Focus on strengthening of infrastructure
The draft of the four-year strategic plan of the Department of Medical Education and Research, Punjab was discussed at length in a meeting held on Thursday at the camp office of Medical Education Minister, Mr. OP Soni.
Deliberations were held at length upon the projects and infrastructure required in near future, their feasibility and their operation and maintenance requirements, informed Mr. Soni. He said that the focus of the strategic plan would be on strengthening the infrastructure of the medical colleges and the hospitals and equipping them with the state of art machinery/ equipment.
He informed that the Strategic Plan includes major projects like development of Advanced Trauma Centres at Government Medical College(GMC) Amritsar and Patiala ,setting up of Mother and Child Care units at Faridkot, Cancer Institute, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine Block in GMC Amritsar, Construction of New Pulmonary Health Care Centre in TB Hospital, Burn unit in GMC Patiala, New Liquid Oxygen Plant for Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar,construction of hostels for Senior Residents/ faculty and students, upgrading blood banks and operation theaters and equipping the Government Medical Hospitals with state of art equipment. Besides, the requirements of Dental and Ayurvedic Colleges have also been incorporated in the plan, said he.
He said that the yearly targets and budget for the same has been worked out so that the projects may not face any financial hiccup. Once the draft of the strategic plan is finalized, it will be submitted to the department of Planning Punjab and thereafter to the Finance Department for requisite budget provision in the ensuing fiscal, said Soni.
The Minister exhorted the heads of medical colleges and hospitals to work proactively for the strengthening their institutions and also directed them to ensure that all the funds allotted for the ongoing projects are utilized and subsequent Utilization Certificates are submitted to the treasury so that further in flow of funds is not interrupted. He said that non-utilization of funds by an institution reflects the poor administration by the head of the institution and will not be tolerated upon as colleges and hospitals are meant for welfare of public. He said that hampering of developmental projects due to short sightedness or the laxity of the heads of will invite stern action.
The inputs for the four-year strategic plan of the Department of Medical Education and Research were given by the Dr Raj bahadur Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University Of Health Sciences , Dr BK Kaushik, Vice Chancellor Of Guru Ravidas Ayurvedic University, Mr DK Tiwari, Principal Secretary Department Of Medical Education, Dr Avnish Kumar, Director Medical Education and Research, Principal Medical College Amritsar and Patiala, Dr Sujata Sharma and Dr Harvinder Singh respectively, Medical Superintendent Patiala Dr Ashwani Kumar, Medical Superintendent Amritsar Dr J S Kolar and representatives of Government Dental and Ayurvedic Colleges