'Project Saarthi' kick starts at PGI

April 19, 2018 08:26 AM

Punjab News Express/Y.S. RANA
CHANDIGARH: ‘Project Saarthi’ a vision of the Chandigarh Administration turned into realty with the launch of four-hour orientation programme was held by the State NSS Cell in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society and PGIMER at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36 on Monday.  Selected volunteers from 11 City colleges have attended the orientation programme. During the programme selected NSS volunteers were apprised of their job, objective and purpose of the project. 

Around 360 NSS volunteers from 11 colleges of Chandigarh were selected for permanent deployment of volunteers to assist the patients on regular basis in PGI. The training was given by the Cell in association with the Chandigarh Red Cross Society and doctors from PGIMER. A ‘NSS Red Cross Patient Help Desk’ has been set up in PGI where NSS volunteers would be put on job two batches each consisting of 10 volunteers from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 12noon to 4 p.m on rotational basis. 

 The volunteers have been told about first-aid, how to handle emergency situation. The volunteers would be deputed in group for two shits. The project will be extended to other hospitals.        

                    The Chief Guest on the occasion was  Ajit Balaji Joshi (IAS), Deputy Commissioner who is the brain behind this idea. The other main guests were Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, NSS, UT, Chandigarh; Dr. Navdeep Sharma, NSS Coordinator, PU, Chandigarh; Dr. Mini Arora, Medical Officer, IRCS, UT, Chandigarh; Dr. Raman Sharma, Assistant Professor, PGI, Chandigarh; Dr. Madhu, Assistant Program Advisor, NSS Regional Directorate and Sushil Tank, Indian  Red Cross Society, Chandigarh.                 

While speaking on the occasion,  Ajit Balaji Joshi shared his idea of the project 'SAARTHI' and he hoped for its success. He also appreciated Dev Samaj College for successfully organizing this orientation programme. Mr Bikram Rana motivated the students and appreciated them for volunteering themselves for this noble cause. He also talked about the objectives of this project. Dr. Mini Arora instructed the volunteers about the Do’s and Don’ts to be kept in mind while serving the patients. Dr. Raman Sharma emphasized the importance of providing psychological support to the patients and their attendants. Mr. Sushil Tank informed the volunteers about different first hand techniques through live demonstrations. 

                       The deputy commissioner conveyed his best wishes to the NSS Cell, UT Chandigarh, IRCS, Chandigarh,  NSS Units of PU, its affiliated colleges and PGIMER volunteers and wished for the project to become a great success. All the volunteers were provided with Guidance Diaries, badges and ID cards.EOM



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