CHANDIGARH,28.01.20-Prof Jagat Ram expressed his gratitude to Sh. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as well as the President of the Institute, under whose guidance 250 bedded Hi- Tech Nehru Hospital Extension Centre with the cost of Rs 172 crores has been completed. This centre has been provided platinum certification for its green health care. PGI Outreach Satellite Centre, Sangrur is providing OPD services to approximately 1000 patients daily. Work at PGI outreach satellite centre, Una and Ferozepur is also in full swing. PGI has made payment for the 50 acre land in Sarangpur where construction of OPD, Trauma Center, Cancer Center and New Learning Center is being planned. Some of the achievements enumerated by Prof Jagat Ram are as follows:

Under the Digital India Campaign, PGI is creating patient friendly information system. Efforts are being made to adopt Patient Segregation and Management System so as to ease the problem of OPD and Medical tests. This will include registration of OPD cards and depositing of fees through the medium of kiosks. Besides many existing online facilities, there is a provision now for online donations. Online examination for the admission in various courses have now been started to ensure more efficiency and transparency. Also, the air conditioning work in New OPD has now been completed.

Work for Fire Fighting Pumping Systems comprehensive Upgradation has been awarded for the compliance of fire safety. Lift in Kairon Block, ramps at the entrance, parking slots and toilets are made for the persons with disability.

Regarding latest Hi-Tech facilities, PGI has got its third PET Scan machine for speedy treatment of patients. Cryoablation technique has been started in Radiodiagnosis Department for cancer treatment. Pediatric Robotic Surgery in Pediatric Surgery Department and Smile Surgery in Opthalmology Department is being done in PGI. In order to improve the cancer care services, a MoU has also been signed with American Society of Clinical Oncology.

PGI now has six AMRIT outlets and two Jan Aushadi Kendras for patients to buy affordable medicines and implants. PGI is going to start its own pharmacy to provide medicines and surgical items at lesser rates for patients. Rates for orthopaedics implants and cardiac stents are put down from the listed price thereby giving relief to the patients.

In the area of research, PGI faculty has been granted extramural grant of about Rs 50.10 crore for different research projects and 1300 research publications in reputed indexed journals are published. In the last year, five patented research papers were also published.

In the ongoing process of creating new posts and appointing new staff, 82 doctors were appointed and 63 promoted. Last year, 103 other staff was appointed and 29 promoted. 76 employees were also given financial up gradation. The third cadre review and coordination committee report is under consideration of The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Regarding Organ Donation, in the last one year, with the help of 67 cadaver donations and cadaver organ donations 158 patients were benefitted. Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declared PGI as the best public sector hospital for cadaver organ donations.

Prof Jagat Ram requested all the employees to follow the Institute’s discipline, be on time, be polite and helpful towards patients and work whole heartedly for the Institute to achieve greater heights. Faculty, nursing, administrative and other staff were present on the occasion. Patriotic songs were sung by the nursing staff and sweets were distributed amongst the children, patients and employees.