A brief report on Visit of DG ICMR Dr V.M. Katoch to BMHRC on 10.10.2013
Following a warm welcome by Professor Manoj Pandey at the airport Dr V M Katoch , Secretary Department of Health Research and Director General ICMR arrived at Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre on 10.10.2013. He was accompanied by Shri. T. S. Jawahar, IAS, Senior DDG ICMR, Mrs. Dharitri Panda, Senior Financial Advisor, ICMR, Dr. D.K. Shukla, Scientist ‘F’ and Head (NCD), ICMR, Dr. V.K. Vijyan, Advisor to DG ICMR, BMHRC & NIREH, Miss Meesha Chaturvedi, Scientist ‘B’ (NCD), ICMR, and Prof. Manoj Pandey, Director, BMHRC. After a brief discussion with the director BMHRC and other officers accompanying him, he proceeded to the mini unit no 7 situated right next to the BMHRC main hospital campus. He was welcomed by the students of nursing and paramedical colleges and various other members of the BMHRC family including senior faculty and staff. He inaugurated the ‘Karmachari Swasthya Kendra’ , The ‘employee health centre’ to be started with a purpose to be the provider of choice for health care and health information for employees and staff from all categories at BMHRC and its mini units including students. The centre is to be an important source of health services including the obstetrical and gynecology, orthopedics and general medicine as an integral part of the institute mission for health care of employees.
The next important part of the visit was inauguration of the new casualty block reconstructed with the aim to improve the health care of gas victims and patients attending BMHRC emergency unit. The bed strength has been increased from 3 beds to 7 beds to endeavor to provide medical care (including investigation, diagnosis & immediate treatment) at the earliest possible time.
Inauguration of casualty block was followed by the inauguration of important aspects of functioning of any institute namely ‘examination cell’ and ‘vigilance cell’. Examination cell has been established with the infrastructure suitable for the purpose of conducting examinations, valuation of answer scripts and declaration of results for maintenance of standards and transparency in the growing institute with the promise to become educational hub for medical science. The vigilance cell is an equally important area to handle the vigilance matters concerning the institute to ensure probity and integrity in public administration. It is considered as an extension of Central Vigilance Commission for the purpose of exercising check and supervision on vigilance and anti-corruption work.
In the presence of Dr V.M. Katoch along with all senior officials from ICMR, BMHRC was vibrant with a new atmosphere of unity and commitment towards patient care. In an extremely serene and pious environment farewell of the outgoing director Brig Dr K K Maudar was organized at the auditorium of BMHRC where DG ICMR was the chief guest. The programme comprised of floral welcome of all the guests, a welcome address by the Director BMHRC quoted with warmth and personal touch, audiovisual presentation of the persona and life stories of the dignitaries. The programme also included the welcome of the current director Professor Manoj Pandey. The ceremony also included memento presentation by the DG ICMR, Dr. V.M. Katoch to the outgoing Director and the other dignitaries present. The audience was appraised of the data showing recent betterment in patient care at BMHRC. The highest bed occupancy reached in September 2013 was upto 61%. The OPD attendance of patients at BMHRC has increased by 23% from June 2013 till September 2013 and there has been a 26 % increase in admissions of patients from June 2013 till date. DG ICMR also presented a token of appreciation to Head of the Department Urology for more than 100 % bed occupancy achieved.
The Director General of ICMR also addressed the employees and one and all present in the auditorium reassuring them of the ICMR commitment to create environment of happiness and excitement to take the institute to the road of progress. In a speech rendered with emotions he reminded of the turn around of events leading to take over of BMHRC by the ICMR. He also remembered the sensitivity of the Bhopal Gas tragedy and the feelings with which the victims should be managed. “With tragedy comes the renaissance, the zeal of the new and the work done by the old along with understanding of public expectations will definitely bring the renaissance” Dr Katoch said. He said that the problems will be positively dealt with and the ICMR head quarter and the ministry is committed to resolve the issues with efforts based on truth. The expectations should not over power the duties and commitment and should not cause problems to the objectives and mission of BMHRC. He shared his vision of BMHRC that the change will take the institute forward with greatly motivated team and the institution will grow to the greater heights and prayed for all to move ahead with the institute with great pride. The programme concluded with high tea with interaction of the employees with the dignataries.
Later in the evening Dr Katoch also joined the employees and their families along with other officers and the director, BMHRC at the Garba celebrations in the campus.
As a conclusion to the visit of DG ICMR, a farewell dinner hosted by the DG ICMR in honour of the outgoing Director Brig Dr K K Maudar was well attended by dignitaries, faculty and officers along with their families.