Achievements of PGIMER in year 2014
- The Department of Urology has introduced the unique facility of Robotic Assisted Surgery in November, 2014. North of Delhi, this is the only such facility in India. Robotic Assisted Surgery offers the benefit of enhanced precision and meticulousness of tissue dissection & suturing with the help of three dimensional vision of the operative field with 10 times magnification. The da vinci Si Robotic Surgical System installed at PGIMER, Chandigarh is the only such system in the country with the facility of real time simulator and double surgeons console. The department also identified new species of Malassezia causing dandruff and named it as Malasseziaarunalokeii.
- The Department of Renal Transplant Surgery performed the first pancreas transplant at PGIMER, Chandigarh. Although a number of pancreatic transplants are performed across the world, this is only the sixth such transplant in the whole of India.
- The Department of Pulmonary medicine screened about 135 patients who were potential candidates fulfilling one or more criteria for lung transplant. At present, of them only about 15 are eligible and willing for transplant and are in various stages of workup for the same. PGI already has all the necessary approvals and infrastructure for conducting lung transplant and we are hopeful that it would be done very soon.
- This year twenty-seven bodies were received by Department of Anatomy through donation after death. Three hundred and eighteen eyes were donated in the Department of Ophthalmology. Thirteen kidneys of seven cadavers were transplanted to thirteen patients in the Department of Renal Transplant Surgery. One Liver Transplant was performed.
- Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has allotted 0.3 acres of land in Indira Colony to PGIMER, Chandigarh for the purpose of building an Urban Health Training Centre which shall provide a comprehensive package of promotive, preventive and curative services to the population. As a part Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Public Health Development Society, Indira Colony under aegis of Urban Health Centre, Indira Colony being run by School of Public Health, PGI has unanimously decided to work with key stakeholders to develop Indira Colony as a Clean and Healthy Colony within a period of one year.
Awards 2014 for the Institute (Hospitals & Labs)
- PGIMER, Chandigarh has been conferred two Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Healthcare Excellence Awards for the year 2014 under the categories of Medical Technology and Diagnostics, Pathology Laboratories. These awards were evaluated on the basis of problems faced, innovative solutions and benefits to patients and other stakeholders, operational metrics including patient satisfaction and turnaround time for services provided, academic research and training, status of accreditation and contribution to the nation.
- As part of the 100-day action plan for power sector initiatives of the Government of India the “Bureau of Energy Efficiency” launched the Energy Star Labelling Scheme for hospital buildings at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. PGIMER was amongst the 7 hospitals of the country and the only government hospital to be conferred the star rating. This Award recognizes the best applications of technology in the various sectors of governance.
- PGIMER has been adjudged as the second best institute for medical education in India amongst fifteen best institutes and also having second best research facilities amongst the ten best multispeciality hospitals in India by The Week-NIELSEN BEST HOSPITALS SURVEY 2014. As a hospital it is the second best amongst the top fifteen multi-speciality hospitals in India. AIIMS has been rated the first.
- In addition to the already existing centres of Regional Virus Diagnostic Laboratory under DHR/ICMR, Apex Referral Laboratory for advanced diagnosis of Dengue, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya under NVBDCP, GOI and Influenza like illness network centre, NCDC, New Delhi, recently World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the Department of Virology, PGIMER, Chandigarh as the National Measles and Rubella Laboratory to support Measles surveillance in northern states of India.
- PGI’s Neuroscience Research Laboratory (NRL) has won the prestigious 2014 QCI-DL Shah Quality National Award from Quality Council of India (QCI), Govt of India. This award was given under the category of ‘Research” making it the first ever research lab in the country to have been recognized for voluntarily implementing the international standards of research usually reserved for USFDA or OECD approved drug testing facilities. The award was conferred for ‘Redefining the basic research investigations by broadening the purview of Good Lab Practices’.
- The entire "Department of Medical Microbiology", of the Institute has been accorded accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories (NABL). The Department has also been awarded as a Regional Sexual Transmitted Infection Reference, Research and Training Centre by NACO.
- PGI discovers a novel microRNA and carries on research on its potential -The major scientific breakthrough in recent years has been that human genome holds tiny microRNAs (micro-Ribonucleic Acids) in its exquisite readout-code and this phenomenon has revolutionized the way we look at the dynamic aspect of human genome in the human health and diseased states. It is in this context that the recent discovery of a novel microRNA (designated as miR-2909 in the international literature) by Prof. Deepak Kaul assumes importance. This microRNA has emerged not only to empower human immune T-cells to fight microbial infections but also may play a crucial role in evolution of autoimmune diseases as well as other degenerative diseases like Coronary Heart Disease and Cancer.
- In a significant breakthrough, the department of Nuclear Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh (in collaboration with the departments of Gastroenterology, Microbiology and Radiodiagnosis) has developed a new technique in which a sample of the patient's white blood cells are separated, labeled with a radioactive material and re-injected intravenously. As a natural defence response of the body, these radiolabeled cells accumulate at the site of active infection and appear as bright collections on PET imaging. In the first such study in the world, this technique has been developed by Dr. Anish Bhattacharya and has been published in international journals and selected for international innovative medical research awards.
Expansion of facilities
- Expansion of existing Sports injury management facilities is in progress; the functioning sports Injury clinic on Thursday/ Saturday has specilized Orthopaedicians, Sports Physiotherapists, and a Clinical psychologist; it has expanded its facilities with inputs from various specialists having experience in Doping, Musculoskeletal radiology, and Dietitics. With the proposed acquisition of the gait analysis Lab and the Body composition analyzer in early 2015, facilities for sportsmen will be upgraded significantly. A sports medicine fellowship is in the pipeline.
- The Paediatric Orthopaedic division has is now a full-fledged sub-speciality, with 11 inpatient beds in the Advanced Paediatric Centre and two dedicated consultants, a registrar and residents. Around 2500 new patients were registered in 2014 and the total outpatient attendance crossed 5000. The total number of major surgeries performed was approximately 300. A dedicated CTEV clinic functions on Wednesday and the idea of initiating a Paediatric Orthopaedic fellowship is in the pipeline.
- The Department of Paediatric Medicine added Tandem Mass Spectrometer for patient care and started a new facility for investigations of inborn errors of metabolism and quantification of immunosuppressants.
- The Department of Pulmonary Medicine took another leap in providing the state-of-the-art interventional pulmonology services in the year 2014. The department has started the radial endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) services which will help in diagnosis of peripheral masses and consolidation. This year the department performed complex airway stenting procedures such as placement of metallic Y-stents and Amplatzer device closure, which will immensely help in palliation of lung cancer symptoms. The department is already performing convex probe EBUS that helps in the diagnosis of intrathoracic lymph nodes and masses thus obviating the need for invasive surgical procedures.
- Fast speed internet connection acquired though National Knowledge Network (NKN) is being disseminated though campus wide LAN and Wi-Fi access points. In order ensure 100% availability of the web portal and connectivity of the Institute across the globe, contract of 32Mbps internet leased line (redundant link) is extended. Making the campus of the Institute Wi-Fi enabled is another initiative. Site survey of all buildings has already been conducted and scope of work has been identified for acquisition and deployment of Wi-fi solution for the Institute.
Awards & Honours
- Prof. Amod Gupta, Head, Department of Ophthalmology awarded ‘Padma Sri’ for the year 2014 by the President of India.
- President of India conferred the National Florence Nightingale Award 2014 to Ms. Sunita Sharma, Female Multipurpose Worker.
- Prof. K. Gauba was awarded Fellowship of the National Academy Medical Sciences (FAMS) at the Annual Conference of National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) for his significant contribution in the field of Dentistry.
- Faculty of 50 departments showcased their research activities of last one year on the Research Day. More than 180 studies with their results were presented. This year the main attraction of the presentation was Idea Bazzar. Nearly 50 ideas were submitted by faculty and students and 15 were selected for presentation. Dr. Reddy of Gastroenterology department developed a syringe which can easily distinguish once used for collection of blood. This would prevent spurious use of syringes. He also developed a feeding tube in patients with gastrointestinal obstruction. Dr. Rajesh Gupta of Surgery department developed a new technique for management of pancreatic necrosis with the use of streptokinase. Dr. Ramandeep Singh developed a new technique for removal of glass from the eye, which is common problem after trauma. Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur of Nursing Institute developed a novel heat therapy technique to minimize labour pain. Dr. Ghai, Principal of Nursing College developed a movie club for psychiatry training. Dr. Dheeraj Khurana of Neurology developed a novel method of teaching neurology among residents. Dr. Anish Bhattacharyya of Nuclear medicine developed a cost-effective imaging technique with the use of FDG-labeled autologous leukocytes. Dr. Usha Dutta of Gastroenterology department developed a mobile app for managing gastrointestinal and liver emergencies. Dr. Surinder Rana of Gastroenterology department developed non-fluoroscopic endoscopic method of drainage in pancreatic necrosis. Dr. Ranjana Minz, Dr. Neelam Taneja, Dr. Sachdeva, Dr. Mini P Singh developed certain novel molecule or technique for diagnosis of several diseases.
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.