Lucknow: Headlining the 37th Foundation Day of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Speaking to the august audience present at the occasion, the CM mentioned about the new challenges before the SGPGI regarding commencement of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMSs) in the state next year. Yogi was very clear that the state must be charged up to take up the competition headon.
In most clear cut terms, Yogi said that credibility of SGPGI cannot be compromised with and “The credibility of SGPGI has to be met.”
The CM said that SGPGI and Solar Energy Corporation India Limited have signed an MoU. Under this, an amount of seven crore rupees is being provided to SGPGI. He thanked Solar Energy Corporation India Limited for this.
The saffron clad monk also said that tele-medicine is really needed today. He said one has realized that the usefulness of telemedicine in effectively advancing the country’s fight against Corona.
He further explained that COVID Hospitals were established in every district. Where there were no medical colleges, the district hospital or a vacant building of the state government was developed as a 300-bed COVID Hospital.”
The Chief Minister said that we had also set up command and control centers for each district. During this period, the office of the Chief Minister and the Medical Education Minister worked to communicate with patients, doctors etc. Then we gave the responsibility of medical institutions within the state to SGPGI, KGMU, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) to start virtual ICUs.
The Chief Minister further said that indeed 37 years is a very good time for any institution to prove itself. In this period we can find out what is the direction of the institute, where is the institution going and what is the future ahead of the institute.
Institutes like AIIMS have come to the state now. The field of medical is a field where we can prove ourselves through education, training and research and this was the purpose behind the establishment of SGPGI.
He said that SGPGI also achieved many important achievements during this period. But, somewhere there was this mentality that we should also be equal, now we have to think ahead. SGPGI will have to stand up for new thinking, new competition.
The Chief Minister said that in 2020 SGPGI stands as the most prestigious institution in the state. But, in 2021, two new AIIMS in Uttar Pradesh are going to be fully operational in Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli. With this, BHU Varanasi, an institute equivalent to AIIMS is also being started and we have taken forward the action plan to develop other institutions within the state.
The Chief Minister said that although the work pressure in SGPGI is very high. But, I believe that where there is so much potential.
He said that poor patients should also get the facility of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. They get facilities to patients without recommendation. Organ, liver and heart transplants should have started in SGPGI by now. We have to take fast steps in this direction, otherwise we will fall behind.
From 1947 to 2016-17, only 12 Government Medical Colleges were established in the state. Between 2017 and 2020, we are building 30 new government medical colleges. It can be estimated from how fast the government is working for infrastructure in the state. Advance life support ambulances of all the districts are providing, said Yogi.