K-Electric, under its Sustainability initiative, has partnered with the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases for the provision of free-of-cost electricity for a year to its mobile chest pain facility established in Gulshan-i-Iqbal. A ceremony was held recently to formally energize the facility in the presence of KE and NICVD teams. The NICVD has been playing a pivotal role in providing free-of-cost medical care to patients with heart disease since its inception in 1963. During the last year, it provided cardiac treatment to about 400,000 OPD patients, 37,000 in-patients and nearly 200,000 emergency cases. The NICVD mobile facility in Gulshan-i-Iqbal provides 24/7 emergency cardiac care and has so far treated over 850 patients since its inauguration last month.
According to KE spokesperson, “As a socially responsible organization, K-Electric has always been at the forefront for providing generous and valuable support to organizations working for social welfare. This is yet another testament of KE’s commitment to support healthcare organizations – empowering them to continue their efforts to serve the community.”
Professor Nadeem Qamar, Executive Director, NICVD said, “The support from K-Electric, besides providing uninterrupted power supply, will also help us extend free-of-cost cardiac treatment to deserving patients at our Gulshan facility. We request other corporate sector organizations to follow the footsteps of K-Electric and extend support to organizations providing healthcare services.”
Earlier this year, KE partnered with Husaini Hematology and Oncology Trust to further enhance reliability of power supply of the Trust’s emergency center. Whereas last year, the power utility strengthened power supply to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) with the installation of an additional feeder. KE also installed a new 40 MVA power transformer at Aga Khan Grid Station as well as installed an upgraded 400 KVA dedicated PMT at Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) Eye hospital located in Korangi. Earlier, the utility partnered with Kashif Iqbal Thalassemia Care Centre (KITCC) for the installation of a dedicated 150 KVA PMT.
KE, under its Social Investment Programme (SIP) reaches around 3.9 million lives annually through 15 partners including SIUT, TCF, Indus Hospital, LRBT, The Kidney Center and SOS Children’s Village among others. Initiatives under SIP include facilitating education for the underprivileged; providing free-of-cost or subsidized electricity to Karachi’s key educational and health institutions; educating thousands of school children through its fire safety and energy conservation programme while engaging youth through cricket and football platforms including KE-Lyari League.