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PGI Takes Lead in Country

The Post Graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, PGI for short, on Tuesday become the first medical institute in the country to provide stents and Orthopaedic implants at cheaper than market rates for the benefit of patients.

Secretary Health and Family Welfare in the Union Government, C.K. Mishra, launched the new facility of providing orthopaedic implants to the patients at rates significantly reduced from prevailing market price at the AMRIT Pharmacy, at PGI’s Nehru Hospital. Stents are already available at reduced rates in the pharmacy.

Mishra handed over the implants to two patients at the Pharmacy in the presence of PGI Director Dr. Jagat Ram. He was accompanied from Delhi by Joint Secretary in the ministry Arun Singhal and Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor Vijaya Srivastava.

PGI Takes Lead in Country, Lifeinchd

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On an initiative by the PGI Administration, suppliers have been convinced to provide Amrit Pharmacy these implants at reduced rates. Henceforth, arthroplasty implants of all international brands will be available at reduced rates at the PGI pharmacy. For greater transparency, the rates are prominently displayed at the pharmacy.

Here to attend the Standing Finance Committee meeting of the premier institute, Mishra was presented an overview of the Institute and its planned Sarangpur extension project, which is to house among other facilities the hugely overcrowded OPDs and Trauma Centre. The Union Health Secretary also interacted with Heads of Departments and faculty of the institute and took a round of the Trauma Centre, Emergency Complex, Nehru Hospital, Advanced Eye Centre and Advanced Cardiac Centre to get a firsthand experience.  He directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to complete the under construction 250-bedded hospital by the end of the year.
Appreciating PGI’s contribution as a premier hospital and public institute, Mishra also recognized the excellence of PGI doctors in research, education and patient care. Describing them amongst the best in the country, he hoped that they will contribute new ideas in improving the general health care system in the country.

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