The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) celebrated its continued success of over 30 years with their faculty, staff, children who started their journey from the NICU and their parents. The event was attended by more than 500 people from different walks of life. Globally, 15 million babies are born too early every year. These babies have special needs and require special care which the multi-disciplinary team at Aga Khan University Hospital’s NICU is fully equipped for.“The NICU at the Aga Khan University Hospital is a 24 bed state of the art facility where pre-mature babies from different provinces around Pakistan are transferred in for special care,” said Director NICU Aga Khan University Hospital Dr. Ali Shabbir Hussain. Newborn Specialist Aga Khan University Hospital Dr. Shabina Arif mentioned that “The NICU at the Aga Khan University Hospital provides quality care and is equipped with board certified newborn specialists, trained and experienced nursing staff. The survival rate of premature babies at Aga Khan University Hospital is above 90%, thus the myth that pre-mature babies do not survive is wrong. All these babies need is special care.”Globally, 15 million babies are born too early every year. These babies have special needs and require special careTo acknowledge the efforts of the staff and the parents in the recovery process of the pre-term babies, token of remembrance and certificates were distributed amongst the children who have graduated from the NICU and are leading an active life. “My baby was transferred from another hospital in this city, the team here gave me the confidence, emotional support and counseling sessions to assist in my baby’s fast recovery. The team here is indeed very professional,” said Dr. Nadia – a mother of Fatima, a NICU patient.The Children’s Hospital at Aga Khan University Hospital also took the opportunity to announce the “Neonatal Kitty”, an endowment fund for NICU patients.The survival rate of premature babies at AKUH is above 90%, thus the myth that pre-mature babies do not survive is wrong- Newborn Specialist Dr Shabina ArifThe Aga Khan University Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare institute that offers all medical services to their patients under one roof. In addition to the quaternary care hospital in Karachi, AKUH has a network of 4 secondary care hospitals, over 25 medical centres, and over 260 clinical laboratories in over 115 cities across Pakistan. It also has pharmacies and offers Home based Healthcare Services.The Hospital provides Zakat and generous Patient Welfare to support those in financial need. In recognition of its high quality and patient safety, the AKUH is accredited by the Joint Commission International as an Academic Medical Center and its Clinical Laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for fast and accurate testing.Published in Daily Times, February 5th 2019.