Chandigarh : 15 July : In the midst of the current health emergency due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this year PGIMER is not celebrating its 58th Foundation Day instead dedicating the Day to the resilience and self less service of medical fraternity.
The Day will also mark the welcome and wish for ‘happy sojourn’ for all those 55 residents joining DM/MCH and 87 residents joining MD/MS in the Institute in this session. .
Tracing the grand history of the Institute and lauding peerless and fearless team of PGIMER, Prof Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER stated, “We are going through an epoch in which the unthinkable has become the “new normal”. This year, we would like to dedicate the Foundation Day to all those doctors, nursing officers, technical officers, technicians, hospital attendants, sanitary attendants and other categories of staff who worked among positive and suspected Covid patients by putting service before self and risked their own lives to save the lives of patients under their care.”
This premier Institute of national importance completes fifty-seven years of its existence on 58th Foundation Day. Conceived in 1961 with the concurrence of the Planning Commission, PGIMER owes its inception to the vision of late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, the then Chief Minister of Punjab. PGIMER started providing clinical services with the inauguration of the main hospital, now called Nehru hospital.
PGIMER was declared as an “Institute of National Importance” by an Act of Parliament on 1st April, 1967 (Act 51 of 1966). The first batch of postgraduates was admitted in January 1963.
In the last 57 years the expansion of the Institute has been spectacular. From 230 beds to begin with, it is now 2000 bed hospital, including many ICU beds.
The Covid pandemic has taken a heavy toll on human health and lives, but it has also provided PGIMER an unprecedented opportunity to rise above the occasion, to demonstrate its extraordinary capacity for teamwork and hard work; and to serve as a mentor institution for this part of the country.
Very early on in the pandemic, the crucial decision of converting the brand-new 200 bedded Nehru Hospital Extension Block into a dedicated Covid hospital temporarily was taken and close to 250 proven Covid positive patients have been managed in this dedicated Covid Hospital. More than 2000 suspected Covid patients have been successfully managed so far.
Alongside, PGIMER started a very innovative tele-OPD. On an average, 1200-1500 patients are registered every day in the OPDs. Between 600-900 patients are examined physically. Many departments such as Radiotherapy, Obst. & Gynae, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics and several others have continued seeing patients physically, after enforcing all due precautions, but nevertheless at great risk to themselves.