OJHA INSTITUTE OF CHEST DISEASES (OICD)
THE OJHA INSTITUTE OF CHEST DISEASES (OICD) is the third of the three constituent institute of the Dow University of Health Sciences, at its inception in December 2003. It was established in the early forties of the last century, as a TB sanatorium. It is now recognized as a center of excellence for Tuberculosis by the World Health Organization and is located on one hundred and thirty (130) acres of land.
The laboratory of OICD is the designated Provincial Reference Laboratory for Tuberculosis. NTP is establishing here, a BSL 3 lab facilities. The operation theatre of the institute is fully operational. The existing facilities for the diagnosis, management and treatment of Tuberculosis have been greatly expanded since Dec. 2003.
Recently the department of thoracic surgery has also been added at OICD, where patients are treated after admissions. Intensive care unit (ICU), having 6 beds, two ventilators, two Bipaps, four cardiac monitors and other associated equipments are also available. All services are free of cost.
FOUR OUT-PATIENT CLINICS of OICD in the periphery of the city are functioning, which serve as the window for the admission facility at OICD main campus, for detail workup and management. These are chest clinics of Iqbal yad, Nazimabad, Lyari and Malir, where free investigations, including pulmonary function tests and treatments are provided. Each clinic has a well organized DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Strategy) program, where these patients with TB are provided medicines and health education.
TB HOSPITAL of 200 beds is under construction and renovation of old building is in process to provide all possible facilities to indoor and outdoor patients for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.
MULTI DRUG RESISTANT (MDR). The Dow University is establishing new “MDR Tuberculosis institute” to help the patients of MDR TB.
Currently, there are One Hundred and Forty Four (144) registered patients of MDR TB at OICD of DUHS undergoing treatment. Some of them are admitted, to complete the initial work up and monitoring of the side effects of the drugs while the rest of them are treated as outpatients.
Vocational training program have specially been designed and introduced to engage TB patients while undergoing treatment of at least 9 months. This will improve their working skills and also make them busy.
The diploma course in chest diseases (DTCD) is also conducted at OICD. The postgraduate students are strictly monitored. The researchers have an opportunity to acquire knowledge and training on equipments with latest technology.