Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah opened the public sector’s first Gamma Knife facility at the Dow University Hospital in Karachi on Friday, announcing that patients will be treated for free. The centre will be utilised to treat human brain lesions. It is claimed to have been built in record time and at a cost of Rs800 million from the provincial government.
“This is a very costly therapy, and each operation or therapy costs Rs250,000, and about 500 treatments are adopted each year,” Murad remarked after the opening, speaking to the media. Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Qasim Siraj Soomro, Secretary for Health Dr Kazim Jatoi, Vice Chancellor Dow University Prof Saeed Qureshi, and others were also present.
Murad went on to say that he had been told there would be more than 400 units deployed worldwide, and that this was the country’s only Gamma Knife facility, which was “something that should be proud of.”
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a type of radiation treatment in which gamma rays are being used to treat brain injuries or trauma by focusing on the afflicted region with a highly sharp yet fine or nucleated form of Tumor surgery works by damaging or destroying the DNA of tumour cells, preventing them from reproducing or growing. The brain tumour diminishes over time.
This Gamma Knife radiosurgery can open doors for patients in future and it will be a great opportunity for the people of Pakistani more specifically, Karachi.