To promote indigenous biomedical instruments, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is planning to start a biomedical instrumental hub. Here, experts from medicine and industry will come together to develop instruments used in the medical field.
PGIMER had constituted a core committee two years ago under the chairmanship of Dr GD Puri, and shortlisted 12 projects under biomedical instrumentation, for which experts had asked for at least Rs 15 crore from the department of science and technology (DST).
PGI is working in this direction for quite a long time. For instance, the department of gastroenterology has invented a special kind of needle used in surgery, the paediatrics department has come up with equipment for handicapped children, and anaesthesia department has come up with some equipment.
If all goes well and the institute gets a grant from the DST, the hub will become functional in another six months. With it, the PGIMER will become the only medical institute in North India to have taken a lead in making indigenous medical instruments.
PGIMER officials say that they have got in-principle nod from the DST and are waiting for official communication.
“Department of science and technology’s endeavour is to encourage indigenous medical equipment, which constitute quite a major part of import,” said Dr GD Puri, head of anaesthesia department, PGIMER.
To meet the demand, DST has started a hub in South India, wherein they have given money for 10-15 projects to Anna University. The project involves coordination from local and surrounding industry.
“There was nothing of that sort in the North. So, we requested DST that there should be a centre which should act as a platform having basic knowledge capabilities, facilities for research and testing biomedical instruments, said Dr Puri.
“There are so many people who are using biomedical instruments in their labs for research purposes but were never accepted by the clinicians as they were never involved in the coming up of those instruments. So here, doctors will be involved to know the kind of products they want. At the same time, whatever product is invented with the help of the industry, it can be tested easily in the medical institute,’ said Dr Puri.