This morning, NR Divisional Hospital, Lucknow had a special guest – Sh Manoj Pande, Member Staff (MS), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Govt of India, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Kalpana Pande visited the hospital and spent about two hours with the doctors and other medical staff.
MS was accorded warm welcome by Chief Med Supdt of NR Lucknow Division, Dr V.M. Sinha and her team of doctors. He went around the OPD Block and particularly appreciated the RELHS OPD with adequate waiting area, consultation space, dispensing area, and routine check-ups like Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure measurement. Such an arrangement avoids Sr citizens’ hopping from one place to another.
MS went around the Radiology Deptt and saw the place where Indian Railway’s first 128 slice MD CT scanner is going to be installed very soon (purchase order already issued).
Thereafter, Dr Jagdish Chandra, Addl CMS (Radiology) gave a power point presentation about the Medical Deptt of Lucknow Division, highlighting its strengths and a wish-list too! There was an audio-visual curtain-raiser about the state-of-the-art CT scanner which is being installed in this hospital.
Dr Chandra enlightened the audience that the CT Scanner to be installed is first of its kind in a Govt hospital in the country. Apart from serving Northern Rly, North-Eastern Rly and RDSO railway beneficiaries, once installed this CT scan centre would develop into a centre of excellence which would attract patients from other zones, more so when this would also be able to perform non-invasive Coronary Angiography of patients
Incidentally, today happened to be World AIDS day. Dr Ashish Tripathi, ADMO delivered a talk on the prevalence of HIV infection and its brief history which was followed by an interactive session on AIDS and HIV by Dr Sanjeev Dixit, Addl CMS (Physician).
MS was curious to know if it was AIDS that kills the infected person! Dr Dixit explained that AIDS does not kill – these are the opportunistic infections which play havoc with the infected person due to his decreased (compromised) immunity. He further elaborated that early diagnosis is the key since these days we have very effective ART therapy (Anti-Retro Viral Drugs) which can control the progress of the disease to a large extent and patient can lead a long, quality life. He underlined the importance of ABC in prevention of HIV infection – Abstinence, Being faithful to your partner and third being Using Condoms and not indulging in high-risk sexual behaviour. Dr Amrendra Kumar, ACMS(physician) also threw light on some important aspects of this infection.
Mr Pande addressed the gathering and informed that he was always curious to know about the working of Railway Hospitals since it helps decision-making once one is aquainted with ground realities. He shared very useful insights into the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) and also innovative approach for overcoming security problem in Hospitals by utilising ex-servicemen (re-employed in Rlys) since they have more disciplined demeanor. He also gave practical tips for resolution of other issues involving Medical Officers.
He informed that very soon new paramedical personnel would be joining the hospital and hence the senior employees already working here should adopt the role of mentors for their fresh counterparts and inspire and motivate them.
Dr V M Sinha, CMS gave the vote of thanks and assured the Member Staff that Divl Hospital, Lucknow will scale new heights in times to come and that she aspires it to be the best hospital in Northern Railway.
After the scientific deliberations were over, MS interacted with all the doctors over a cup of tea and gave a lot of useful tips on resolving personnel issues. Some of the doctors cleared their doubts about some day-to-day medical issues having Personnel implications. Overall, it was a very useful session.