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Amritsar medical college to start heart surgeries with PGI help

In a major boost to health services in the Majha belt, Government Medical College, Amritsar, will start open-heart bypass surgeries with the help of experts from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) from this month onwards.

punjab Updated: Jan 04, 2014 20:29 IST
HT Correspondent

In a major boost to health services in the Majha belt, Government Medical College, Amritsar, will start open-heart bypass surgeries with the help of experts from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) from this month onwards.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in this connection recently at Chandigarh between the PGI and the department of medical education and research of the Punjab government.

The MoU was signed to develop super-specialty in cardiothoracic surgery at Government Medical College, Amritsar.

Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, department of medical education and research, said the department of cardiothoracic surgery at Government Medical College, Amritsar, was short of qualified surgeons, anaesthetists and perfusionists.

As per the MoU, an expert team from the PGI, Chandigarh, would visit Government Medical College, Amritsar, from time to time to help strengthen the infrastructure, equipment and arrangements for conducting open-heart surgeries.

"The arrangement will go a long way in reducing the burden and the waiting list at the premier institute in Chandigarh," said Dr KK Talwar, adviser to the Punjab government.

The PGI will also provide heart-lung machine to the GMC.

The MoU was signed by Mahajan and Dr Yogesh Chawla, PGI director. Minister for medical education and research Anil Joshi was also present on the occasion.

Paying back time

Dr KK Talwar, former director of the PGI, said Government Medical College, Amritsar, had made an immense contribution to PGI. Of the total 11 directors of the PGI, eight were from the Amritsar medical college. Dr Tulsi Das, Dr SS Anand and Dr PN Chuttani, the first three directors of the PGI, also fondly called "founding fathers of the institute", were also from the Amritsar college.