Himachal government to make IGMC a Premier Health Institution

[lang_en]Shimla: A government spokesperson in a press release said today that Indira Gandhi Medical College is the premier health institution of the State which came into existence in 1966 with intake capacity of 50 MBBS students. Presently 65 students are admitted for MBBS course.

He said that the present Government took the decision on 7th November, 2008 to increase the intake capacity of MBBS students from 65-100 thus fulfilling the assurance as per the policy document of the State govt.

He said that the Post Graduate courses were started in the institution in 1982 but very little efforts was made by the previous Govt. to increase the post graduate seats in different specialties. He said that the Government took the important decision to increase the seats in different specialties from present 39 to 48 along with creation of extra teaching and non-teaching staff as per the requirement of Medical Council of India (MCI).

In last 10 months 96 posts of various categories in IG Medical College, Shimla and 23 posts for Kamla Nehru State Hospital for Mother & Child were created for improved patient care and to fulfill the requirement of MCI for teaching and training.

The Government has filled up 5 posts of Professors, 6 posts of Associate Professors, 15 posts of Assistant Professors and 2 Medical Officers in the different department in IGMC Shimla.

One post of Nursing Superintendent, 13 posts of Matrons, 28 posts of Ward Sisters, one post of Assistant Controller (Finance), 3 posts of Personal Assistants and 2 posts of Clerks were filled up by way of promotion.

100 posts of staff nurses have been filled up through Rogi Kalyan Samiti in IGMC, Shimla. It is for the first time in the last 10 years that a batch of 60 students were admitted to Nursing School on regular basis.

A new course diploma in hearing Language and Speech (DHLS) has been started in Deptt. of ENT with the collaboration of National Institute of Speech and hearing, Mysore with the intake of 20 students.

1000 mA X-ray machine costing Rs 50.50 lacs for Radiology department, equipments worth Rs. 68 lacs for Eye department were installed and made functional in August, 2008. Supply orders worth Rs. 1.20 crore for the purchase of equipments have been placed adding that cases for purchase of equipments worth Rs. 3 crore are under consideration of the Government.

Additional funds have already been allocated for 64 slice C.T. Scan, Echocardiography Machine for Cardiology department and instruments for Super-specialties. In addition Laparoscopic Surgery in the departments of Surgery & OBG cost approx. Rs. 80 lacs have been started.

To improve the teaching and training a new computer lab with 20 computers would be made functional on 10th December, 2008 adding that this will have Broadband connectivity. In addition interactive white board, Laptops and LCD projectors have been provided to different departments worth Rs. 38 lacs.

An auditorium complex which will have the modern Library is under construction and the project is likely to be completed by March 2009 and this work is being executed by J.P. Sewa Sangathan. Funds have been sanctioned for construction of married doctors hostel, the work on this project is starting in this year itself. An additional block for girls hostel in Blessington Estate Shimla is under construction, which will be completed by 2009.

A sum of Rs. 100 lacs has been provided for repair and maintenance of college and Hospital building. A green house having provision for sitting of 100-150 people is being constructed for patients and their attendants at a cost of approximately Rs. 60 lacs.

In addition a sum of Rs 100 lacs been provided for construction of a modern administrative Block. During the financial year 2008-09 a budget of Rs. 5144.16 lacs has been earmarked for IGMC and its associated hospital, he said.

He said that in near future 6 bedded new CCU and 2 modular OTs for emergency and Trauma care will be made functional. The work on these projects is in advanced stage and the private wards are being renovated to make them patient friendly, he said, adding that the Government is working earnestly to make IGMC a centre of excellence.

Image from IGMC website.[/lang_en]

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