Shaken by the protest of senior doctors, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, administration has set the ball rolling for coming up with a new modern modular operating theatre complex.
The existing main operating theatre of the institute located in Nehru Hospital was built 50 years back and no significant change had happened since then. According to sources in the PGIMER administration, on Tuesday, director Dr YK Chawla held a meeting with surgeons and officials from engineering wing of the institute; which was also attended by UT’s chief architect Kapil Setia.
The institute had initially shortlisted four locations, but now have zeroed in on a space between nursing hostel and Nehru Hospital. Sources said even the drawings of the operating theatre are being finalised and it will be a state-of-the-art facility.
Around three years back, the doctors had just sedated a patient for surgery inside Nehru Hospital’s main operating theatre, when lights came down crashing. The promptness of the staff present saved the patient’s life.
Last year, the PGIMER performed around 2-lakh surgeries. In break-up, around 40,000 major and 1.47 lakh minor surgeries were performed. The number has witnessed a steep surge in the past five years. In 2010 with 32,000 major and 70,000 minor surgeries, the institute had performed a little more than 1 lakh surgeries. In the past five years, the number of surgeries has witnessed around 20% surge annually.
Significantly, during the latest protest, the Faculty Association of PGIMER demanded that the OT complex be renovated and unanimously decided that the place for the same should be identified and appropriate budgetary allocations made on priority.