The Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) would be upgraded on the analogy of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Sewa Yojana, (PMSSY), health minister Kaul Singh Thakur has said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day conference on Continued Medical Education organised by the department of gastroenterology at IGMC on Saturday.Delegates from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; Hindu Rao Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Delhi; GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi; and Dr Manju Shri Gautam from Texas (United States) are participating in the conference.
Thakur revealed about his meeting with union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the proposal for granting the status to IGMC was under consideration of the government of India.Thakur added that the endeavour of the state government was to develop IGMC as a prestigious institute so that it can provide qualitative and better health services to the people of the state.
The minister urged the doctors to be humble and not suffer from vanity and don't be caught in the vortex of ignorance and unethical deeds. Thakur said as the field of medical science was changing every day it becomes compulsory for doctors and specialists to keep pace with new technologies and advancements in the health sector.
Since the past few years, there have been exciting advances and innovations in screening, diagnosis and therapy of patients suffering from various Gastro-Intestinal (GI) disorders like peptic ulcer, cancer of GI tracts, gall stones, hepatitis, etc., which is known not only to the doctors but also to the common man.
The minister added that the deliberations, discussions, debates and presentations would help in evolving strategies to address the complex challenges erupting in medical field every day.
Kaul Singh asked the doctors to be ready to serve in rural areas of the state so that qualitative and better health services could be provided to rural populace.
He said gastroenterology was a super-specialised field and besides its set up in IGMC, the government was developing such super-specialty complex at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, in Kangra so as to provide better medical facilities to the needy and ailing humanity.
The government was endeavouring to strengthen RPGMC hospital with special services for children and adolescents by strengthening its paediatrics wing, he said.
He added that 11.6% increase was made in the budget 2013-14, wherein Rs. 1,187 crore had been provided for health sector in Himachal Pradesh. A fund of Rs. 150 crore is being provided for developing super-speciality multi-complex and hospital at RPGMC, Tanda.