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Health is Happiness

Kulsum International Hospital does not only treat the illness but also encourages the wellness. KIH celebrated health week with the theme “Health is Happiness” in collaboration with Safa Gold Mall Islamabad from 5th to 8th November, 2015. A stall was placed in the mall to educate the community about different diseases and their remedies. Free blood sugar and blood pressure check of hundreds of visitors was done on the kiosk. Education material was also distributed for the education and future use of the visitors.


Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery is a weight loss surgery which is achieved through reducing size of the stomach. It helps obese patients to regain normal and healthy life. First two Bariatric Surgeries were conducted at KIH by experienced General Surgeons. Results for both of the surgeries were encouraging and patients felt considerable improvement in their body weight.

Dr. Muhammad Hanif performed 1st Surgery of a female patient having weight 115 Kg and height 160 cm with BMI 45.

2nd Surgery was performed by Dr. Atif Inam Shami of a female patient having weight 118 Kg and height 165 cm with BMI 43.


For consultations regarding Obesity and Bariatric Surgery, call 051-8446666.


New Consultants

We welcome new consultants who have joined KIH lately. All these consultants are from various departments having exceptional skills and high standing in healthcare arena.

Dr. Muhammad Hanif

Dr. Muhammad Hanif is one of the highly reputed General Surgeons in the region. He is Professor of Surgery and Head of Department at Benzir Bhutto Hospital. He has an experience of Laparoscopic Surgery and Liver transplant with remarkable results.

Dr. Muhammad Akram

Dr. Muhammad Akram is a senior Consultant Cardiologist with years of experience in diversified cultures. He has led reputable healthcare institutions in UK, Germany and Saudi Arabia on very senior positions. He did his specialization from UK and received his Fellowship in Cardiac CT from Germany.

Dr. Aamir Ghazanfar

Dr. Aaamir Ghazanfar is a General Surgeon and senior consultant with extensive experience in renal transplant. He has done his specialization from Glasgow (UK). Currently, he is the head of department General Surgery at KRL Hospital Islamabad.


Medical Director – KIH

Dr. Shazli Manzoor has been appointed as a Medical Director of KIH. He is a renowned Pulmonologist and one of the senior consultants in the region. Management feels pleasure to have him on board. His expertise will give a definite edge to KIH.


CKD and Kidney Stones: Recognize before it’s too late

Kidneys, bean shaped organs, are located just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. Kidneys have significance in body functionality by keeping the composition or makeup of the blood stable. They (a) prevent the buildup of wastes and extra fluid in the body (b) keep levels of electrolytes stable, such as sodium, potassium, and phosphate (c) make hormones that help

  • regulate blood pressure
  • make red blood cells
  • bones stay strong

CKD (Chronic Kidney Diseases) is sometimes called a “silent disease.” Patients rarely feel sick until their kidney disease is advanced. Symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle cramping at night
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Puffiness around eyes, especially in the morning
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • More often urination, especially at night

Black and south Asian people are three to five times more likely to have kidney failure than white people, but many are unaware of the condition.

Kidney Stones & Chronic Kidney Diseases:

Causes of kidney stones are as follows.

  • Calcium
  • Ammonia
  • Oxalate
  • Uric Acid (a waste product produced when the body breaks down food to use as energy)
  • Cysteine (an amino acid that helps build protein)

Certain medical conditions can lead to an unusually high level of these substances in urine.

Kidney stones are more likely to develop if the fluid intake is low.

Kidney stones and Chronic Kidney Diseases affect 5% and 13% of the population respectively. Infection stones (struvite) may lead to an obstructive nephropathy with staghorn calculi and are the leading cause of ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) attributed to nephrolithiasis. Kidney stones could be considered a contributing factor in developing and progression of CKD (Chronic Kidney Diseases). One of the roles of the kidney is to excrete metabolic wastes such as calcium and oxalate at supersaturated concentrations yet prevent precipitation of crystals. Thus, stone formation could be considered an imbalance between the substances which are dissolvers of crystal and promoters by and large. This leads to kidney diseases.

There is evidence that the risk for CKD varies by stone type, but more studies are required. Population based studies often lack the granular detailed data to characterize stone type because many stone formers never have their stones analyzed or urine chemistries evaluated, and, even if so, this information often is not available in the databases available for study. Informal researches indicate that 70% of the stones are Calcium Oxalates.

Kidney Stones & Diet:

Diet plays an important role in the pathogenesis of kidney stones. Because the metabolism of many dietary factors, such as calcium, may change with age, the relation between diet and kidney stones may be different in older adults. Uncertainty remains about the association between many dietary factors, such as vitamin C, magnesium, and animal protein, and the risk of kidney stone formation. Importance of individual dietary factors in the development of symptomatic kidney stones is high. Foods that are high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium should be evaluated as part of a diet to reduce the risk of kidney stone recurrence. Although vitamin C intake is associated with an increased risk of stones, the high amount of potassium in vitamin C–rich foods suggests that limiting the intake of dietary vitamin C in men with calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis is unwarranted.


Rule, A., Krambeck, A. and Lieske, C., 2011. Chronic Kidney Disease in Kidney Stone Formers. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 6, pp. 2069-2075.

Rule, A., Bergstralh, E., Melton, L., Xujian, L., Weaver, A. and Lieske, J., 2009. Kidney Stones and the Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, [Online] Available at: <>

NHS, 2015, Black and south Asian kidney health. [Online] Available at: <>

Curhan, G., Willett, W., Speizer, F. and Stampfer, M., 1999, Intake of Vitamins B6 and C and the Risk of Kidney Stones in Women. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 10, pp. 840-845.

Taylor, E., Stampfer, M. and Churan, G., 2004, Dietary Factors and the Risk of Incident Kidney Stones in Men: New Insights after 14 Years of Follow-up. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 15, pp. 3225–3232.



Dr. Sameeh J. Khan



World Heart Day: A Healthy Heart… A Healthy Life

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death which kills 17.3 million people every year. 80% of these deaths occur in developing and under developed countries. In Pakistan, 200,000 people die of CVD every year which is 40% of total deaths occur. Being a trendsetter in healthcare sector and a renowned cardiac center, Kulsum International Hospital celebrated World Health Day with a slogan “A healthy Heart… A Healthy Life”.

Patients, attendants and all the community was encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle and communicated about the risk factors attributed to CVD. Our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities like these will be continued for the well-being of the community.


KIH Nursing Care

Nurses take care of patients and they are involved in stability of a patient’s life. Nursing is considered one of the challenging professions. It is a continuous business which never ends.

Nursing Department at KIH is known for its exceptional care and it strives to maintain standards. To assure the quality, adequate nurse patient ratio is maintained, infection prevention & control practices are promoted, safe medical administration is practiced, pressure ulcer is kept to minimal level and capacity building of staff is kept on priority. Under the guidance of Ms. Salimah Jalal Baig (Chief of Nursing Services, KIH) trainings were conducted for the staff which include BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification, 12 leads ECG course and ACLS Mega Code.


Renewal of IBTA License

Inspection team of Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA) has visited KIH Blood Bank lately for the renewal of license for next year 2015-2016. KIH Blood Bank was initially licensed on 1st April, 2014.

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