Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and GI Endoscopy

 Prof. Shamail Zafar

Our department is providing state of art treatment in the subject of gastroenterology and Hepatology. Daily OPD and indoor is working through out week.

Our endoscopy section is fully equipped with Videoscopes for Upper GI, Lower GI and ERCP. Along with this we are providing facilities for stricture Dilation, Polypectomy. Liver Biopsy and foreign body removal.

 

Hepatitis Clinic:

We at Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital took up the task of HCV patients education and treatment. Our program was sponsored by Pakistan Bait-Ul-Mal which is a Government Organization for the welfare of poor and needy patients. We made our plan of patient education and treatment according to the latest guidelines set by Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology.

Main aims of our program:

  • Free treatment to all the patients i.e Pegylated Interferon, Interferon & Ribavirin.
  • Counseling of HCV patients to avoid transmission.
  • Awareness about Occupational Health risk
  • Healthy behavior adaptation for prevention and control of hepatitis.
  • Implementation of protocols for disinfection and sterilization of surgical instruments
  • Implementation of protocols of cleaning equipment and instruments to be adopted by operators like Barbers, beauticians, acupuncturists, tattooists and ear/nose pierce workers.
  • Proper and free of cost investigations of HCV patients Guidance, advice and monitoring of Disease during Interferon therapy
  • Management of any complication arising from the disease or treatment.
  • Create an environment of patient safety and improved health care quality for patients suffering from HCV which was lacking in the past

 Inauguration of program:

In all the rural areas adjacent to Lahore city, it was announced that any one suffering from HCV can receive state of art care at Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital. Patients started gathering in huge numbers which were then scrutinized and their investigations done.

Patients and their relatives were educated regarding modes of spread and care to be done during and after treatment.

They were then treated after getting admitted at Ghurki Hospital, where fully equipped department and fully trained nursing staff is always present. During their stay in Hospital, patients were taken care of and proper guidance and precautions told. This sort of guidance was not available anywhere prior to our project even in urban areas.

Every Monday we interview every patient who comes to Hepatitis C Clinic performing general Physical Examination, reviewing all the investigations, sending the missing investigations and booking the eligible patients for treatment.

Every Monday we interview every patient who comes to Hepatitis C Clinic performing general Physical Examination, reviewing all the investigations, sending the missing investigations and booking the eligible patients for treatment. Every Tuesday as it is done in DOTS therapy of Tuberculosis we inject every patient under supervision and get him admitted for three days for further care and advice. Every Wednesday patients collect two weeks medicines and we catered almost 100 patients every day. Our team performed General Physical Examination, got relevant investigations done and gave advice to every patient for any query.

Every Thursday is kept for emergency visits of patients who had any medical problem relevant to the disease. Every Friday new patients are seen and then selected for Monday’s activities.

We also travel to other neighboring cities and give lectures to general people and those suffering from HCV. We tell them about precautions to be done and those who were candidates of therapy are asked to visit our center. In this way we are not only providing quality care to patients as compared to the local set ups but also helping them becoming useful members of society by reducing the chances of spread of the disease. Our patients are also educated enough during treatment time period for eradicating the myths about the disease from the society.

Currently 1000 patients are taking treatment from our centre free of cost. Our IT department is busy in maintaining the record of each and every patient and we do plan to come up with almost ten research studies of international quality from our centre. Our country does lack in such sort of research activities and once we make it happen it will bring laurels to our project.

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