The Government Medical college and hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh organized a two day national conference of Indian Society of Radiographers and Technologists (NCISRT-2015). It was inaugurated by the health minister J P Nadda.
Addressing the gathering, J.P Nadda described GMCH as one of the best hospitals in the country and also his full support for the upgradation of GMCH, Sector 32.
"I can assure full support from my side to the good work which you are doing. For the development of Chandigarh, this pioneer institution has to be taken care of. Going by the amount of pressure (of patients) which is increasing day by day, this hospital needs expansion. For that, whatever financial support is required, it will be taken care of," said Nadda.
UT (Health Secretary) Anurag Aggarwal and Director Principal, GMCH-32, Atul Sachdeva sought Nadda's intervention in a few pending projects of the hospital, including establishment of the Maternal Child Care Hospital, Trauma Centre and Super Specialty block at the hospital.
Nadda said, "Union health ministry was working hard on the projects which are in the pipeline and certainly the best possible support will be given. I assure you my personal intervention."
Addressing radiographers and technologists, the minister said, "When I came here to address you people, I knew that the technologist's part is as important as the doctor's part." He added that there was a shortage of 20,000 radiographers in the country.
Nadda said that there was a scope for development of radiographers. "Annually, 11 lakh cancer patients are detected and five lakh die due to cancer annually. For that, we have started 20 state cancer institutes; we are starting 50 tertiary cancer care units as well. You can see how much scope for development there is for you."
The theme of the conference was "Impact of Trained Radiographers on Imaging & Healthcare" and it was attented by delegates from all over India. Nadda also released the NCISRT-2015 souvenir and the latest issue of ALARA Informative Pages, India's first radiographers' magazine.