The Department of Pulmonology started functioning in Ayub Teaching Hospital Complex Abbottabad since 1997. It is the 1st functional Department of Pulmonology Department established in Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pulmonology Department of Ayub Teaching Hospital Complex is providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to a vast majority of population of Hazara division, Kohistan, Northern areas and people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Management of Chest diseases was being done effectively with the exception of MDR-TB (Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis). As we did not have facility for diagnosis and non-availability of drugs for MDR the poor emaciated patients had to travel all the way from remote areas of Hazara division to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar on monthly intervals. Most of the patients who were very sick refused to go to Peshawar despite of our full motivation due to long tedious journey and the treatment was interrupted. With the help of national TB program and co –operation of administration (Ayub Teaching Hospital Complex Abbottabad) we were ultimately able to establish a full fledge MDR-TB unit in may 2013, with the facility of Gene-Xpert (Sensitive and advance test for diagnosis of MDR-TB).
The MDR-TB unit is providing free diagnosis for suspected MDR-TB patients on the basis of Gene-Expert and sputum AFB culture and sensitivity. For diagnosed patients, Ayub Teaching Hospital Complex is providing free investigations both base line and two years follow up the investigation.
The diagnosed patients are provided with free medication for a period of approximately 20 to 24 months. (Cost per patient is 12 to 14 lac rupees provided by Global fund including food basket and traveling incentives).
A seprate ten beds ward (both male and female) for MDR-TB patients has been established. A total number of 233 MDR-Tb patients are registered out of which 90 patients have been cured.