RGICD will be upgraded into a National Institute

To enable advanced research in the field of respiratory ailments and ensure better Tuberculosis (TB) care, the State Government has proposed to upgrade the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD), Bangalore into a national institute.

Announcing this after inaugurating the 65th national conference on TB and Chest Diseases that began in the city on 10th January, 2011, Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas said the institute would be upgraded on the lines of Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute of New Delhi.

“It will also have a National Institute of Virology on its campus. We have already identified 10 acres of land for this purpose. A proposal will be placed before the Governing Council of RGICD shortly,” he said.

A recommendation would be sent to the Union Government soon after the Governing Council’s approval. “We plan to start work on this project by early next month,” the Minister said.

Health Minister B. Sriramulu called upon people to actively involve with the Government’s efforts in controlling TB. “TB care and control should be stepped up in rural areas where the incidence is high.”

Speaking on the occasion, R.K. Srivastava, Director – General of Health Services, Government of India, said there was a need to strengthen RGICD to ensure effective curative services, early detection of lung diseases and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory diseases.

RGICD Director and Karnataka State TB Association President Shashidhar Buggi, National TB Institute Director Prahlad Kumar and TB Association of India President S.P. Agarwal spoke.

Awards were presented to some doctors for their contribution to TB care. The conference was jointly organised by Karnataka State TB Association and Tuberculosis Association of India.

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