CTVS to be strengthened with modern equipments : Virbhadra Singh
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) had become a beacon of light to other health institution of the State. He said it was the only State Government institution in the North India providing open heart surgery facility and running super speciality M CH programme and DM Cardiology courses. To keep pace with the advancement of medical services in the field of cardiology, the State Government would provide latest equipments, machinery, ICU beds and more operation theatres to facilitate the patients. He was speaking during the function organized as a part of celebration on 10th anniversary of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS) Department of IGMC, Shimla, today. He said IGMC was celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year and it was coincidence that Cardiac Surgery Centre had also completed ten years of its functioning during this year. He congratulated the entire team of the CTVS Department for its remarkable achievements during last ten years especially for performing over 1600 open heart surgeries with a noteworthy success rate of 98 percent. The Chief Minister said the Cardiac Surgery Centre was opened during the regime of Congress Government in November, 2005 with a view to benefit the patients of the State, especially the poor patients who were not able to bear the cost of heart surgery in private hospitals outside the state. The doctors, nurses and other Para-medical staff from IGMC underwent three-months training at AIIMS to perform open heart surgery. The Centre had been further strengthened and it was providing the facility of Open Heart Surgeries including CABG, Valve replacement and surgery for Congenital Heart diseases. Shri Virbhadra Singh said majority of the patients had been provided financial assistance from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to undergo open heart surgery. He expressed happiness that with the introduction of Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna and School Health Programme, more and more patients were availing this facility. The Chief Minister said the State Government had always accorded topmost priority to the health sector so that people of the State could avail best health care services within the State. “As far as the health sector is concerned, I have never compromised in providing funds as we need to keep in pace with the latest advancements and techniques especially in premier health institute like IGMC to provide best health care facility besides maintaining standards of medication and surgery” said the Chief Minister. He said recently, Lithotripsy facility had also been made available in urology department of IGMC for surgery free treatment of kidney stones. Besides, a free generic pharmacy had also been opened in IGMC premises where 300 types of generic medicines are being provided free of cost to the poor and BPL patients, whereas other patients can also get these medicines at very minimal rates round the clock. Shri Virbhadra Singh said during last three years, the State Government had laid special emphasis on opening and up-grading health institutes in rural and hard areas with adequate infrastructure and staff. The government is committed for expansion of qualitative health services in the State up to village level. He said Himachal Pradesh was one of the leading States in best health indicators in the country. He said Telestroke Management Programme had also been launched for the first time in the State on pilot basis with collaboration of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In order to provide specialized health services to the people living in far flung areas, mobile diagnostic units are being established in 10 districts. Chief Minister urged the resident doctors to call off their strike in the larger interest of the people as strike was no solution and said that their genuine demands would be considered sympathetically. He honoured Ms. Promila who had been operated as first patient in this centre. He congratulated the faculty and staff members of the unit for their dedication in successfully running the Centre. Chief Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion. Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that Government was working in the direction of establishing super speciality block in IGMC with the financial assistance of Government of India in PMSSY- III Scheme of Rs. 150 crore out of which Rs. 30 crore would be provided by the State Government. He said that the Government was committed to strength Tanda Medical College as super speciality institution. To facilitate the needy, a schedule had been made where a senior super specialists from IGMC was being sent to Tanda to operate and train the existing faculties there. He said that a separate department of cardiac anesthesia had been created in IGMC and two posts of consultants had been created in the department this year. He said that department of emergency services had also been created in two medical colleges. Director Medical Education, Dr. Jaishree Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries on the occasion and detailed out various developmental activities being undertaken by the department. Dr. Rajneesh Pathania, Head, CTVS, detailed about the functioning of the department. He said that the Centre was inaugurated by Shri Virbhadra Singh in the year 2005 as Chief Minister and first open heart surgery was performed on 12 December, 2005 with the help of AIIMS. Dr. Sudhir Mehta, Assistant Professor proposed vote of thanks. Mayor, Municipal Corporation Shimla Shri Sanjay Chauhan, Vice Chairman, H.P. Tourism Development Corporation Shri Harish Janartha, Vice Chairman, State Forest Development Corporation Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice Principal, IGMC Dr. K.P. Chaudhary Principal Dental College, Dr. R.P. Luthra, Additional Director, IGMC Shri K.K. Sharma, Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. Ramesh Chand, Head of the Departments, faculty and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.