committed to restore the pristine glory of Amritsar Medical College
AMRITSAR, JANUARY 31, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced
that the prestigious Amritsar Medical College would be upgraded
as one of the most modernized Medical Institutions in the Country
since this premier medical institution had a glorious legacy spanning
over 116 years.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating Rs. 26 crore Guru
Ramdas Centre for Emergency, Trauma and Multi-speciality block
of Amritsar Medical College, Mr. Badal said that it was the matter
of great honour and pride for all of us that this Medical College
had produced eminent doctors and surgeons who had won accolades
through their professional skills and acumen in the field of medicine
and surgery not within the country but also across the globe.
Mr. Badal pointed out that the entire medical college would be
given face lift by adding new blocks to existing ones, installing
new medical equipment and strengthening the manpower. He emphasized
the need to reverse the trend of preferring Private Medical Institutions
over Government Institutions, this could only be achieved by reposing
confidence and faith amongst the public through better service,
caring and sense of belongingness.
The Chief Minister further said that the State Government had
embarked upon an ambitious programme to upgrade all the three
Govt. Medical Colleges at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot in a
phased manner. He said an amount of Rs. 200 had been earmarked
for strengthening the infrastructure Govt. Medical College Amritsar
and Guru Gobind Singh Govt. Medical College at Faridkot, in first
phase and Medical College at Patiala would be taken up there after.
Responding to the demands put forth by the medical fraternity,
Mr. Badal announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the computerization
of Library. He also directed the Principal of the Govt. Medical
College to extend the working hours of the library after 5 p.m.
till mid night. Mr. Badal also asked the Directorate of Medical
Education and Research to immediately move a comprehensive proposal
for sending bright medical graduates for pursuing higher studies
abroad in the field of specialization of their choice at government
expanse. He said that this initiative of the government would
go a long way in the direction to achieve higher standard of medical
education and excellence at par with International Medical Institutions
of repute. He also announced to set up a nursing college within
the premises of local medical college as an integrated development
and extension programme of the Amritsar Medical College.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the holy city of Amritsar
would be soon developed as one of the most developed cities in
the world as it had a tremendous potential for religious tourism
but at the same time it could be developed as the most preferred
destination for medical tourism being an upcoming medical hub
in South East Asia.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Tikshan Sood, Medical Education
and Research Minister Punjab revealed that an action plan for
the strengthening of Amritsar Medical College has been prepared
which will cater all the aspects of Medical Education and Research.
Moreover, Eye-Banks would be registered in all the three medical
colleges of Punjab and soon 75 eye collections centres would be
set up statewide. "The Medical Directorate for Ayurveda and
a University for Ayurveda is also on cards", he added. He
claimed that in a short span of time all the institutes associated
with medical education and research would be rejuvenated.
Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament said that it was a
red letter day in the history of Amritsar and with the upgradation
of local Medical College people of the region would be immensely
benefited through the available diagnostic and therapeutic services.
In his address Deputy Chairman Planning Board Prof. (Doctor)
J.S. Bajaj said that merely erecting buildings would not serve
any meaningful purpose until these were dedicated to some eminent
personalities who made outstanding contribution to redeem the
mankind, to achieve this objective, we have planned to name the
upcoming mother and child care unit as Bebe Nanki Centre, Block
for Imaging and Diagnostic Services as Guru Teg Bahadur Block,
Drug Dependence Treatment Centre as Swami Vivekananda Centre.
He also urged the doctors not to compromise with the professional
ethics and to work zealously with missionary zeal for the welfare
of ailing humanity.
On the occasion, Mr Badal released the souvenir of Amritsar
District Branch of Indian Red Cross Society and also the concept
plan for the modernization of local medical college prepared by
the Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation.
Later, addressing the media persons Mr. Badal said that the
State Government was contemplating to raise a dedicated fund to
the tune of Rs. 400-500 crore for the free treatment and care
of the poor patients in the State. He said he was fully alive
to the situation that most of the people in the rural areas were
living in penury and costly treatment for the ailments like cancer,
heart disease etc. were beyond their means.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were Mr. Sital
Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Medical Education and Research,
Mr. Anil Joshi, MLA, Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Dr. Baldev Raj
Chawla, Former Health Minister Punjab, Jathedar Bhai Manjit Singh,
Mr. Jagjit Puri, Secretary Medical Education and Research, Dr.
Jagdish Gargi, Principal Medical College and Dr. J.S. Dalal, Director
Medical Education and Research.
DEPARTMENT TO SET UP ULTRA
MODERN DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC LABS- GULZAR SINGH RANIKE
Chandigarh, 31 January:
With a view to making Punjab a disease free zone, the department
has finalized some new projects for timely detection of disease
and its proper control in the livestock including cows, buffaloes,
sheep, goat, pig and poultry. Dr. B.S.Sidhu, Director, Animal
Husbandry informed that the livestock sector has vast potential
of growth and can play pivotal role in t economy of the state.
As the agriculture sector has already reached a saturation point,
the growth rate is not increasing much. The livestock sector especially
in case of dairy animals like cows and buffaloes and the poultry
sector, the existing growth rate is 8-10 % and it has a potential
of doubling in the next five years provided it gets the required
support from the government and the stakeholders. Dr. Sidhu explained
that a large number of animal diseases like FMD, HS used to cause
huge economic losses to the livestock owners every year. With
the extensive vaccination programmes and timely detection of diseases
have to be eradicated. This willed to enchance productivity and
also boosts the export of livestock and livestock products to
the developed countries.
The department proposed to set up one Residue Analysis Laboratory
at Regional Disease Diagnostic Lab. Jalandhar at a total cost
of Rs. 37.00 lac. This was disclosed by S. Gulzar Singh Ranike,
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development, Sports, Youth
Services, SC & BC Welfare Minister. He said that dangerous
levels of pesticides and antibiotics have been detected in the
milk, meat and other products obtained from the animals consuming
green fodder and drinking water having high concentration of these
residues. This affects the animals health as well as the human
health badly. A large number of cases of malicious poisoning and
fodder poisoning are ported invariably. The State level Residues
Analysis Lab. will help in timely and accurate detection of pesticide
residues in the fodder, feed, milk, meat etc.
Mr. Ranike further said that there is also a proposal to set
up 20 disease diagnostic labs at block level every year for the
next five years. Each lab will cost about Rs. 6.00 lac. These
labs will have facilities for testing of blood, urine, milk, fecal
material and morbid samples. The farmers will not have to travel
long distance to the sub divisional labs or polyclinics at the
district level for routine testing of samples. He said that this
network of labs is being set up from the funds sanctioned for
the department by the GOI scheme, namely, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas
Yojana during the current year.