The Regional Spine Injury Centre (RSIC) at Mohali’s Sector 70,which has started performing surgeries three to four months ago,recently preformed its surgery number 101. Among these,75 were conducted on residents of Punjab alone.
Set up around five years ago,the centre caters to the needs of patient suffering from spine injuries and diseases,congenital deformities and other orthopaedic problems from states including Punjab,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Out of the 101 surgeries,while 75 patients have come from Punjab,12 patients each had come from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and the remaining two from Uttar Pradesh.
The districts from where the centre had received most of its patients in Punjab are Patiala (16),Mansa (13),Sangrur (8),Ropar (7),Mohali (22) and Ludhiana (8). Most of them are electrical workers who have become paraplegics after falling from electricity poles,said Dr Raj Bahadur – project in-charge of RSIC. The first patient whose spine was operated upon at the centre was from Malerkotla.
Till now,due to lack of orthopaedics surgeons in the region,most patients from Punjab went to Rajasthan for treatment. This has changed with RSIC,which is being run with the support from Department of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedics of Chandigarh GMCH.
The Punjab government had initiated the project in collaboration with the Centre almost a decade ago. Later,it decided to upgrade it to the RSIC with 25 beds in the first phase,which will be expanded to a 50-bed hospital. The OPDs at the centre started functioning in 2006 and over 53,000 patients have visited the centre till now.