History and Date of Establishment of Department of Pulmonology, Sheikh Zayed Medical College / Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan:
Department of Pulmonology (formerly TB & Chest Department) is part of this old & historic institute which started as a civil hospital in 1928, upgraded to DHQ Hospital in 1952 and became a tertiary care hospital, affiliated with Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan in March 2003.
Department of Pulmonology was established in 1974 as a complete unit under one roof comprising of a ward with bed strength of 36 (24 Male, 12 Female), a treatment room to perform procedures, a laboratory with facility to do basic tests including sputum for AFB smear a dedicated outpatient department and dispensary.
Initially, it was supervised by a Medical Officer, but in 1992; Government of the Punjab sanctioned and appointed a qualified Chest Specialist to head the unit. Dr. Masood Ul Haq served as first Head of Department from March 1992 to April 1996, followed by Dr. Abdus Salam Arshad from April 1996 to August 2006. From August 2006, Prof. Dr. Masood Ul Haq again resumed his services as Head of Department upto September 2020, playing a pivotal role in up-gradation of department. At present unit is headed by Associate Professor Dr. Imran Bashir since 04-09-2020.
With the start of Medical College, department has been upgraded as a teaching unit with sanctioned posts of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Senior Registrar.
Department of Pulmonology is providing services to an estimated population of over 06 million from districts of Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Rajanpur and adjoining areas of Sindh & Baluchistan. It has modern facilities for the Diagnosis & Management of Chest Diseases like, Fibroptic Bronchoscopy, Pleuroscopy, Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), Ultrasonography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic), Pleural Aspiration, Intercostal Tube Insertion, Chemical Pleurodesis, Pleural Biopsy and Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies etc in addition to basic laboratory tests. Facility for diagnosis of sleep related breathing problems is also available. With the co-operation of Radiology Department, one can have chest X-rays, Color Doppler as well as CT Chest & MRI on latest equipment. When indicated invasive procedures like USG & CT guided biopsies and aspiration are being performed by our department.
Department of Pulmonology is serving as a diagnostic & treatment center for the implementation of DOTS strategy for control of TB. Department has also established indoor and outdoor facility for the diagnosis and treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis through Global funding of WHO for people of Rahim Yar Khan as well as for the referred cases from all over district and adjoining areas.
Department of Pulmonology is recognized for FCPS and MCPS Pulmonology on 24-04-2010 by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP). Seven doctors have passed FCPS Pulmonology and fours doctors have passed MCPS Pulmonology and working as consultants in different hospitals in various cities of Punjab beside Rahim Yar Khan. 02 FCPS Pulmonology and 02 MCPS Pulmonology PGRs have completed their residency period and soon will appear in exam. 08 FCPS Pulmonology PGRs are doing their training. The Department was also recognized by University of Health Sciences, Lahore for MD Pulmonology on 16-02-2017 and induction of PGR is started. Presently, 04 PGRs of MD Pulmonology are being trained here currently and more are expected in next central induction.
Department of Pulmonology is actively involved in research work and projects on regular basis. 23 research papers and four editorials have already been published in different national and international journals and many more are in pipeline. Eight dissertation based on original research conducted by FCPS trainees has also been completed and work on one dissertation is ongoing.
As a part of our efforts to continued medical education for doctors and public, department is engaged in arranging seminars / symposia & awareness programs on various occasions.
As a part of our efforts to continued medical education for doctors and public, department is engaged in arranging seminars / symposia & awareness programs on various occasions. We are determined to further improve the services with grace of ALLAH Almighty and able guidance of our worthy principal, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem. In this purposely-built building, various diagnostic, therapeutic, and academic activities will be organized more effectively. A number of new and latest Equipments will be added in addition to improvement of the existing facilities. Govt. of Punjab has promised to provide the manpower including the senior faculty members, which will further improve the health care to people of this area.
Department of Pulmonology is working with the aim to provide the best Diagnostic and Therapeutic services to our patients, impart excellent training to undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors.
May ALLAH Almighty help us.