Donations are now utilised from Poor Patients Welfare Fund,says PGI director
In a bid to streamline the funding for the poor indoor patients at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),the authorities have decided to stop collecting money on a patient’s name. The donations for the poor are,however,now being collected under the general fund of the institute which is later utilised for the treatment of needy patients.
Previously,if any indoor patient would need Rs 1 lakh or more money in one go for a surgery,we would collect money in his name. But we faced a lot of problems as some attendants would lay their claim on the extra money. But now,donations from the public are deposited in the Poor Patients Welfare Fund. And from that fund,the money is utilised for the treatment of the needy, PGIMER Director Dr K K Talwar said.
In fact,the PGIMER a high-power committee which meets regularly for fund allotment to the indoor poor patients.
Around 1,322 applications of patients were considered and recommended for help from the poor patients assistance fund last year, a senior official of the PGIMER said.
It is not only that the needy indoor patients are taken care in the hospital,but the poor patients in the OPD carrying BPL cards are recommended by respective heads of departments or consultants and they are provided facilities including exemption from hospital charges of all investigations and diet.
According to officials at PGIMER,around 20 per cent of patients visiting the institute in the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and indoor are poor and they are helped by them.
The poor patients come to the PGIMER from Orissa,Madhya Pradesh,Haryana,Punjab,Uttar Pradesh,Jharkhand,Rajasthan,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir,Bihar,Tamil Nadu,West Bengal,Assam,Uttaranchal,Chhattisgarh,Delhi and Chandigarh. Poor patients from neighbouring countries of Nepal and Pakistan also visit the hospital for health treatment.
The PGIMER last year had even raised internal funds to the tune of Rs 40 crore which was used to subsidise the care to the poor patients.
Wish to contribute?
If you wish to donate money for poor patients at PGIMER then you can deposit cash in the Poor Patient Cell at the Nehru Hospital. Account payee cheques or demand drafts addressed in the name of Director,PGIMER Chandigarh are also accepted by hand or through post.