Neurologist), Dr. Jehangir (Physician), Dr. M. Wasif (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Dr. M. Atiq (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Dr. M. Shafi (General Surgeon), Dr. Khalid-ur-Rehman (Orthopaedic Registrar), Dr. M. Adeel Zafar (Orthopaedic Registrar), Dr. Riaz (Orthopaedic Registrar), Dr. Mansoor (Orthopaedic Registrar), Dr. Tafseer (Orthopaedic Registrar) and Dr. M. lmran (Orthopaedic Registrar). This team was supported by 25 paramedics and 25 nurses. "At Mansehra, with the cooperation of the locals, the team established a 100-bed Emergency Relief Hospital at the premises of the Government Degree College, Mansehra. The Hospital was set-up for work within 24 hours and from then on, continued to expand with a daily influx of patients transported by Helicopters by the Shaikh Zayed Hospital Ambulances," he said.
Prof. Khan told that Prof. Tahir Shafi, Head of Shaikh Zayed Hospital Earthquake Relief Committee, all the necessary equipment was shifted to the relief hospital. "As a result of this, the Hospital had four operation rooms with a total of 15 Operation Theatres and equipped with two general anaesthesia facilities. It had self-sufficient blood bank, a radiology unit with X-Ray plant, ultrasound machine, an emergency laboratory for necessary investigations and an ICU set up. There were 10 males and 15 females units, 2 pharmacies, 3 General stores and 2 dressing rooms," he added. Prof. Khan told that the patient management, with operations, was started by on the morning of October 11. "This was the day when airlifting of patients was started by Army Helicopters. Six ambulances of Shaikh Zayed Hospital were used to shift the patients from the helipad to the Emergency Relief Hospital and to the tertiary care centres for further management. Majority of these patients were, however, shifted to Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore. Bulk of the patients were children and women and majority of the patients had polytrauma, including limb injuries, multiple fractures, soft tissue trauma, crush injuries, head and spine trauma. Post-operative care was taken up by physicians, including general physicians, Nephrologist, and Cardiologists," he told. "Patients with established tetanus were received and a total of 10 patients were managed at the centre and then shifted to tertiary care centres. The entire staff, patients and majority of the attendants were vaccinated against tetanus. About 110 patients have been shifted to the Shaikh Zayed Hospital for definitive surgery, such as internal fixation, skin grafting and wound/stump refashioning. A total of 2500 patients were treated at this hospital as inpatient, those with minor injuries were discharged and referred to Tented villages while others shifted to tertiary care centres and facilities provided by Italian, Korean and Saudi Mobile Medical Units at the Government Degree College, Mansehra," he said.
According to Prof. Khan, Shaikh Zayed Hospital teams also facilitated the foreign medical aid workers to establish their emergency hospitals at the same premises. These teams were from Italy, Saudi Halal Ahmer, France, Korea and Switzerland. "These foreign hospitals are now providing Outdoor and indoor facilities to the earthquake victims and will remain engaged for several months. Major portion of this equipment will be handed over to Government of Pakistan at the end this mission," he added.
Professor Anwaar A. Khan, Dr. Saboor Malik, Professor Waseem lsmat, Dr. Arshad Kamal Butt and Dr. Ayyaz Khan also visited the hospital.
Dr. Saboor Malik, Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal, Dr. Imran Anwar, Dr. Abbas Bajwa and Dr. Waqar were also present in the briefing to the mediamen.