The Week-Nielsen Survey 2017 ranks PGIMER second best in medical education, research and patient care.

Chandigarh,21.11.17-PGIMER has been judged as the second best for medical education, research and also multispeciality patient care amongst fifteen best Institutes in India. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi stands first. As a hospital PGIMER once again stands second best amongst the top fifteen multi-speciality hospitals in India and also having second best research facilities by The Week-NIELSEN BEST HOSPITALS SURVEY 2017 published in The Week.  The cover story of the latest issue (November 26, 2017) of the weekly magazine THE WEEK is about INDIA’S BEST HOSPITALS.  Amongst the best hospital specialities PGIMER stands second in Pulmonology ; third in Diabetic Care, Gastroenterology and Neurology. Specialities of Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics are fourth and Cardiology and Ophthalmology are eighth. The Hospital is also the second best public hospital in the North Zone of the country.

City-wise amongst eleven best multi-speciality hospitals in Chandigarh, PGIMER is first, Government Medical College & Hospital is second, Ivy Group of Hospitals is third, Max Hospital is fourth and Fortis Hospital Mohali is fifth. Other hospitals taken into account are Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Mayo Hospital, Mukut Hospital and Heart Institute, Alchemist Hospital Panchkula, Indus Hospital Mohali and Inscol Hospital.


The Week-Nielsen Best Hospitals Survey 2017 was conducted among specialists and general practitioners from 18 cities in October.  The average experience of respondents- general practitioners and specialists was 16 years.  City-wise sample size - Ahmedabad (114), Bangalore (121), Bhopal (125), Bhubaneswar-Cuttack (twin cities considered as a single entity in the survey :122), Chandigarh (120), Chennai (85), Coimbatore (120), Delhi-NCR  (120), Hyderabad (123), Indore (128) Jaipur (121), Kochi (118), Kolkata (120), Lucknow (121), Mumbai (125), Nagpur (121),  Pune (123) and Thiruvananthapuram (108).


The doctors were asked to rank :

·         Top five multi speciality hospitals at all-India level and at zonal level.

·         Top five multi-speciality hospitals and critical-care hospitals in their cities.

·         Top five hospitals in their respective specialities.

·         Top five institutes for medical education in India as well as in their respective zones

·         Top five hospitals in terms of research facilities and outputs.

 Vital parameters for selecting multispeciality hospitals were : competency of doctors (such as years of experience),  infrastructure of the hospital, patient care, hospital environment, innovation in treatment and the accessibility of the hospital. 



A MCI sponsored seminar was organized by School of Public Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gyanecology, PGIMER, Chandigarh on


“Sharing experiences and findings of PhD research work on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Needs of Women with Disabilities (WWD) to sensitize various stakeholders on this issue”


Chandigarh,21.11.17-Women with disabilities encounter a range of barriers when they attempt to access health care. Especially Women with Disabilities (WWD) are marginalised from Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues. They face numerous challenges in accessing optimum SRH services. These challenges include socio-cultural, political, economic and structural factors. Prohibitive costs, lack of availability of appropriate services (and equipment), attitude of health service providers and physical access to health facilities are the other issues which need solution. It has been documented in World Report on Disability 2011 thatinaccessible environments create disability by creating barriers to participation and inclusion.


A number of other factors interact at a societal and medical level to deny Women with Disabilities sexual and reproductive health. It is often perceived by health professionals and wider society that disabled women are devoid of sexual needs and wants and therefore do not require information on sex and sexuality. The attitudes of health professionals, family members and the wider social network play a role in constraining disabled women's reproductive rights. Negative attitudes held by family and community members to disabled women can prevents them from seeking SRH services. Negative attitudes held by health professionals towards disabled women also represent a major barrier to disabled women accessing SRH services.


Realizing that most OBG services in hospitals still lack in terms of good disabled friendly design and facilities, a serious concern for the matter is needed to ensure justice to WWDs. This is likely to be strengthened only when stakeholders realise that the same features that benefit WWDs also benefits many others including pregnant and aged women. Hence, there is definite need to explore the opinion of various stake holders regarding status and scope of disabled friendliness of Gynaecology OPD/Ward services in hospitals.To bring together various experts in field of disability a ICMR sponsored seminar entitled“Sharing experiences and findings of PhD research work on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Needs of Women with Disabilities (WWD) to sensitize various stakeholders on this issue” on 21st November 2017 at Auditorium-Advanced Eye Centre, 2-5 pm.


Dr.Amarjeet Singh (Professor) was Organising Secretary to this Seminar. Dr Vanita Suri (Professor-Obstetrics and Gyanecology Department) and Dr. Ruchi Sharma (Research Scholar) from School of Public Health were Convener and Co-convener to the seminar respectively. Dr. Ruchi, Dr.Garima, Dr.Alka, Dr.Risha, Dr.Pushkarfrom School of Public Health and andDr.Purnima from Panjab University co-ordinated the activities of the seminar under supervision of the organisers.


Dr.Vanita Suri (Head-OBG and organising secretary) inaugurated the sessions followed by lectures from the experts. Speakers included Dr. Surya Bali (Additional Professor-AIIMS Bhopal), Mr. AK Dua (Retd. Deputy- Director, Central Social welfare department), Mr. JS Jayara (Principal-Institute for the blind), Dr.Sukhpal Kaur (Lecturer-NINE, PGIMER), Dr.Abhik Ghosh (Professor, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh). There was also ainformative quiz organised by Dr.Risha.


Approximately, 100 participants from OBG department, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy Department and NINE,PGIMER attended the seminar. Audience was also present fromGMSH-16, GMCH-32, Chitkara Institute of nursing, Saraswaticollege of nursing, centre for Public Health- Panjab University, Chandigarh. Audience also included disabled persons from various NGOs and other associations. Lecture of expert speakers was followed by interactive discussion with the audience.

This initiative will help work towards removing barriers and making existing health care systems more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Opinions of target group i.e. Person with disabilities/WWDs will help identify gaps and priorities to reduce health inequalities and plan improvement for access and inclusion. This seminar will act as an advocacy mechanism for the cause of SRH needs of WWDs through discussion among OBG and other experts on this issue. This seminar is expected to ensure ears to health needs of disabled women.