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PG Institute at RML to boost medicare, research

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NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, has said that the proposed Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at the centrally located Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here would go a long way in improving the quality of medical care and research in the Capital which has only four medical colleges.

"This institute will come up in about two years time and will benefit a large number of people in Delhi. The Government decided to utilise the infrastructure, space and expertise of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital to increase the number of post-graduate medical seats and improve the quality of medical care and research. The institute will produce specialists and super-specialists for the country, besides conducting pertinent research in various fields of medicine,'' Dr. Ramadoss said after laying the foundation stone of the proposed institute within the RML Complex this past week.

Spread over an area of four acres, the PGIMER building, estimated to cost about Rs. 43 crores will have research labs, hostels, library, seminar rooms with audio-visual presentation facility. The Institute would offer 49 post-graduate seats and 20 post-doctorate seats year in various specialities like cardiology, nephrology, gastroentrology, neurology, endocrinology, neuro-surgery, paediatric-surgery, burns and plastic surgery and urology.

The Medical Superintendent of the RML Hospital, N.K. Chaturvedi, said additional post-graduate courses and supporting research activities would definitely boost the overall performance of the hospital. About 116 additional posts in various categories would also be created when PGIMER became functional. Set up in 1954, RML Hospital has grown to become a 1000-bed Centrally-funded hospital providing services in almost all major specialities and many super-specialities. Chosen by the WHO to be developed as a model health promoting hospital, the first of its kind in India, RML Hospital caters to two-lakh emergency patients and 12-lakh outdoor patients annually. In addition, the hospital conducts 250 cardiac surgeries, 560 neuro-surgeries every year. After the December 13, 2001 terror strike on Parliament House, the hospital was also developed as a specialised trauma centre.

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