Over 27 million Pakistanis aged 20 years and above are affected by diabetes. In non-communicable diseases, diabetes was the 4th leading cause of total number of deaths in Pakistan in 2019, while overall it was the 8th leading reason for deaths in the country, according to the USA-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In World Health rankings, Pakistan falls in the 2nd most dangerous category in terms of the rate of deaths caused by diabetes with 39.62 deaths per 100,000 people. The figures reveal that 1 in every 4 Pakistanis over the age of 20 is stricken with this diabetes and a lot of them are unaware of its symptoms. The situation becomes even more dreadful when it involves alarming figures of poverty and lack of health awareness in the country. As per the latest poverty estimates, 24% of our population is living below the poverty line. The combination of disease and poverty is deadly and it calls for exceptional and immediate actions to protect the distraught people of Pakistan.
Keeping in view the huge prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan, Dr. Asjad Hameed, Chairman of TDC’s Board of Directors, made up his mind to put an end to the miseries of diabetic patients by establishing a state-of-the-art hospital in Pakistan to provide complete diabetes care to patients under one roof irrespective of their ability to bear their treatment expenses.
Dr. Asjad, along with his family and friends, opened a small clinic at Phulgran near Murree Expressway Toll Plaza in Islamabad in 2012. Dr. Asjad’s untiring efforts started yielding positive results and he was able to create a network of like-minded people who joined hands with him to take up this paramount challenge.
Paving the way for the execution of the hospital building plan, Mr. Tahir Abbasi, CEO and Member of TDC’s Board of Directors, generously donated 10 Kanal of land to the hospital in Phulgran, Islamabad, and other well-wishers of TDC donated millions of rupees to cover construction, equipment, and operational costs.
The ground-breaking of Pakistan’s first complete diabetes hospital’s building took place in 2014 and the hospital building was inaugurated in 2018. TDC has also opened a centre in Lahore in September 2018, which is delivering out-patient services to diabetes patients, irrespective of their ability to pay. TDC has also launched The Diabetes Centre Clinic at Crescent arcade, G-8 Markaz, Islamabad in January 2021. G8 clinic is successfully serving patients suffering from diabetes and its related complications. Foreign-qualified doctors and trained staff are providing World-Class diagnostics and treatment facilities to patients. TDC is registered as a non-profit company under section 42 of the Companies Act 2017 of Pakistan. The hospital functions under an autonomous Board of Directors having professionals with the highest moral and professional integrity.
Along with the daycare diabetes clinic, TDC offers specialized diabetes care for diabetic foot, eyes, kidneys (Dialysis), heart, pregnancy, and male health. Other advanced services include clinical laboratory, pharmacy, emergency room, and radiology with modern equipment, health education, cutting-edge technology, and well-trained and experienced human resources.
The hospital has served more than 200,000 patients so far, out of which 60% of patients’ treatment was free of cost. The rest of the patients paid for their treatment. All proceeds from the affluent paying patients are spent on the treatment of deserving patients.
TDC’s state-of-the-art laboratory, certified by the College of American Pathologists, USA, has performed a record of over 184,000 tests in the year 2019-20. Conducting nearly 6,000-foot procedures, TDC’s advanced Foot Care Clinic has saved more than 2,000 feet from amputation. The hospital has also performed about 20,500 Fundo Scans and around 15,000 Pedo Scans successfully.
A dynamic team of specialist doctors and support staff under able management and dedicated BODs is delivering the best possible services.
TDC is also focusing on educating the masses by regularly setting up free medical camps and awareness sessions at various locations within the country. A highly informative campaign on how to prevent and combat the disease is also being run through social media platforms.
TDC is sharing the burden of government hospitals and creating an important socio-economic impact. This is evident from the rapid growth in the number of new patients seeking appointments every month.
The substantial contributions of local and international philanthropists, charities, and corporate entities in the form of zakat and general donations have so far made TDC’s journey a success. TDC is geared up to ensure accurate and powerful diagnostics and treatments for patients to set a new benchmark in the healthcare sector of Pakistan.