Nadda to ensure completion of pending projects at GMCH

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2015 10:28 IST
Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and local MP Kirron Kher at the inauguration of the second national conference of Indian Society of Radiographers and Technologists at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Union minister of health and family welfare JP Nadda on Friday assured his personal intervention in completing pending projects, including creation of trauma centre, F-block and mother and child care centre at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in Chandigarh.

The minister had visited the hospital to inaugurate the two-day National Conference of Indian Society of Radiographers and Technologists at the GMCH. The theme of the conference is “Impact of Trained Radiographers on Imaging and Healthcare”. In his welcome speech, GMCH director Dr Atul Sachdev highlighted a long list of projects that are pending for long as Centre has not extended financial help. “We would like to come on a par with Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), for which we need a full-fledged super-specialty block. We tried to get financial help, but haven’t received it to date. We hope that some grant is given by the Centre for the construction of F-block,” said Dr Sachdev. The director then talked about the overburdened gynaecology department.

“Last year, 6,266 deliveries were conducted and the bed occupancy is 200%. Since we are really short of space and beds, we are planning to construct a dedicated mother and child health centre. Here again, we will require some kind of intervention for construction of the same,” he said.

Highlighting the 10-year-old pending project of trauma centre, Dr Sachdev said, “We had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre to start a trauma centre in Sector 53. Ten acres of land was also allotted for the same, but no further action was taken.”

Home secretary Anurag Agarwal demanded more seats (at least 200) for the Regional Institute of Allied Health Sciences. Out of 1,180 seats at the institute, the UT was given only 20 seats. “The UT administration has earmarked around 10 acres of land for the institute and we will bear 15% of the financial burden. The institute, which is to be constructed by the Centre, is lying stuck as we have demanded more seats,” said the home-cumhealth secretary.

In response, Nadda said, “I assure the director that this hospital will be taken care of. Whatever best possible is needed will be given by the union ministry of health and family welfare.”

Earlier, Nadda released the NCISRT-2015 souvenir and the latest issue of ALARA Informative Pages- India’s First Radiographers’ Magazine. Local MP Kirron Kher and BJP Chandigarh chief Sanjay Tandon were the guests of honour.

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