Rodrigues inaugurates telemedicine project in GMCH

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Chandigarh, Feb 16 (UNI) Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen (Retd) S F Rodrigues today launched a telemedicine project at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here.

Delivering his inaugural address, General Rodrigues appreciated the initiative and asked the director of the hospital to take steps to link the five polyclinics set up in the Union Territory with the project to help the doctors and patients for managing clinical problems.

He also told them to link local colleges and schools with this telemedicine facility in a phased manner to educate the students about basic healthcare practices through interactive sessions addressed by the experts and specialists of different faculties.

He asked the management of the college to strengthen the physiotherapy processes and procedures through modern technological advancement.

Interacting with PGI director Dr K K Talwar through Telecommunication network, General Rodrigues complemented him for linking GMCH with PGI through the facility and asked him to further streamline the systems by increasing the outreach with the focus on rural areas and urban slums.

He told the director that the PGI, being an institute of national character, should concentrate on healthcare and research work and the remaining primary and secondary level operational services should be the responsibility of UT hospitals.

GMCH director principal Dr Raj Bahadur in his welcome address said this telemedicine facility would be helpful in providing best health care to the patients in the hospital.

He said it would also help the faculty members in keeping abreast with latest developments in different areas of healthcare system. The project will involve academic interaction through which excellent academic activities going on in PGI would be made available to the faculty and the students of GMCH, he added.

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