KARACHI: The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) recently set up a breast cancer ward as a part of its clinical ambit. The ward was inaugurated by Provincial Health Minister, Dr Azra Pechuho. The event was attended by Prof Adib Rizvi, Director, SIUT and Dr Bushra Sheerazi, in-charge of breast cancer ward. The Minister was accompanied by the Director and other faculty staff members, took a round of the various sections of the ward to inspect its available facilities.
Speaking on occasion, the Sindh Health Minister lauded the services of the SIUT to the society at large for over the past four decades. She declared Dr Adib Rizvi as an icon for the country.
Dr Azra was informed that the ailment of breast cancer was posing a great threat to the female population of Pakistan as, according to an estimate, approximately one in nine women suffers from the ailment. The rate of prevalence happened to be one of the highest as compared to other Asian countries.
In this backdrop, the Sindh Health Minister was told that the SIUT took the imitative and set up a unit in 2017 to provide multidisciplinary services and extend treatment to all patients.
The SIUT now planned to enhance its activities by increasing the number of outdoor patients’ facilities besides performing surgeries and carrying out radiology and pathology. The department was also enhancing genetic testing in the days to come, briefed SIUT officials.
Dr Azra Pechuho declared that the statistics of breast cancer patients in our society was an eye-opener. She assured that all the steps would be taken to provide relief to the affected population.
Prof Adib Rizvi, in his address, presented the transformation and achievements of the SIUT milestones in the past four decades.
Dr Bushra Sheerazi, in-charge of the newly established ward, gave a detailed presentation about the phenomenon of breast cancer in the country.