Friday, January 14, 2011

Dr Abdul Bari Khan

I was born in Karachi in 1961. My family hails from Peshawar. I did my matriculation from Springfield School in KDA scheme-1 and Inter Sciences from Adamjee College. I completed my medical from DOW Medical College in 1986 and fellowship in Cardiac Surgery from College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan in 1995. I was always involved in social welfare activities. As a medical student I was a volunteer for Patients’ Welfare Association (PWA) in DOW medical College. Soon I became its focal person for the PWA blood bank. In 1986 a bomb blast was happened in Saddar, Karachi and many people died. The casualty section of Civil Hospital was too small. Joining hands with Patients’ Welfare Association, 36-bedded casualty ward was established that cost us Rs. 36 lacs. Majority of the fund was raised by school children. After acquiring Cardiac Surgery training, I joined Civil Hospital Karachi as Assistant Professor where no Cardiac Surgery ward existed.
My post was like a Minister without any portfolio or driver without a bus. We collected funds of Rs.3.5 Crore from the platform of “Friends of Cardiac Surgery” for the establishment of Cardiac Surgery Department. We are performing Cardiac Surgery FREE OF COST. Up till now we have done more than thousands surgeries in these 5 years. Our journey hasn’t stopped; we are looking forward for better services and facilities.

For the people who cannot afford expenses of treatments and surgeries we have setup the “Rufaydah Foundation”. This foundation formed by a group of God-fearing and Islam-loving professionals, businessmen, social workers and intellectuals seek to provide unconditional and uncompromised medical services for the poor and the weak.
The Rufaydah Foundation (RF) is dedicated to the revival of this glorious tradition of devotion and services. In realization of this vision of Islam RF seeks to establish state-of-the-art tertiary care centre where all poor and needy would avail state-of-the-art medical care free of cost. Alhamdulillah Rufaydah Foundation has gone into an agreement with Islamic Mission Hospital Trust. They have 20 acres of hospital land at Korangi and we are planning to establish 800-bedded hospital there where free treatment would be provided. The name of this hospital has been suggested as “Indus Hospital”.