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THE POSTGRADUATE Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday issued an appeal, asking people to donate funds for the treatment of below poverty line (BPL) patients coming to the institute from across the country. The institute runs a cell for poor patients which receives donations from pulbic. PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the institute’s Poor Patient Welfare Fund (PPWF) needs to be strengthened to treat the large number of BPL patients at the institute. “The rush of patients is unprecedented. The institute is providing financial support to hundreds of beneficiaries coming from far-off places for treatment,” she said.
A statement, issued by PGI, said: “Donations are accepted either through cheque (in favour of Director PGIMER) or cash at the poor patient cell near the Main Reception, Nehru Hospital, under Section 80G of the income tax Act,” it said. According to hospital records, over 25 lakh patients came to PGI last year. In 2015-16, over 24 lakh patients visited the out-patient department of this premier medical hub.