THE POSTGRADUATE Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Saturday said Rs 6 lakh have been donated to the Poor Patient Welfare Fund (PPWF) in response to an appeal issued a few days ago. Chandigarh Newsline on Thursday had reported about the appeal in which PGI asked the general public to donate generously for treatment of below poverty line (BPL) patients coming to the institute from across the country. The institute runs a poor patient cell on donations from the public.
“PGIMER is grateful to the generous donors, who have donated in response to our appeal for donations to PPWF…. In the last few days, six lakh rupees have been donated to the fund,” said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar in a statement. “We wish to convey our sincere thanks to the Management of St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, for donating rupees three lac for the poor and needy patients. Such gestures of benevolence by the philanthropists go a long way in benefitting the poor ailing humanity,” the statement added.
According to data provided by PGI, 1,728 patients benefited in the 2015-16 financial year while around two thousand people were the beneficiaries in 2016-17 through PPWF. The donation received in 2015-16 was Rs 36,90,103 and in 2016-17, it was over Rs 59 lakh. The institute, however, had to spend Rs 41 lakh and Rs 76 lakh in 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively.
PGI has been recording an increase in patients from across the country. According to hospital records, over 25 lakh patients visited the institute for treatment last year. In 2015-16, over 24 lakh patients visited the PGI OPD. Donations for poor patients are accepted either through cheque (in favour of Director PGIMER) or cash at the poor patient cell near the Main Reception, Nehru Hospital.