Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorities here have instructed the institute security staff to ensure no hindrance in the movement of patients at any cost during the PGI annual convocation on Friday.
The directive comes in the wake of hue and cry raised over the death of a patient during the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at the 30th convocation of the PGI in November 2009. The PMO had issued an apology to the family of 32-year-old Sumit Prakash Verma after he lost his life.
President Pranab Mukherjee would be the chief guest at the 33rd annual convocation of PGI this week, at which telecom minister Kapil Sibal and health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad would also be present.
Sources said that PGI medical superintendent Dr AK Gupta recently chaired a meeting of the security department and other officials regarding security arrangements to be made at the convocation venue. He instructed senior security officials that patient movement should not get affected due to the visit of the VVIPs.
Besides giving away gold medals for outstanding research works, the President would hand over degrees to more than 350 doctors pursuing different courses, including postgraduation, at the coming convocation.
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