city anchor: At 50,PGI set to walk down memory lane of golden past

From a mere 230-bedded hospital which had its first patient on June 23,1962 to a 1,960-bedded tertiary care hospital,with specialised state of the art centres,including Advance Pediatric Centre,Advance Eye Centre,Advance Cardiac Centre and Advance Trauma Centre,the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is a name to reckon with both nationally and globally in the field of medicine and research.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 5, 2012 1:39:55 am

From a mere 230-bedded hospital which had its first patient on June 23,1962 to a 1,960-bedded tertiary care hospital,with specialised state of the art centres,including Advance Pediatric Centre,Advance Eye Centre,Advance Cardiac Centre and Advance Trauma Centre,the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is a name to reckon with both nationally and globally in the field of medicine and research.

After fifty years of its operation,the institute is set to celebrate its inception from July 7 to July 6,2013. Over the years,the number of specialities has grown from 30 to over 46 besides over 110 special clinics which are unique to the institute.

No wonder,from an annual attendance of 1,25,163 outpatients and 3,328 admissions in 1963-64,the figure has gone up to 18,49,015 outpatients and 68,175 admissions in 2011-12,with an annual rate of increase of up to 30 per cent. The emergency wing of the hospital that has 100 beds has always had around 300 per cent occupancy.

Despite resource crunch,the Institute continues to excel in quality research,and the clinicians and basic scientists produced 771 papers during this year and 82 scientists were awarded fellowships,orations and other national and international awards. Last year,various departments of the Institute completed 152 research projects funded by Department of Science and Technology,World Health Organisation,Indian Council of Medical Research and other agencies and 494 research projects were being continued and supported by national,international and PGI research funds.

The Nehru Hospital building of the medical institute that was formally inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India,Jawaharlal Nehru,on July 7,1963,is set for an extension. A 250-bedded hospital will soon be set up to share the ever increasing patient load.

Classes for the first batch of postgraduate students began on April 15,1963. With the passage of time,the institute excelled in patient care,medical education,and research. To run all these facilities,PGI has a faculty strength of almost 500 and more than 8,000 staff members,including nurses and technicians.

In order to cope with the increasing rush of patients from all over the region and de-congest the emergency ward,the institute has prepared Vision 2020,which sets out the goals for the next 10 years.

Vision 2020

The document includes modernisation of Nehru Hospital and research blocks of the institute and improvisation of patient care,medical education and medical research. The institute plans to explore pathogenesis of various diseases at molecular level in the next 10 years. It will continue it’s work on stem cell research to find treatment for various diseases.

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