The Skill Lab and the Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) of the institute was dedicated to the country
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare inaugurated multiple facilities at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal. He was joined by Vishwas Sarang, Minister for Medical Education, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
The Union Minister laid the Foundation Stone of Administrative Block and dedicated the Auditorium of AIIMS, Bhopal to the community. He also inaugurated the Mycology Advanced Resource Centre (MARC) established with the collaboration of ICMR. The Skill Lab and the Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) of the institute was dedicated to the country.
Speaking of the recently inaugurated ICMR-MARC Centre, Dr Vardhan said, “I am happy to know that the institute has got the new generation sequencing facility. This system will help faster sequencing of the pathogens including the SARS-CoV-2, other viruses, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. I am also incredibly happy to know that scientists and faculty of this Institute in collaboration with AIIMS, Delhi and other institutes have developed several TB diagnostic tests, some of these are in the advanced technology transfer stage. Other facilities like animal imaging system, flow cytometer with sorting, LCMS, Automated Nucleic Acid extraction system will pave way for research of international standards including in-vivo drug targeting, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.”
He congratulated the institute in its endeavour of productive collaboration with other institutes like the Research Institute of McGill University Health Center, Canada; CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR); National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW); National Health Mission (NHM); AIIMS Rishikesh; Department of Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
The Health Minister also informed that AIIMS, Bhopal in its capacity as Mentor Institute for combating COVID-19 pandemic had supervised a total of 38 laboratories, institutes and medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh for COVID-19 RT-PCR testing after providing their microbiologists and lab technicians training at the Regional Virology Laboratory of AIIMS, Bhopal. The in-house laboratory has done more 1.96 lakhs COVID-19 tests till 12th March.
“As a centre of Excellence for clinical management of COVID-19, weekly webinars are being organised through COVID-19 related to pathophysiology, diagnostics, epidemiology, prophylactics, and therapeutics of COVID-19 among the medical and nursing fraternity of the region,” he added. He also congratulated the institute for administering a total 6,433 doses of vaccines till date.
Dr Balram Bhargava, Secretary (Health Research) and DG-ICMR, Prof (Dr) Sarman Singh, Director, AIIMS Bhopal and other senior officials of ICMR and AIIMS Bhopal were also present.