Advising hospitals not to consign patient records to the wastepaper basket, governor BL Joshi on Wednesday said such data must be used for research.
He was speaking at the 18th convocation ceremony of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here.
Joshi, who is also the visitor of the institute, advised young doctors to do original research work, which should prepare the healthcare system for emergencies and epidemic situations.
Though there were 362 medical colleges producing over 45000 medical graduates in the country every year, only a few doctors were available to serve those hit by calamities, he observed.
That was why technology like telemedicine must be used to treat patients in the remotest of villages, said the governor who awarded degrees to 88 superspecialists.
Speaking on the occasion, chief secretary Jawed Usmani said chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had opened the doors of the PGI for poor patients last year.
Since then, 1579 ‘poorest of the poor’ patients had benefited from the scheme for which state had given Rs. 2 crore, he added.
He said super-specialty treatment should not be limited to the rich only, but should be available to “the last man of the society”.
He congratulated the institute on completing the 25th year of patient care and 18 years of education.
Institute director RK Sharma said the SGPGIMS would become the first government hospital in India to start a pneumatic shuttle system wherein blood and other samples collected from patients were delivered directly to a laboratory through an automatic duct.
This system would start functioning within two months.
Besides, the PGI has three ultra-modern ambulances fitted with ventilators for critical patients or those with trauma injuries.
Dean of hospital RN Mishra also spoke on the occasion. Governor BL Joshi changed the protocol of the faculty procession.
Ideally, governor leads the procession followed by the chief secretary, the institute director, the dean and senior most faculty members.
But, on Wednesday, the governor decided to remain behind the faculty.
He was the last man to enter the hall.
When told about the protocol, he said it was time for the youth and merit to lead the procession.
There was no harm in following the meritorious youth, he said.