The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Shri V.P. Singh Badnore visited GMCH, Sector – 32, Chandigarh today and dedicated a number of facilities to the residents of Chandigarh. He was accompanied by Shri Parimal Rai, Adviser to Administrator & Shri Anurag Agarwal, Home Secretary-Cum-Secretary, Medical Education & Research, U.T. Chandigarh.Panaah, a Sarai Constructed at a cost of Rs.32.00 Lacs by M/s Paul Merchants under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was dedicated to the attendants of patients visiting GMCH. The Sarai has a capacity of 82 beds and is equipped with bed & bedding including separate facilities for males & females. The attendants of the patients will be nominally charged Rs.20.00 per day which will be waived off for poor and BPL patients. Food is also available at a nominal cost of Rs.25.00 per person at the Sarai. With this the current strength of Sarai beds has increased upto 146 as GMCH is already having another fully functional Sarai. The Governor also interacted with the attendants of the patients residing in the Sarai and enquired about the facilities available to them.
The Governor has also dedicated a Computerized Radiography System (CR System) installed in the Department of Radiodiagnosis for the benefit of patients visiting GMCH. This machine produces images of high contrast in less time as compared to conventional radiography.Today a Facility Integrated Anti-Retroviral Therapy Centre (FI-ART Centre) was also inaugurated by the Governor at 5th floor, OPD Area, Block-B in GMCH-32, Chandigarh in collaboration with State AIDS Control Society (SACS), Chandigarh.Prof. Atul Sachdeva, Director Principal of GMCH-32 said that with this GMCH is the only other institution besides PGIMER, Chandigarh to have this facility. This Centre works to improve access of HIV positive patients to ART services, reduce inconvenience, travel distance and at the same time rationalize & optimally utilize the resources available. The centre will stand out as a model centre of HIV treatment, care and support to HIV patients, said Dr. Sachdeva.