Chandigarh: “Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, PGI Chandigarh, was the vision of first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and former Punjab Chief Minister Partap Singh Kairon and it has proven a great boon for patients not only from Punjab but also for all the neighbouring states,” said Punjab assembly speaker Rana K P Singh recently.
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh was the chief guest of the ‘2nd International Conference on Ascites’ organized by the Department of Hepatology at the institute.
Inaugurating the ‘2nd International Conference on Ascites’ organised by the Department of Hepatology at PGI Chandigarh, Rana K P Singh said,” liver diseases are very common nowadays and liver cirrhosis has emerged as a major cause of concern. Cirrhosis is an end-stage manifestation following long and over-consumption of alcohol, use of drugs, hepatitis B and C. “
He expressed hope that the conference would go a long way to find new and easy treatments for complex liver diseases and sensitize people about them.
He said these days the PGI Chandigarh is overburdened and doctors of the institute working beyond their official duty hours. They are providing round the clock best health care to the patients. To overcome this burden, he said, there is an urgent need to further strengthen the peripheral health care system so that PGI Chandigarh doctors can find more time to deal with serious diseases.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had been very kind to this part of the country by giving us state-of-the-art Tata Cancer Centre, which shall be soon functional and will reduce the burden on the PGI Chandigarh Cancer Department, he added.
Expressing happiness over the opening of the institute’s new OPD services at Sarangpur, Rana KP Singh said during the routine meetings with Punjab Governor, he always raised his voice in favour of PGI Chandigarh to provide land to it at the nominal rates.
Patting Prof Virendra Singh, Organizing Secretary of Conference, the Speaker said Prof Virendra has conducted first hand and extensive surveys in Punjab jail inmates on the prevalence of hepatitis and cirrhosis in them. He also trained a large number of PCMS doctors to treat jail inmates and patients across the state. He extended every possible support in doing a more extensive survey and rigorous treatment for cirrhosis patients.