Achievements of PGIMER in year 2013
FOUNDATION STONE OF 250 BEDDED HOSPITAL LAID
The new 250 bedded (expansion of Nehru hospital), which is five storey building with basement, will cater to the needs of the ailing humanity covering not only the northern states but all other states of the country. The new building has 250 beds which will cater to the patients coming to the Departments of Oncology, Hepatology, Endocrinology and ENT.
This new hospital will have 80 private wards and 09 modern modular operation theatres. The project will be completed within approximate cost of Rs.100 crores and is expected to be completed in 18 months. The project will come up as extension of Nehru Hospital (the old PGI building). It will not only add a new block of 250 beds but will also include a 80 beds cancer block
Achievements during PGI Golden Jubilee Year
(7th July 2012 -6th July 2013)
- The Institute is now in the process of implementing several new initiatives such as Initiation grants for the new faculty, Visiting Fellowship and Professorship awards, research-awards and innovative projects. This would provide a major boost to the research achievements for the Institute and to the career of the faculty and residents with these additional resources.
Several eminent dignitaries had visited the Institute during the year to deliver illuminating talks. Special functions were held to honour and felicitate our past directors and members of the faculty. Golden Jubilee Alumni functions with an excellent participation of about a thousand alumni from India and abroad were celebrated by the Institute and different departments. The alumni shared their reminiscences of the past and the vision for the future and promised to offer their services for the progress of the Institute. The Institute has established an Alumni Cell for a continued dialogue.
Several initiatives to further promote academic activities were taken. Sixty-eight scientific and professional conferences were held. Over twenty educational lectures for public and patients were held. The series on public lectures in the OPD for the patients and their relatives has been widely appreciated.
Amongst the commemorative functions a documentary film about the institute’s contributions was made which won wide acclaim. A five rupee commemorative postage stamp was released by the Hon’ble President of India, Sh Pranab Mukherjee who had graced the Annual Convocation during the year. A souvenir befitting the occasion and other mementoes to keep the memory intact in the future, were released on the inaugural day.
Few cultural programmes including an unforgettable performance of the music maestro Ustad Rashid Ali Khan and singer Anoop Jalota were held.
The auspicious celebrations had been set in motion on 7th July 2012 with the key-note address by Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission and were closed on the 51st Foundation Day held on July 6, 2013.
Achievements of PGIMER in year 2012
PGIMER is completing 50 years of its existence and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year. In this journey of 50 years PGI has made significant contribution in the field of medical education, research and quality patient care. The institute has not only achieved leadership in many areas but also has established itself as the best service provider, an achievement recently highlighted in a national weekly where we are placed second. In 2012 PGIMER climbed the following steps:
First paediatric stem cell transplant - Doctors at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre of PGI, Chandigarh have successfully performed a stem cell transplant of a three year old boy with cancer. The little boy was suffering from a rare cancer, called Neuroblastoma which had spread all over his body.
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) Lab - Nucleic acid testing (NAT) Lab in the Department of Transfusion Medicine at PGI was inaugurated. NAT is the most sensitive and state-of-the-art testing for improving blood safety from transfusion transmissible viral infections-HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It detects the presence of DNA or RNA of the virus. This is the first NAT facility for blood screening in the region.
HIV Testing and Disease Monitoring laboratory in the Department of Immunopathology, PGIMER has been accorded Accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories (NABL).
Neuroscience Research Lab under the Department of Neurology introduced novel MPLA based genetic testing. The 27 new genetic tests introduced cost half the price of private labs and include genetic testing for Huntington's Chorea, Muscular Dystrophy, Ataxias, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's disease, Mirgaine, Retinitis pigmentosa, AMD etc.
The Foundation Stone of Image Guided Radiation Therapy (I.G.R.T.) Complex was laid. This complex will house a High Energy Linear Accelerator and a CT Simulator along with other accessories. The High Energy Linear Accelerator to be installed in the Department of Radiotherapy, will have facilities for doing all the latest techniques of radiation for treatment of different cancers.
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, a WHO Collaborating Centre for research and capacity building in Chronic Respiratory Diseases, was redesignated by the World Health Organization for another four years. Its 'terms of reference' have been further expanded to include the strengthening of capacity in South East Asia Region member countries of the WHO. The two large studies (one each in chronic lung disease and tuberculosis) steered by the department at multiple centres in India, were published in International Journals.
Department of Cytology and Gynaecological Pathology has acquired the state-of-the-art facility of Liquid Based Cytology (LBC). This system has been applied in all types of gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology samples for patient care increasing the sensitivity of the diagnosis.
New hormonal estimation facilities with state of art technology were installed providing the qualitative and rapid services to the patients.
Molecular endocrinology lab and facilities for Clamp studies were started in April 2012 to enhance the research in the field of Endocrinology.
Department of Nuclear Medicine started a separate nuclear Cardiology facility for cardiac patients in the Advanced Cardiac Centre
Two new state of the art gamma cameras in the main department were introduced.
The department also started radio-peptide therapy for neuro-endocrine tumors.
The Department preformed 20 cochlear implants during the year 2012, providing hearing to profoundly deaf children.
Department of Paediatric Medicine established ICMR centres for Evidence Based Child Health under Professor Meenu Singh and on Primary Immune Deficiency research under Prof Surjit Singh.
A new clinic for Childhood Epilepsy was started.
Department of General Surgery developed the techniques of minimally invasive surgery by performing more number of complex advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures like-Bariatric surgery for morbid obese patients, laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic esophageal and laparoscopic colonic surgery. It continued to perform Cadaveric Liver transplants.
Department of Anaesthesia has introduced monthly Basic Life Support course which trains 10-15 participants in each session.
The Department has also got approval for starting DM Neuroanaesthesia Course from January 2013 onwards.
'Line Probe Assay Laboratory for Mycobacterial Infections was commissioned.
Indian Council of Medical Research identified two National Lead Centers for 'Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network' - 'Fungi' and 'Gram Negative Bacteria'.
A BSL-III laboratory for Mycobacteria is under construction.
Haryana Government and PGIMER signed MoU to improve healthcare in four Blocks.
Infant Death Review Guidelines were developed. Counselling clinic was started in Sector 45 Polyclinic of Chandigarh.
Asha Jyoti' Women's Healthcare Outreach Mobile Programme was inaugurated. A mobile van equipped with a microdose digital mammography unit for breast evaluation, a DEXA scan for evaluation of bone density and a digital video colposcope for evaluation of the cervix was introduced. 'Asha Jyoti' is a population based screening programme of healthy women in the age group 45-60 years for detection of breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis. The aim of this programme is to detect any of these three diseases before the individual has any signs or symptoms.
Organ & Body donation
Twenty-three bodies were donated for research purposes in Department of Anatomy.
Three hundred and thirty-two eyes were donated in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Eleven kidneys of six cadavers were transplanted to eleven patients in the Department of Renal Transplant Surgery.
The Department of Hepatology in collaboration with the surgical team has successfully done three deceased donor liver transplants.