Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s First PET CT Scanning Becomes Functional at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) in Peshawar completes another milestone on its four-year anniversary with the commencement of PET CT scanning facility. In this groundbreaking step, SKMCH&RC has brought the first PET CT scanning system to northern Pakistan. This also marks the inauguration of the Nuclear Medicine services at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar. In six months’ time comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic applications of Nuclear Medicine will be available to the patients of the region.
Nuclear Medicine employs minute amounts of radioactive material called radio pharmaceuticals to study the function of body systems and organs. PET CT scan is one of the most advanced hybrid imaging modalities for cancer patients. Majority of the cancer patients require multiple PET CT scans during the course of the treatment. It is primarily used for staging after diagnosis, during treatment for treatment response assessment and at the end of treatment to ensure the patient has no traces of cancer in the body.
This step is of tremendous benefit for cancer patients who previously had to travel to Lahore to seek this service in a long and costly journey. On average, around a hundred patients will benefit from this service every month, majority of whom are underprivileged cancer patients receiving free treatment at the Hospital.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s first PET CT scanning system was installed at SKMCH&RC in Lahore in 2009. Today SKMCH&RC has the largest Nuclear Medicine facility in Pakistan with currently two functional PET CT machines in Lahore and Peshawar, with a third scanner to be installed in Lahore in near future.
Installation of the PET CT scanning system at SKMCH&RC in Peshawar will enable us to continue to provide the best level of care to our patients from the KPK and surrounding areas, 75% of whom receive financially supported treatment.
SHAUKAT KHANUM CANCER HOSPITAL LAUNCHES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) has launched its annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) campaign with a BCA Day held at SKMCH&RC, Lahore. It was attended by a large number of female students from different colleges and schools. First Lady, Mrs. Samina Alvi graced the event with her presence and interacted with young girls to raise awareness about the issue.
A number of senior consultants also spoke at the occasion, highlighting the symptoms and causes as well as importance of early detection of breast cancer. The event was followed by a grooming session for breast cancer survivors where they were offered health and personality grooming tips by a panel of highly experienced beauticians, designers and clinical psychologists.
Speaking at the occasion, First Lady Mrs. Samina Alvi stressed on the point that breast cancer not just disturbs a woman’s life but rather shakes up the entire family. She said that females should take out time for self-examination. She admired the efforts of Shaukat Khanum Hospital for creating awareness amongst the young females and for treatment of breast cancer.
Dr. Muhammed Aasim Yusuf, Chief Medical Officer, SKMCH&RC also spoke at the occasion and thanked the first lady for taking out time and attending the annual breast cancer awareness day.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women all around the world, and in Pakistan, one out of nine are at the risk of getting breast cancer in their life. Breast cancer claims 40,000 lives per year in Pakistan. However, early detection and improved treatment can increase the chances of survival by approximately 90% and this can be achieved by creating widespread awareness about breast cancer.
Like previous years, SKMCH&RC plans to organize a large number of activities and events including numerous awareness sessions at female schools, colleges, universities and corporate sector organizations. Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will take place in all the major cities of the country including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Jhelum, Sargodha, Faisalabad Multan, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad. The Hospital’s mobile mammography unit will also visit colleges and universities to perform free mammography screening for females.
The BCA campaign of SKMCH&RC is widely appreciated and supported by different corporate organizations including ABL, Faysal Bank, Total Parco, Baskin Robbins, SAPPHIRE, Rose Petal, Kross Kulture and Jubilee Life.
SHAUKAT KHANUM ONLINE QURBANI MEAT DISTRIBUTION
Thank you for choosing Shaukat Khanum Online Qurbani Service! 276,400 kg meat has been distributed among the needy in different parts of Pakistan Once again, Pakistanis from across the globe have shown immense trust in the Shaukat Khanum Online Qurbani Service. This year, the support from our generous supporters has enabled us to feed nearly 40,500 families living in different parts of Pakistan including Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar, Sheikhupura and Sialkot. It is pertinent to mention that all proceeds from the sale of animal hides will be utilized to support the treatment of poor cancer patients at SKMCH&RC.
SHAUKAT KHANUM MEMORIAL CANCER HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTRE, PESHAWAR AWARDED HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION FROM JOINT COMMISSION INTERNATIONAL
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Peshawar is delighted to announce that it has earned Joint Commission International’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its internationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
The Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 100 countries.
Joint Commission International’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with worldwide health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
SKMCH&RC, Peshawar underwent a rigorous on-site survey from 15th to 19th July, 2019. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission International expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to a variety of areas, including the International Patient Safety Goals, patient assessment and care, medication management, patient and family education, quality improvement, infection prevention and control, governance and leadership, facility management, staff qualifications and education, and information management.
As a result of this tremendous achievement, both SKMCH&RC, Lahore as well as SKMCH&RC, Peshawar are now accredited by the JCI, and both are proud to display the Gold Seal of Approval®.
INAUGURATION OF THE NEW SHAUKAT KHANUM DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE LIBERTY
The Inauguration ceremony of Shaukat Khanum Diagnostic Centre, Liberty (SKDCL) was held yesterday at the premises of United Christian Hospital (UCH) near Liberty. This Diagnostic Centre is so far the largest of its kind in Lahore that Shaukat Khanum has established outside of its main hospital campus in Johar Town. SKDCL provides a range of advanced lab investigations, radiography, MRI and CAT scan in addition to clinics for specialised medical consultations.
The Diagnostic Centre has been established at the premises of United Christian Hospital (UCH) under a time-bound agreement wherein the land and building of the Diagnostic Centre shall remain the property of the UCH while the Centre shall be run under the management control of SKMCH&RC. The proceeds from the Centre will be used at Shaukat Khanum Hospitals for the treatment of poor and deserving cancer patients. Shaukat Khanum will pay a percentage of gross revenue generated through this Centre each month to the UCH, which will utilise these funds to improve its infrastructure and services for charitable healthcare.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, attended by the medical fraternity, Bishops and leaders of various Church denominations and Christian institutions, Mr. Anthony Lamuel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UCH said that UCH has developed a partnership with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) to establish this Diagnostic Centre at its premises, which will help in reviving UCH to its former standards. He also said that UCH will provide full support to Shaukat Khanum for making the Diagnostic Centre a resounding success.
Dr Muhammed Aasim Yusuf, Chief Medical Officer of SKMCH&RC highlighted the clinical and diagnostic services being offered through SKDCL. He especially mentioned the most advanced and cutting edge technology of radiology equipment deployed at the Centre including 1.5 Tesla MRI, 160-Slice CT Scanner, Digital X-Ray with Fluoroscopy, Mammography and Ultrasound. Dr Yusuf also shared key features & benefits of specialty clinics being offered through SKDCL like the Well Woman Clinic (WWC), One-stop Breast Clinic (OSBC) and Comprehensive Health Care Clinic (CHCC).
Dr Faisal Sultan, CEO of SKMCH&RC concluded the session by apprising audience on how such outlets help in meeting the objectives of SKMT while being in synch with its mission of providing quality healthcare to the people of Pakistan. He said that SKDCL would also be a source of recompense & reward for all those using this facility since the revenue generated from these services is spent on the treatment of poor & deserving cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, where more than 75% of poor patients are treated for free. Dr Sultan also thanked the board of directors and management of the UCH for partnering with Shaukat Khanum and hoped that it would be the first step towards reviving the UCH to its old status of glory.
Dr. Simon Azariah, Technical Advisor to the UCH Board of Directors explained the salient features of the agreement between UCH and Shaukat Khanum for SKDCL, and that it was thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee appointed by the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan for the revival of UCH. He said that Accountability, Transparency, Sustainability and Trust are the corner stones of such partnerships.
At the end, the inauguration plaque was unveiled jointly by the representatives of UCH and Shaukat Khanum. SKDCL will start scheduling patient appointments from August 1, 2019.