Makeover for RML: 300 new beds, hi-tech labs
In mid-August, central Delhi's Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital will get a 300-bed new emergency block, including 54 ICU beds and three operation theatres.
"Due to the central location of our hospital, we get a large number of accident cases every day. The new emergency block will help reduce the problem of bed shortage in times of emergency," said Dr TS Sidhu, Medical Superintendent, RML, on the occasion of the foundation day of the hospital's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Monday.
Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad awarded post-graduate and super-specialty degrees and diplomas to the first batch of 30 medical students, who passed out from the institute last year.
From 30 seats in the first batch in 2008, the institute currently offers 126 seats in various post-graduate and super-specialty disciplines.
The hospital will be redeveloped under the 12th Five Year Plan that will be completed in two phases.
"There's a proposal for a super-specialty block within the premises. It will have a cancer care unit, with medical, surgical and radiation oncology services. Paediatric cardiology will be added to the cardiac care unit and a facility for organ donation and transplant will also be added," said Azad.
The research institute will also undergo expansion, with advanced molecular lab for high-end research and simulation lab for hands-on experiences for doctors proposed in the list.
"The PGIMER will be a centre for excellence for modern education and meaningful research,” said Dr Sidhu.
"To fill the demand for faculty, we are taking in doctors with super-specialty degrees and working on allowing NRI doctors to be able to go for private practice. However, 99% of these 30 doctors, who I asked whether they'd want to go back to their home state to practice, said no. We need to change that attitude and upgrade facilities in the rural areas," Azad added.