Chinese surgeons to train local doctors to revive liver transplant surgeries at PIMS by Aitizaz Hassan (Bureau Chief, Beijing)

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Chinese surgeons to train local doctors to revive liver transplant surgeries at PIMS By Aitizaz Hassan

ISLAMABAD: A Chinese delegation of surgeons agreed to conduct liver transplant surgeries at Islamabad’s Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and train the Pakistani staff to revive the non-operational facility at the hospital.

The Chinese specialists will train Pakistani surgeons, nurses, paramedical and anesthesia staff to recuperate the liver transplant centre at Pims, which had been nonfunctional for over five years due to acute shortage of trained surgeons and supporting staff in the country.

The facility for liver transplant under the unit for hepatobiliary surgery and organ transplant was established in 2010 at Pims with one-time grant of Rs238 million by the then prime minister under the guidance from the Royal Free Hospital London.

However, the unit could only carry out one transplant in 2012 that too was unsuccessful and the facility has been kept closed since then despite the huge demand.

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