PGIMER organises Post Discharge Follow Up Consultation for COVID Warriors on New Year Day

COVID Warriors salute ‘resilience’ & ‘self-les service’ of PGIMER

Chandigarh : 1 January : Coinciding with the spirit of hope and positivity of the New Year, PGIMER took another step forward as the Institute organised Post Discharge Follow Up Consultation, an initiative to address the post COVID medical & psychological issues of COVID Warriors at NHE, the dedicated COVID hospital here at PGIMER today.

Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and other dignitaries marking their personal presence included Prof. G.D. Puri, Dean (Academics) & Head, Deptt. of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Mr. Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, Deputy Director Administration, Mr Kumar Abhay, Financial Advisor, Prof. Ashok Kumar, Acting Medical Superintendent & Official Spokesperson, Prof. Ashish Bhalla & Prof. Pankaj Malhotra from Deptt. of Internal Medicine, Prof. Mini P Singh, Deptt. of Virology, Senior faculty, resident doctors, nursing officers, technical staff of COVID-19 team. 

Addressing the audience, Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER said, “The COVID pandemic has taken a heavy toll on human health and lives, but it has also provided PGIMER an unprecedented opportunity to rise above the occasion, to demonstrate our extraordinary capacity for hard work and innovation; competence and courage as well as to serve as a mentor institution for this part of the country.” 

Prof. G.D. Puri, Dean (Academics),who is spear-heading the COVID initiative in PGIMER, credited the success to team work as he said, “It is indeed extremely gratifying to see all the teams from different specialties in PGIMER working in tandem to face this big challenge and being instrumental in saving so many lives.”

The high point of the event was the presence of those 20 spirited COVID Warriors accompanied by their families and friends, who had fought hard and won their battle against COVID. They included Mr. Dharam Pal Garg (73);Mr. Manoj Kumar (42); Mr. Gurdeep Singh (65); Mr. Sanjay (40); Mr. Anil Kumar (42); Mr. Chaman Lal (63); Ms Leena Sagar (61); Mr Subhash Chander (70); Mr. Hem Raj (73); Mr. Rahul Aggarwal (43); Mr.Poonam Rani (57); Mr Madan Mohan (85); Dr Mohit Bansal (36); Ms Rekha Rani (50); Rajiv Tangri (62), Kajal Kumar,  Dr Kapil and Mr. Arun Sood, President Chandigarh BJP.   

Though ranging in the age bracket of thirties to eighties, and coming from different backgrounds, what united the was their tough fight with COVID, their hard days in ICU, their moments of tribulations and triumph and their emotional and moving accounts of gratitude and appreciation for the PGIMER team.

Expressing his sentiments, Mr. Hem Raj, who had spent 22 days in ICU, stated, “I don’t have words to thank all the health care workers of PGIMER who looked after and treated me 24X7 even at the risk of their own life. I owe my post COVID life to their dedication.” Echoing his sentiments was Mr. Rajiv Tangri, who had the longest stay in ICU of over a month including 20 plus days on ventilator, as he said, “Probably, I will never be able to truly put it into words just how grateful I am to the COVID-19 team of PGIMER, who have literally saved me otherwise I would have gone forever.” Mr. Dharam Pal also felt equally indebted as he said, “My family was convinced that the only place that could save me was PGIMER.” Mr. Arun Sood, BJP Chandigarh President also had loads of appreciation for PGIMER as he stated, “This time of turmoil and crisis of COVID-19 has proved that the real heroes in this fight are the health care workers. They are stretching way beyond to save the patients and give them another lease of life.” Dr Kapil from the Deptt. of Virology, also a COVID Warrior had the audience burst into laughter with his experience sharing. He said that he felt so proud to be a part of the PGIMER team as the treatment, hospitality and infrastructure was all perfect which made it easy to deal with the demon of COVID 19.” Dr Mohit Sood, while praising the patience and grit of health care workers said, “Hats off to them as working in PPE kits in those days of scorching heat and exhaustion and staying away from families while risking their own lives is what makes them and not us, real warriors.”

The event concluded with the felicitation of the dignitaries and delegates.