City Darpan

April 10, 2021

Physical OPDs suspended at PGIMER from 12th April on wards

Decision taken in view of COVID 19 cases surging at a much faster pace in 2nd wave : Director PGIMER

Chandigarh : April 9 : In the wake of surging Covid-19 cases in and around the city, PGIMER Administration has decided to suspend physical examination of patients at the outpatient departments (OPDs) of the institute from Monday, i.e. 12th April onwards.

The decision was taken in a meeting held today, which was chaired by Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER and participated by administrative heads, departments’ heads and other key functionaries of PGIMER.  

Detailing about the decision Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER stated, “With COVID -19 cases peaking at a much faster rate in the 2nd wave, we have decided to suspend ‘walk-in’ patients at the OPDs fearing transmission of the contagious virus to the patients who are already immuno-compromised and their attendants.”

The Director further clarified as he said, “The Institute is committed to cater to the health needs of its non-COVID patients and the tele-consultation service would continue as per earlier schedules. Rather, the number of lines will be further increased to broad-base the service so as to to meet the consistently increasing demand and accommodate more patients while ensuring their safety with this initiative.”

However, the emergency services at PGIMER will function as usual, the Director added. 

Media Bulletin COVID-19 09-04-2021

COVID-19 has been declared as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by World Health Organization (WHO) under International Health Regulation (IHR).

COVID-19 SituationTotal Lab confirmed COVID-19 casesDeaths due to COVID-19
Global Scenario137,480,34929,15,912
India Situation13,060,5421,67,642
Chandigarh Status29943393

Chandigarh (UT) COVID-19 Status Update:- (RT-PCR)+ (Rapid-Antigen)

Total new positive cases422
Total number of Active Cases       3213
Samples tested in last 24 hours3260
Total number of Samples Tested334548
Total number of Patients found Negative303559
Total number of Patients found Positive29943
# Total number of samples rejected1046
Total number of COVID-19 patient Cured till date26337
Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date        393# #
Total number of samples of Chandigarh whose result is awaited105


  • All figures are tentative and subject to change on receipt of additional information/field verification.
  • The data is as per ICMR COVID-19 Portal UT, Chandigarh.

        #  This figure includes send fresh sample, indeterminate result and sample leaked etc.

        # #This figure includes 6 deaths of COVID positive cases patients due to other reasons.

  1. COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES :- (RT-PCR) & (Rapid Antigen):-
Sector/Village/ColonyNumber of cases
Grand Total (RT-PCR & RAPID ANTIGEN)422
Number of Male232
Number of Female190
  • Discharged Patients:-
  • A total of 320 patients have been discharged including persons from home isolation who have completed 10 days and are asymptomatic, as per MoHFW guidelines.
  • COVID Death:-
  • A 54 year old COVID positive Male R/o Sector 20, a case of Intestinal Obstruction, expired at PGIMER
  • A 44 year old COVID positive Female R/o Burail, a case of Rheumatic Heart Disease and its Complication, expired at PGIMER
  • A 28 year old COVID positive Male R/o Manimajra, a case of Gastric Perforation, expired at GMCH-32.
  • A 65 year old COVID positive Female R/o Sector 23, a case of Hypertension and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus, expired at GMCH-32.

Now the Record of Rights of 23 out of 25 Villages of Chandigarh is available online

Chandigarh.9 April,2021: Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor Punjab and Administrator,UT Chandigarh, inaugurated the Digitized Land Records of Revenue Department, today in presence of Sh.Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Sh.Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Home Secretary, Sh.Mandip Singh Brar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner and other senior officials.
Today with the click of Administrator UT, Chandigarh, the Record of Rights of 23 out of 25 Villages of Chandigarh is made available online. Now, more than 35,000 shareholders can access, check and even download their Ownership Record through any of the three search criteria’s i.e. Owner Name, Khewat No. or Khasra Number, at any location through internet. A link is made available online at Chandigarh Administration website . Now all the record is stored in digital format, it would keep the revenue record updated and put check on any irregularities in it.
Further, the Revenue Record has also been integrated with Sub Registrar Office, UT Chandigarh. This integration would initiate the mutation process automatically after the registration of document at SRO.
Currently, the Records of Rights (RoR) of the revenue land in each Hadbast (village) is maintained in a separate Jamabandi & Mutation register. Up till now, all RoR documents (25 Jamabandi & 25 Mutation registers) are maintained manually by the concerned Patwari of these villages.
Record of Rights/Jamabandi of each village (Hadbast) is required to be updated every 5th year as per Land Record Manual. However the updation of revenue record has been neglected so far for decades in UT, Chandigarh. Consignment of many Jamabandis were pending till now for more than 30 years.

Eat Right Campus initiative led by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, New Delhi aims to promote safe, healthy and sustainable food in campuses such as Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Jail premises etc across the Country

Chandigarh.9th April,2021:Eat Right Campus initiative led by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, New Delhi aims to promote safe, healthy and sustainable food in campuses such as Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Jail premises etc across the Country. The objective is to improve health of people and to promote social and economic development of Country. Eat Right India aims to transform India’s food safety and nutritious environment through a judicious mix of regulatory, capacity building, collaborative and enforcement approaches, thereby protecting and advancing public health and improve the quality of life across all walk of life. As a part of Eat Right India, the Eat Right Campus initiative has been launched for Institutions, Hospitals, Jails etc to support them to ensure safe healthy and sustainable food for the people who spent majority their time in these campuses.FSSAI has created a bench mark on four different parameters on which the campuses are evaluated and certified as Eat Right Campuses. These parameters include food safety measures, step to ensure provision of healthy and environmentally sustainable food and building awareness among individuals in the campus to make the right food choices. A detailed checklist has been created based on these parameters outlining the best practices to be followed by the campus. These practices include mandatory steps as licensing of food services in the campus and compliance of food safety and hygiene standards as per Food Safety Act.The Department of Food Safety & Standards UT Chandigarh with Model Jail authorities enrolled the Model Jail Chandigarh Campus in the said programme, a joint team of Food Safety Department, U.T Chandigarh with Jail authorities conducted pre assessment of food safety & hygiene of the campus and identified the gaps and area of improvement. The Jail Administration took the steps to address these gaps. Training under the Food Safety Programme provided to the inmates working in the kitchen and canteen area, thereafter audit was conducted by the FSSAI empanelled third party Auditing agency and the report of the same was forwarded to FSSAI, GOI for final outcome. The Model Jail Chandigarh on the basis of audit has been declared as India’s first Eat Right Jail Campus.

*Mobile Team Testing Schedule* *10/04/2021*1. *MT no 1*:Bus Stand Sec 17 2. *MT 2* PEC Chandigarh 3. *MT 45* DAV School , Sector 15  4. *MT MM* HWC Mauli jagran and Railway Station 5. *MT 22* : PEC Chandigarh 6. *MT 6* UT Guest House 7. *MT 7* HWC Daria

ROTTO, PGIMER collaborates with Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda to organise First-ever CME on Deceased Organ Donation in GMC Tanda’

 “The solution to bridge the ever widening gap between organ availability and organ requirement in India is possible only through systematic strengthening of the deceased organ donation programme,” stated the Chief Guest, Dr Rajnish Pathania, Director of medical education and research, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh while addressing as the Chief Guest at an impressive CME on Deceased Organ Donation that concluded at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Kangra, Tanda today.

The first ever CME on How to initiate Deceased Organ Donation that witnessed the participation of over 100 delegates physically as well as virtually from various hospitals across the state was organized by Department of General Surgery, Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in collaboration with Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) PGIMER Chandigarh under the aegis of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India

Dr Pathania complimented RPGMC, Tanda for ‘taking forward the national mandate’ and assured them of his full support in giving a boost to the deceased donation programme. He also lauded PGIMER for assuming the role of a mentor to give an impetus to the deceased donation program in RPGMC, Tanda.

As a humble tribute to their selfless sacrifice, the Chief Guest also felicitated three donor families from Himachal Pradesh whose generous gesture despite being confronted with their own tragic loss enabled impacting 13 lives through successful deceased organ transplantation.

The brave-heart families included those of donors Aditya Katoch from Kangra, Varsha Sharma from Hamirpur and Sushma from Una for consenting for Organ Donation amid their own tragedy that impacted 13 lives through Organ Transplantation at PGIMER Chandigarh.

The technical session had a prolific and highly qualified team from PGIMER, Chandigarh who shared their versatile knowledge and hands-on experiences in the domain of organ donation and transplantation.

Detailing about the legal requirements for the implementation of the deceased transplantation programme, Prof. Vipin Kumar Koushal, Addl. Medical Superintendent, PGIMER & Nodal Officer, ROTTO outlined a roadmap which emphasized the need for registration of hospitals as retrieval/transplantation centres, developing adequate infrastructure, training and sensitization of ICU/Emergency Staff, better reporting of brain death cases and the most importantly, public education about the cause. 

While making a presentation on renal transplant surgery shared, Prof. Ashish Sharma, Head, and Deptt. of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGIMER said “Out of 443 cadaveric kidney transplants conducted so far since the inception in 1996, 26 were conducted amid the thick of COVID during the last 10-12 months. It’s a testimony to the success of the cadaveric transplant program and reiteration of faith by the public.”

Prof. Ashish Sharma further highlighted, “PGIMER’s Renal Transplant programme is one of the most prolific transplantation programmes of the country with 4256 renal transplants so far including 3809 live transplants. The department also has to its credit to establish a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant programme in 2014 and has done 26 such transplants so far. 

The participants were acquainted with the management of brain dead donors by Prof Kajal Jain, from Dept of Anaesthesia and Prof Manish Modi from Dept of Neurology made the delegates aware about the dilemmas in determination of brain death.

Dr Sushant Sahu from Dept of Neurosurgery detailed about the certification of brain dead donors whereas Transplant Coordinator Ms Rajinder Kaur, threw light on the process of donor Identification and seeking the consent of the donor family.

Wrapping up the CME aptly, Dr Rakesh Chauhan, Dept of Surgery, RPGMC Tanda said. “The CME was conceived with intent to build up focus on this altruistic cause of organ donation by engaging with medical fraternity from various streams to help boost the donation/retrieval/transplantation activity in RPGMC and thereby, help saving precious lives.”

The technical session was followed by showcasing of a motivational video on the success story of organ recipients in PGIMER which left many in the hall with moist eyes.

A Tragedy Beyond Repair; A Magnanimity Beyond Words

RPGMC felicitates 3 braveheart donor families from Himachal for consenting for Organ Donation amid their own tragedy & impacting 13 lives through Organ Transplantation at PGIMER

It was an extremely emotional moment with every one giving a standing ovation as the three braveheart donor families from Himachal Pradesh were felicitated by Prof. Rajnish Pathania, Director Medical Education and Research, Himachal Pradesh at the CME on Deceased Organ Donation organized at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda in collaboration with Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) PGIMER Chandigarh under the aegis of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India today.

Expressing his gratitude and paying rich tributes to the donors, Prof. Pathania stated, “Words cannot describe the selfless gesture of all the four families. Their spirit of giving has touched every one. We are overwhelmed by their exemplary and altruistic gesture to have taken the decision to save others’ lives despite themselves facing the gravest tragedies. They have taught all of us a lesson in humanity and magnanimity.”

The brave-heart families felicitated on the occasion included those of donors Aditya Katoch from Kangra, Varsha Sharma from Hamirpur and Sushma from Una for consenting for Organ Donation amid their own tragedy that impacted 13 lives through Organ Transplantation at PGIMER Chandigarh.

Donor Aditya Katoch, all of 11 years became beacon of hope for five in-waiting organ and tissue failure patients as his parents’ generous decision of organ donation amid their own grim tragedy gave a fresh lease of life to three terminally ill organ failure patients after the successful transplant of one liver and two kidneys and restored the sight of two more with transplantation of corneas on 26th August 2015 at PGIMER Chandigarh, thereby impacting five lives in all.

Sharing his sentiments on the occasion, Arun Katoch, father of Aditya Katoch stated, “Nothing can console a parent over the death of their child. My son was so adorable, compassionate and creative. He had a 100 watt smile and spring in his feet. A brilliant student of 7th standard of Army Public School, he became the victim of a recklessly driven car that led to his fatal head injury. Who can fight with destiny?”

Arun Katoch further said, “Aditya was rushed to the nearest hospital in an extremely critical condition, but seeing no progress, he was referred to PGIMER. It seemed as if Aditya’s mortal journey was destined to end as the untiring efforts of the attending medical team could not retrieve him from that precarious condition and finally Aditya was declared brain dead following the protocols of THOA after two meetings of the certification committee.”  

“The family took the decision to donate Aditya’s organs so that we save other parents going through this life-long pain of losing their children which is unbearable,” shared the courageous father Arun Katoch.

Recalling the tragedy, the father-in-law of 29 year old donor Varsha Sharma said with moist eyes, “The day started as usual on 27th August 2016. Everyone in the family was busy in their routine chores as usual, completely oblivious of the impending doom till the moment when the wall on which Varsha had climbed to pluck vegetables suddenly crumbled and falling  from the height, she became unconscious. The family immediately rushed her to the local hospital from where she was referred to PGI. However, despite the incessant efforts of the attending doctors, succumbed to her injuries and was declared brain dead on 31st August.

Showcasing exemplary courage and magnanimity, the husband Ajay Sharma did not let the tragic death go in vain and consented for organ donation. Following which, the kidneys and corneas were retrieved from the deceased Varsha, which through transplantation enabled a second lease of life to two patients battling for survival and gave sight to another two, thereby impacting four lives in all at PGIMER Chandigarh.

The tragedy of the sad demise of Sushma is no less painful. It was the fateful day of 30th January, 2019 when 35 years old Sushma, was critically injured after the scooter she was riding collided with a motorcycle on a turn, leaving her with severe head injuries leading to  unconsciousness. Initially admitting her in a local hospital in Una, the family rushed her to PGIMER in an extremely critical condition on the same day.   

However, the ceaseless efforts by the attending doctors and the ardent prayers of the family came to a sudden halt as Sushma could not be revived and subsequently, after following the protocols as per THOA 1994, was declared brain dead on the night of 31st January.    

When it became clear that Sushma would not survive her devastating head injuries,  the brave-heart husband Shamsher Singh along with his courageous brother-in-law Narinder Singh showcased immense grit and consented for organ donation which enabled giving a second lease of life to four with the transplantation of kidneys and corneas at PGIMER Chandigarh.

On the fifth day of the foundation day of the BJP, several party officials and their relatives of the party’s district number 2 got vaccinated for prevention of corona disease

Chandigarh April 9, 2021: On the fifth day of the service week being celebrated on the foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party, several party officials and their relatives of the party’s district number 2 got vaccinated for prevention of corona disease.This information was provided by Ravi Rawat, District General Secretary of the party. He said that the party’s district president Ravindra Pathania today had his wife Tina Pathania, Mahila Morcha state general secretary Neha Arora, Mandal 10 president Duryodhana Rana, general secretary Satish Kumar Tyagi, business cell co-convenor Sanjeev Grover and his wife Seema Grover etc. Vaccination done at dispensary located at Sector 38.On this occasion, the district president also took stock of the arrangements being made by the party workers to help the people coming for vaccination. Party workers were engaged in the service of the people. Arrangements were also made for registration of 2 laptops and chairs for people to sit and water was also properly arranged. District President Pathania talked to the people and told them not to be scared in any way and said that they got the vaccine on April 7 and they are absolutely healthy. On this occasion, he also distributed free sanitizers etc. to the dispensary staff. Free masks were also distributed to those who did not have masks.Satpal Sethi, Chairman of Mandal No. 8 of the party, LC Bajaj, Davindra Chaudhary, Satbir, Rahul, Ruchi Kapoor, Geetika Jain, Rajesh etc. were also present on the occasion.