Punjab to open new medical colleges, says Brahm Mohindra

January 30, 2018 03:37 PM

Punjab News Express
MOHALI: Punjab Health and Medical Education Minister Brahm Mohindra here today announced that the Punjab government would open new medical colleges soon to overcome the shortage of doctors in the State.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the 2nd National Conference on “Neuro-Socio-Psycho Rehabilitation” organised by the University School of Medical and Allied Sciences of Rayat Bahra University.

Mohindra said that in the last 60 years no new government medical college had been opened in Punjab and some of the private medical colleges had closed down. This had resulted in steep fall in number of medical seats and had further added to be problem of shortage of doctors in the State.

The health minister also announced that trauma centres would be set up on national and state highways in punjab where specialist doctors would be available to provide timely specialized medical treatment to road accident victims and thus save precious human lives.

Inaugurating the National Conference organised in collaboration with PGIMER Chandigarh (Department of Otolaryngology and Head neck surgery, Dept. of Neurosurgery), South Asian Behavioral Health Foundation (SABH), USA and National Rehabilitation Institute (NRI), Chandigarh, Mohindra said rehabilitation of the post-head injury patients was an area of concern and there was urgent need to address the neurological, sociological and psychological deficits of these patients to bring them back to normal life.

Mohindra said that it was estimated that nearly 1.5 to 2 million persons were injured and one million succumb to death every year in India. Road traffic injuries were the leading cause (60 per cent) of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) followed by falls (20 per cent to 25 per cent) and violence (10 per cent). Alcohol involvement was known to be present among 15per cent to 20 per cent of TBIs at the time of injury.

The Minister said as the incidence of head injury had increased due to increase in the number of road traffic accidents, there were a huge number of such patients who otherwise become bed ridden and crippled after head injury. There is need to rehabilitate their neurological, sociological and psychological deficits to bring them back to normal life.

Mohindra said the second focus would be on the rehabilitation of deaf and mute patients who cannot hear the beautiful voices of the nature. There were 20-30 per cent deaf people in our country. This huge number needed rehabilitation for making an educated and wise society.

The Minister lauded the management of the Rayat Bahra Group of Institutions saying that the institutions being run by the Group had very good infrastructure and facilities manned by qualified and competent faculty. He said he was happy with the growth of the Group in a matter of years.

Gurvinder Singh Bahra, Chairman of the Rayat Bahra Group of Institutions and Chancellor of the Rayat Bahra University, welcomed the Health Minister and highlighted the team work at Rayat Bahra Group towards delivering quality education and said the Group was always striving for more and more achievements in terms of various awards already earned in terms of academic excellence and holistic growth of students to become trained professionals besides responsible citizens of the country.

Over 150 delegates from all over north region attended the conference. Doctors from Mysore, Karnataka, New Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh (PGIMER Chandigarh, GMCH Chandigarh, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Chandigarh etc) participated in the deliberations.

Dr Neena Mehta, Dean of the University School of Medical and Allied Sciences and Conference Chairperson, started the proceedings with a warm welcome to the attending delegates.

Dr V. Rihani, Vice-Chancellor, Rayat Bahra University, speaking on the occasion expressed optimism that the deliberations at the conference would go a long way in helping in rehabilitation of head injury patients.

He lauded the efforts of Dr Neena Mehta, Dean of the University School of Medical and Allied Sciences and Conference Chairperson, and her team along with Dr Harmesh Kumar, President SABH Foundation, USA, in organizing the conference.

Dr MK Tiwari, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Secretary Neurological Surgeons' Society of India (NSSI), delivered the keynote address.

Dr OP Midha Registrar RBU,Dr Jaimanti Bakshi, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr SL Harikumar, Dean, Academics, Rayat Bahra University, Mohali, Dr Chander K Sarin, Director Principal, Rayat Bahra College of Nursing, and Dr Dharamvir, Dept. of Speech and Hearing, PGIMER, Chandigarh, were the chairpersons at some of the technical sessions.


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