Village Rehna, Haryana minority group women celebrate World Population Day

Chandigarh,12.07.18-Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER Chandigarh under the able guidance of Professor Dr Arun Kumar Aggarwal and in collaboration with Swami Devi Dyal College of Nursing, Barwala, District Panchkula celebrated World Population Day in Rehana- a Minority Population dominated village in Raipur Rani block of Panchkula district. A total of forty females in their reproductive age group (15 to 49 years) were educated about the various types of contraceptives available, their effectiveness, side effects, so that the females could make an informed choice of the same. PGI teammates Dr Kanica Kaushal, Senior Resident and Mrs Jagdeep Rana, Multipurpose health worker posted in Village Kheri, counselled women for appropriate contraceptive methods best suited for them. Nursing students under the mentorship of Principal Dr. Saroj Parwez and Miss Kalpana Mohan prepared a skit showing that family life with one or two children is happy and fulfilling, enabling them to do things not otherwise possible within a larger family. Sarpanch of Rehana village Mr Alam gir actively mobilised the community and is keen for further such activities in Rehana.

Taking this collaboration forward, we are planning to conduct sensitisation programmes in the upcoming Nutrition week in the first week of August to create awareness and bring about behavior change in this community.


Launch of Swachh Indira Colony Abhiyan” Fortnight and Key issues in Cleanliness in Colonies

Chandigarh,12.07.18-Urban Health Training Centre along with Public Health Development Society, Indira Colony, a multi-stakeholder committee in the area had launched Swachh Indira Colony Abhiyan in January 2016. Public Health Development Society and other key members of the colony had passed a resolution to achieve ‘Swachh Indira Colony’ by 31st December, 2018. To achieve the same, multiple activities are undertaken. ‘Swachh Indira Colony campaign Fortnight is initiated from 12th July 2018 to 26thJuly 2018. On this occasion, an inaugural function for the launch of the campaign was organised at Govt. High School, Indira Colony on 12th July 2018. Mr Vinod Aggarwal, Deputy Mayor, Dr. J.S. Thakur, Prof, SPH, PGIMER, Dr Arun Bansal SMO, CH, Manimajra, graced the occasion along with key stakeholders of Chandigarh administration, National Service Scheme volunteers, and representatives from local government schools, Anganwadi centres, Local Welfare associations and other key local members in the area.. Dr. Garima Sangwan, Senior Resident posted at UHTC, Indira colony welcomed the guests and the audience. Dr. Thakur talked about the services being provide at UHTC, Indira colony, functioning and role of public health development society, activities undertaken by women skill development and health promotion centre and key activities to be carried out in the fortnight which are cleanliness drives in specified areas in the colony, poster display, and focus group discussion with community members at AWCs and UHTC where women will be counselled about better sanitation solid waste management practices. Public will be educated about keeping their surroundings clean and throw garbage segregated into the wet and dry dustbins. Pamphlets will also be distributed. Mohalla meetings will also be organised periodically to sensitize the community to keep their own surroundings clean.
Fortnightly supervision of randomly selected areas for cleanliness will be undertaken under the campaign. He also stressed upon the need for awareness on dry and wet waste management and encouraged everyone to take part in the activities being undertaken in Swachh Indira colony fortnight. Dr. Gunjan briefed the audience about the history and accomplishments of Swachh Indira Colony Abhiyan. Mr. Vinod Aggarwal talked about Equity in responsibility among the masses and the need for building a 30 bedded hospital in Indira Colony. Pooja Bharti, student of std. nine presented a self-written poem on ‘Swacchta’. Swachh Indira Colony Abhiyan aims to work towards accomplishing the vision of 'Clean India' by 2 October 2019. Success of such initiatives will involve participation of public and public services sector. Women Skill Development and Health Promotion Centre running under UHTC Indira Colony had organised stitching and beautician course of 6 months for development of skills among women and adolescents. Sixty five females from last passout batch were given certificates in today’s inaugural function.


PGIMER Foundation Day- Prof Loic Guillevin to address PGI fraternity
Prof Loic Guillevin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine & Therapeutics, Cochin Hospital, University of Paris Descartes will deliver an address on "The Adventure of Rare Diseases: Care and Clinical Research" to the PGI fraternity during the Foundation Day celebrations on Monday, 16th July, 2018 at 8:00 am in Bhargava Auditorium. Prof Guillevin is also the Coordinator and President of the French Vasculitis Study Group. He is member of several national and international scientific society boards and is involved in several groups of interest on systemic and autoimmune diseases. He was president of the French committee for clinical research and president of the French National Society of Internal Medicine. Prof Loïc Guillevin is Master of the American College of Rheumatology, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), Honorary Fellow of the American College of Physician and Honorary fellow of the European Federation of Internal Medicine. He is member of the French Académie Nationale de Médecine. Prof Loïc Guillevin has published up to 1,200 scientific (38727 Scopus Citation and H Index is 96) and teaching papers and published or participated to several scientific books.

PGIMER completes fifty-five years of its existence and entered the 56th year on 7th July, 2018. Conceived in 1961 with the concurrence of the Planning Commission, the Institute started functioning in 1962. The Institute was formally inaugurated on July 7, 1963 by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Within a short period of 4 years, the PGI was declared as an “Institute of National Importance” by an Act of Parliament on 1st April, 1967 (Act 51 of 1966). The first batch of postgraduates was admitted in January 1963. Approx 100 Senior Residents and 160 Junior Residents have newly joined the Institute in this session. At present PGI has 782 Junior Residents and 311 Senior residents. PGIMER has been the first institute in the country to initiate many DM and MCh courses, as well as the PhD programmes in clinical sciences. These courses are now available in most of the medical, surgical and pediatric super-specialities. The Institute has nearly 490 faculty members, 1100 resident doctors, 2358 nurses and nursing students and 350 PhD and paramedical students.

PGIMER the only Institute of its kind north of Delhi caters to a large number of patients. The hospital has almost 2000 beds and has an OPD attendance of 9000 to 11000 patients (approximately) per day. The number of patients who attended the outpatients’ departments and those admitted for treatment during the last three years is as under:




OPD Attendance








As the enormous number of patients is rising by more than one lac every year, to decongest the present hospital there are various plans to add more number of beds and different type of centres.

· A 250 bedded hospital parallel to Nehru Hospital will be completed by the end of this year.

· OPDs and Trauma Centre will be shifted to the land at Sarangpur.

· Centres like Mother and Child Centre and Neurosciences Centre will be constructed on the campus.

· Satellite Centre at Sangrur will be expanded from the present OPD to a full-fledged hospital.


Parents of 11 Month Old Baby Showcase Exemplary Gesture for Organ Donation

Their Benevolence Saves One Life in PGIMER But Moves Many Hearts

Chandigarh: 12 July: In an exemplary gesture, the parents of an 11 month-old baby from Sector 45, Chandigarh donated his organs, giving a new lease of life to a terminally ill renal failure patient here at PGIMER. This makes the baby the youngest donor in PGIMER’s transplant history so far since the cadaver renal transplant program initiated in 1996.

When the attending doctors broke the news to young parents Geeta and Lakshman that their beloved son Pritam wouldn’t pull through here at PGIMER, they knew they didn’t want his death to be in vain. “It’s something no family should have to go through. We said yes to Organ Donation because we knew this could help some one else and they wouldn’t need to go through the heartache that we were going through. We knew it was the right thing to do,” said the grief stricken but brave-heart parents of angelic Pritam.

Expressing his sentiments at the benevolent act of the donor family, Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER stated, “The latest case of cadaver organ donation is an epitome of humanity and self-sacrifice on many counts; the donor family being originally from Nepal, their resolute spirit to see this transplant through despite braving the loss of their little baby who was yet to celebrate his first birthday; PGIMER’s determined efforts to honor the noble wish of the donor family and even civil society’s wholehearted support for the financially broke and care deprived recipient.“

Further, while commending the efforts of the PGIMER team involved in the process, the Director PGIMER shared, “PGIMER’s team of experts right from neuro-surgeons, pediatricians, intensivists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, complimented by the extended support from testing labs and nursing units, has enabled this rare and landmark transplant within a crunched time frame. But it was not possible to reach this far without the reiteration of faith by the donor family, who always believed that come what may, PGIMER would enable their son to re-live in others. One feels humbled and honored by their trust reposed in the institution’s competence.”

Prof. Ashish Sharma, Head Deptt. of Renal transplant Surgery, PGIMER, detailing about the latest case shared, “The case had its own kinds of challenges. According to organ donation norms for babies under the age of one, two confirmatory tests to declare a baby brain dead must have a gap of 24 hours. So, it was a herculean task for the pediatricians and intensitvists to maintain the donor infant through that time gap. Also, the retrieval process of kidneys demanded extreme deftness and skill to accomplish it successfully. Even, the transplant had its own difficulties as the best matched recipient was an adult so both the kidneys had to be transplanted onto one recipient considering the age factor. But it was the rock solid determination of the donor family that pushed all of us to make it happen.”

It was picture perfect moments for Geeta on 6th July. Her 11 month old cherubic son playing gleefully in his baby cot and she thoroughly enjoying his every gesture, every movement till in a split second, the little one rolled over and fell from the cot. Before Geeta could realize what had happened, her little one had already become unconscious due to fatal head injury.

The family immediately rushed the baby to Govt. Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh from where the case was referred to PGIMER and the infant was shifted here in PGIMER on 6th July itself.

“Incessant attempts to revive the baby proved futile, as Pritam continued to remain on ventilator. Finally, when the doctors called me and my wife Geeta, both of us instantly knew it was terrible news. We can’t blame anyone but our own destiny, “shared Lakshman, the father of donor infant, while trying to come to terms with the dark reality.

Following the consent of the parents, the baby's kidneys were retrieved and transplanted to an adult. Though the first priority was pediatric recipients, however, the cross match identified an adult recipient so both the kidneys were transplanted to the same patient in view of the recipient’s age.

Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER, highlighting the importance of community engagement in Organ Donation, said, “It has been observed that people generally seem convinced about the noble cause of Organ Donation. But when it comes to pledging for Organ Donation, they would put it off to another time. The right time is ‘NOW’. Your one ‘YES’ to organ donation may save many precious lives.”


World Population Day 2018 Celebration

Venue: Urban Health Training Centre, Civil Dispensary Sector 38, Chandigarh

Chandigarh,123.07.18-The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) School of Public Health, doctors observed the World Population day at Urban Training Centre Sector 38, Chandigarh.

Under the guidance of Asst. Professor Dr Kathirvel, Senior Resident Dr Har Ashish Jindal and Multipurpose health worker Ms Rupinder organized the World Population Day in collaboration with Senior Medical Officer, Dr Harjeet Kaur at Civil Dispensary Sector 38. Dr Har Ashish Jindal addressed an audience of 25- 30 individuals and highlighted the significance of world population day with a background of its history in 1989 and the need of population stabilization as we grow in number and reduction in resources.He told that India is 1.3 billion and counting with an area only 17% of the world. He told that population stabilization is the need of this era.

Doctors started with giving an example that planning is important for life,similarlyit is very important to plan your family. They highlighted that today “family planning is a human right” and there are various methods and approaches to do it. The various methods of family planning were enumerated. The demonstration of condom use was done by Dr Har Ashish Jindal andeducated the audience to check for an expiry date, pinch the teet of the condom before use, added benefit in protection against sexually transmitting diseases and proper disposal of condom. Dr HarjeetKaur SMO also urged the promotion of family planning methods on World Population Day.

Dr Har Ashish Jindal also emphasized on the use of injectionbased contraceptives i.e. depot medroxy progesterone acetate(DMPA) which help with “tension free 3 months” for family planning. Ms Rupinder Kaur explained the use of Oral Contraceptive pills and Intrauterine devices for family planning. The benefit of “tension free for 10 years” was told to the audience. The audience were told about a help line number 1800 116 555 for any queries regarding any family planning methods and help them make better choices for them. Furthermore, it was also told that minimum difference between two subsequent pregnancy should be 3 years to benefit and recovery of the mother’s health from the previous pregnancy.

The audiences were very participative and asked question on permanent methods of family planning. It was asked by the audience does vasectomy lead to weakness in men and Doctors explained that this is a myth and vasectomy is a safe procedure and does not reduce strength to do work or sexual activity among males.

The UHTC team addressing the participants