Department of Paediatrics and Child
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University Hospital is committed to providing state-of-the-art clinical services and quality care to children. The Department's paediatric clinical services are unique in the country because of its highly qualified faculty and staff, and availability of multi-disciplinary specialists in all major paediatric disciplines. The Department consists of 70 dedicated full-time and honorary paediatric faculty members. The outpatient clinics on the Stadium Road campus run from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm in Consulting Clinics 5 and 6. Inpatient services include paediatric wards, a level III neonatal intensive care unit and paediatric intensive care unit with ventilator support, an exclusive private wing ward (to open in late 2013) and round the clock paediatric emergency care through the section of paediatric emergency medicine. Sub-specialty care in neonatology, paediatric critical care, paediatric cardiology, paediatric haematology-oncology, paediatric neurology, paediatric nephrology, paediatric endocrinology, genetic and metabolic diseases, and paediatric infectious diseases is provided by faculty trained in these sub-specialties.
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health offers high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate training to train future paediatric leaders of Pakistan. It is world-renowned for its cutting-edge community oriented research to improve children's health and survival in impoverished environments.
The Department provides care to children with any type of paediatric problems. It has 45 general ward beds, eight isolation beds, twelve semi-private beds, five beds for neonatal step down unit and five semi-intensive care beds with full monitoring with the exclusion of ventilation.
The paediatric ward consists of units for general paediatrics, as well as sub-specialty services. These include special care unit, nutrition rehabilitation, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiology (both medicine and surgery), haematology, oncology, nephrology and gastroenterology/hepatology. In addition, there are comprehensive newborn care services including intensive, intermediate and transitional care. Above all, there is an ambulatory care area that includes Consulting Clinics (both on- and off-campus sites) and Paediatric ER Services that work in collaboration with the Section of Emergency Services. Paediatric ER Services is unique in the sense that it has residency-trained faculty and supervising physicians.
The Department is actively involved in outreach activities for the last twelve years. AKU has implemented several innovative programmes of preventive care and community participation in seven inner-city slums of Karachi and several rural areas of Pakistan. These efforts have helped reduce the infant mortality rate over a 12-year period. These programmes now serve as models throughout Pakistan and other developing countries. The Department has played a lead role in developing national child survival and nutrition strategies.