News02 February 2021
TİKA Built an Operating Room for Children with Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate in Pakistan
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built a modern operating room for the treatment of children with cleft lip or cleft palate at Al-Mustafa Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan.
The opening ceremony of the modern operating room built for the treatment of children with cleft lip or cleft palate was attended by Imran Ismail, Governor of Sindh; İbrahim Katırcı, TİKA’s Karachi Coordinator; Dr. Haji Muhammad Hanif Tayyab, a renowned scientist and the founder of the NGO “Al-Mustafa Welfare Society”; and many invitees.
In his speech at the ceremony, Ismail thanked TİKA and Turkey for opening such a facility that children needed. Ismail pointed out the friendly relations between Turkey and Pakistan and noted that these relations would continue in the future.
TİKA’s Karachi Coordinator Katırcı stated that the operating room was built to ensure that children with cleft lip or cleft palate are able to lead a normal life. Katırcı said that it was aimed to treat 1000 patients a year free of charge.
TİKA had previously built an ultrasound unit providing free treatment to 6000 patients a year in a hospital in Karachi. The first high-dependency unit for patients with thalassemia in Pakistan was also put into service by TİKA.