Year 2021

11 June 2021

Shri Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Medical Education, Government of UP, took stock of the progress of various upcoming projects at SGPGI today. He visited the construction site of Emergency Medicine and Renal Transplant Departments and was briefed about its phased development. This was followed by the round of Liver Transplant Unit and Hepatology department. He also took round of post Covid clinic and post Covid mucormycosis ward. Shri Alok Kumar was also updated about Operation Theatres, Critical Care Medicine, Post Operative Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit and Dialysis.

Later, he was formally introduced to all the Head of the Departments virtually through Telemedicine facility. The Principal Secretary expressed satisfaction over the pace of development of these upcoming facilities and hoped that with this extension of services,SGPGI would be able to serve a large number of patients requiring emergency care.

Director, SGPGI, Professor R K Dhiman, Dean Dr, S K Misra, Joint Director, Professor Rajneesh Kumar Singh, Chief Medical Superintendant Prof. Gaurav Agarwal,, FIE Dr. Aditya Kapoor and Chairman OPD Dr. Sushil Gupta accompanied him during the rounds

संजय गांधी स्नातकोत्तर आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान में आज पोस्ट कोविड क्लीनिक का शुभारंभ हो गया। संस्थान के निदेशक प्रोफेसर आर के धीमन ने फीता काटकर क्लीनिक का विधिवत उद्घाटन किया। इस अवसर पर संस्थान के मुख्य चिकित्सा अधीक्षक प्रोफेसर गौरव अग्रवाल, चिकित्सा अधीक्षक डॉ वी के पालीवाल, ओ0 पी0 डी0 चेयरमैन प्रोफेसर सुशील गुप्ता, प्रोफ़ेसर प्रभात तिवारी भी उपस्थित थे। अस्पताल प्रशासन द्वारा पोस्ट कोविड रोगियों के ऑनलाइन परामर्श के लिए एक पूर्ण समर्पित फोन नंबर जारी किया गया है। रोगी 0522 2496090 नंबर पर फोन करके पोस्ट कोविड समस्याओं के लिए विशेषज्ञ से परामर्श कर सकते हैं और यथोचित मार्गदर्शन भी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। आवश्यकता प्रतीत होने पर चिकित्सक उन्हें क्लीनिक में तिथि के अनुसार बुलाएंगे। साथ ही संस्थान के स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों और उनके आश्रितों को तथा उन सभी अन्य रोगियों को, जो राजधानी कोरोना अस्पताल से डिस्चार्ज हुए हैं और जिन्हें कोविड नेगेटिव होने के पश्चात भी कुछ संबंधित समस्याएं हैं,उन्हें भी पोस्ट कोेविड क्लीनिक में नेगेटिव RTPCR रिपोर्ट के साथ देखा जाएगा। यह क्लीनिक सोमवार से शुक्रवार प्रात 9:30 बजे से अपराहन 1:00 बजे तक और शनिवार को प्रातः 9:30 बजे से अपराहन 12 तक चलेगी।

संजय गांधी स्नातकोत्तर आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान में आज विश्व पर्यावरण दिवस के अवसर पर वृक्षारोपण किया गया। संस्थान के निदेशक प्रोफेसर आर के धीमन और मुख्य चिकित्सा अधीक्षक प्रोफेसर गौरव अग्रवाल ने वृक्षारोपण किया। राजधानी कोविड अस्पताल और संस्थान परिसर में भिन्न भिन्न स्थानो पर अशोका, लागीफोलिया, ओलियंडर और टी एम सी प्रजाति के 101 पौधे लगाए गए। पर्यावरण संरक्षण की दिशा में प्रत्येक वर्ष संस्थान प्रशासन द्वारा जगह-जगह वृक्ष रोपित किए जाते हैं , जो न केवल आखों को सुकून देते है, अपितु यहां आने वाले रोगियों और उनके संबंधियों को स्वच्छ और स्वस्थ वातावरण प्रदान करते हैं।

Program on Management and Treatment of Mucormycosis in COVID-19

A virtual program on “Case Based Teachings” on Covid Associated Mucormycosis was organized on 27th May 2021 with experts from SGPGI, Lucknow and KGMU, Lucknow which was shared with 52 medical colleges of UP. 422 participants attended it from various Medical colleges of UP.

Prof. R K Dhiman, Director, SGPGI welcomed the participants and speakers. Addressing the participants, he emphasized on identification of at risk cases and clinical setting and host factors which leads to Mucormycosis. In depth discussion on correct dosage of steroids for Covid pneumonia was discussed for judicious use of steroids.

Lt General (Dr) Bipin Puri, Vice Chancellor, KGMU highlighted on medical therapy and proper control of underlying host factors along with irrigation of surgical cavity with Amphotericin B and early diagnosis and aggressive management.

Dr Amit Keshri, Additional Professor, Neuro-otology, SGPGI, presented the 2 cases of Mucormycosis, which were managed by Multidisciplinary team at SGPGI. All aspect of case including the History, Examination, radiological finding, microbiology reports and antifungal therapy including the Surgery was discussed in details.

Prof Hardeep Malhotra, Department of Neurology, KGMU highlighted the radiological findings in various stages of Mucormycosis and involvement of orbit and brain in Mucormycosis and nuances in the management of these lesions.

Dr R K Singh, Professor and Head, Emergency Medicine, SGPGI elaborated on various Antifungal drugs and their dosage and side effects and use in clinical setting and duration of therapy and does and don’ts in Antifungal treatment duration.

Prof Himanshu, Department of Medicine, KGMU presented a case managed by KGMU Mucormycosis unit of KGMU and esteemed panelist discussed it extensively.

Dr Alok Nath, Professor and Head Dept of Pulmonology, SGPGI elaborated on the involvement of lungs in fungal infections and on Various Antifungal and Antimicrobial therapy for Mucormycosis. She said that vision loss should be documented and examination of pupils and ocular movements should be done.

Dr Rungmai S Marak, Professor, Microbiology, SGPGI, explained the various findings in mycology on the specimen she processed in the lab on theses patients with Mucormycosis, sampling technique and tissue processing and culture.

Dr Apjit Kaur, Professor and Head, Ophthalmology, KGMU spoke on management of orbital lesions in Mucormycosis and elaborated on intra-orbital Amphoterecin B protocol for saving the eye from exentration.

To summarize, the “Case based Teachings” gave participants an insight management of Mucormycosis in clinical setting and highlighted the use of Multidisciplinary team in management of this complex diseases by medical and surgical therapy.

The session was attended by 422 participants and more than 90 questions were asked by them, with many of them appreciated the case based discussion session. Prof R K Dhiman stressed on case presentation from various medical colleges in next session on Wednesday and to discuss the problem faced if any and take opinion of experts in a complex case at hand.

Management and treatment of Mucormycosis in COVID-19

Mucormycosis is an uncommon opportunistic invasive fungal infection which occurs in immunosupressed patients. Uncontrolled diabetes is the most common risk factor for acquiring this infection. These fungal spores are prevalent in the air and on decomposed debris and gain entry into sinuses and lung by breathing contaminated air. Patients of COVID-19 with uncontrolled Diabetes, undergoing treatment with steroids are at heightened risk of Mucormycosis.

A virtual program was organized today on 15th May on "management and treatment of Mucormycosis" on zoom platform which was shared with 52 medical colleges of UP. Prof. R K Dhiman, Director, SGPGI welcomed the participants and speakers. Addresing the participants, he said that a Microbiologist, ENT specialist, Ophthalmologist and Diabetologist play a very important role in diagnosing and treating patients with Mucormycosis. So a multidisciplinary approach is paramount to its successful management.

Dr R K Singh, Professor and Head, Emergency medicine , SGPGI elaborated on the types of Mucormycosis, its prevention and early diagnosis. Though several types of mucormycosis exist, Rhino-Orbital-Cerebral (ROC) Mucormycosis is the most common and most aggressive form in Diabetic patients. High index of suspicion for early diagnosis is essential to its effective management and optimal outcome. Prolonged antifungal therapy along with early aggressive surgical intervention by trained ENT specialists are urgently needed. Prevention is the key to management, he said.

Dr Amit Kesari, Professor, Neurootology, SGPGI, said that patients with high blood sugar and high ferritin are at high risk of Mucormycosis. Microbiologist and Radiological evaluation and ENT examination can diagnose it in early stage. MRI can show the blood vessel which is being invaded. Any ENT Surgeon can perform the surgery in first or second stage I.e. nasal cavity or sinus.

This was followed by an interesting talk by Dr Rachna Agarwal, Professor, Opthalmology, SGPGI, who elaborated on the involvement of eyes in this fungal infection. She said that vision loss should be documented, examination of pupils and ocular movements should be done for early diagnosis. Early surgery should be done and it can also be done in all the medical colleges by trained Ophthalmologists. Dr Rumi S Marak, Professor, Microbiology, SGPGI, explained the need and techniques of blood sampling and tissue biopsy for diagnosing Mucormycosis.

This was followed by an educative talk by Dr Subhash Yadav, Professor, Endocrinology, who elaborated on the treatment modality of patients with uncontrolled blood sugars in managing this deadly fungal infection. To summarize, it was needed to do identification of at-risk patients, stricter glycemic control, judicious use of steroids in COVID, wearing of mask at all times by patients, improved air quality index within hospital, optimal manpower, screening for it at time of admission and during hospital stay as well as during follow up can help mitigate this threat.

The session was attended by 546 participants. 176 questions were asked by them. Participants have demanded the repetition of the session. The session will be repeated again on Wednesday 19th may in case based discussion mode.

राजधानी कोरोना अस्पताल में लिक्विड ऑक्सीजन प्लांट का उद्घाटन

संजय गांधी स्नातकोत्तर आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान के राजधानी कोरोना अस्पताल में अब बिना बाधा के ऑक्सीजन सप्लाई उपलब्ध रहेगी। इसके लिए राजधानी कोरोना अस्पताल में लिक्विड ऑक्सीजन प्लांट लगाया गया है। इसका उद्घाटन आज संस्थान के निदेशक प्रोफेसर आर के धीमन द्वारा किया गया ।

अभी तक राजधानी कोरोना अस्पताल में सिलेंडर सिस्टम से ऑक्सीजन सप्लाई दी जा रही थी, जिसमें लगभग 600 सिलेंडर प्रतिदिन की खपत हो रही थी। अब 20000 लीटर क्षमता के इस लिक्विड ऑक्सीजन प्लांट से, जिसे लिंडे इंडिया लिमिटेड द्वारा स्थापित किया गया है, मरीजों को पर्याप्त मात्रा में ऑक्सीजन उपलब्ध हो पाएगी और ऑक्सीजन का पर्याप्त स्टॉक भी बना रहेगा।.

SGPGI Department of Hepatology Started.

The department of Hepatology was formally inaugurated by the Honourable Minister, Medical education, Finance and Parliamentary affairs, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Suresh Khanna Ji today evening at liver transplant unit, SGPGI.

The programme started with the invocation of goddess Saraswati followed by lamp lighting. Professor R K Dhiman, Director, SGPGI addressing the august gathering said that it is a big achievement to have Department of Hepatology as it is the first one in the state of UP. His further said that we need to have a sustainable liver transplant program.

Shri Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Medical Education while expressing his views said that we need to have such a health care system in Uttar Pradesh that no one residing in U P has to go to other states for treatment under compulsion. He also said that the state government is always there to support the institute in terms of aid , but the institute has also to think of certain ways of self sustainability. Professor Shiv Kumar Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, addressed the audience through video conferencing. He spoke on the need to have a full-fledged department of hepatology in the state of Uttar Pradesh as the burden of liver disease due to hepatitis B and C, alcohol and fatty liver is enormous in Uttar Pradesh. Fatty liver leads to diabetes, hypertension, gallstones and cancer liver. The collective efforts of department of gastroenterology, surgical gastroenterology and hepatology will lead to comprehensive program for the prevention and the treatment of chronic liver disease.

This was also emphasized by Honourable Minister Shri Khanna Ji. He also laid emphasis on treatment with empathy and compassion. He also said that he would like to see SGPGIMS as the best in patient services, medical education and research. Professor Rajan Saxena, Head of the Department, Centre for Hepatobiliary Disease and Transplantation proposed the vote of thanks. The program ended with the national anthem.

Institute Celebrated 72nd Republic Day.

SGPGI celebrated 72nd Republic Day with utmost zeal and enthusiasm today. DIrector, Professor R K Dhiman hoisted the tricolour on plaza in front of limited gathering due to social distancing at the backdrop of Covid 19 pandemic. Addressing the gathering, Director said that as on 26th January 1950 the constitution of India was implemented and country progressed by following it. In the same way, we should also strive hard to excel in the field of patient care, research and medical education by following certain rules and regulations of the institute. Last year was the year of struggle against Covid 19. With our firm determination and hard work, we overcame this disease in a way and now we only have aprox 27 patients in Rajdhani covid Hospital. Now we should again develop it as a non covid facility. Elaborating upon the work done for last 6-7 months ,he said that issues related to the staff eg recruitments and cadre restructuring, ACP/ DPC /MACP are being taken care of, budget for the library is also being increased from 3.5 crores to almost 10 crores, 2 MOU have already been signed. 1st is between STPI, department of IT and Infotech and SGPGI which will enable us to make medical equipments at home. IInd is between Tele ICU and Power Grid Corporation of India which will facilitate the supervision of all the ICUs to be started in 22 medical colleges of UP. He also gave vision of the upcoming projects :

  • Organ donation(SOTTO)
  • Advanced diabetes centre
  • Upcoming Emergency Deptt
  • Renal transplantation complex
  • Centre of excellence for infectious diseases and vaccine development
  • New unit of Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Gama knife stereotactic radiosurgery

On this occasion, 20 staff of the institute were also felicitated for their exemplary work and contribution towards patient care. Joint Director, Administration Professor Rajneesh Kumar Singh and other faculty members also present on this occasion. The program ended with the patriotic songs sung by the staff.

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The Director SGPGIMS, Prof RK Dhiman, inaugurated and launched the facility of smart card and digital Kiosk system in the Central library for its users. During the inauguration Prof. Sunil Pradhan Chairman Library Committee, Prof SP Ambesh Chief Librarian, various members of Library committee and staff of the SGPGI library were present. The Chief librarian presented the smart card to the Director and demonstrated the operation of digital kiosk. A new facility of drop-box has also been made available. This is the first library in the state of Uttar Pradesh where digital RF ID cards are issued to its members. Now the members can self-checkout and check-in the books and journals. The security system of the central library is also RF ID enabled so that no item of library can be taken out without digital check-out. The library is being updated with important digital resources (Clinical Key, ERMed, Up-todate, Discovery and complete BMJ Resources) so that the members can have the access to online journals and books inside the hospital and campus. The digitalization will help in improving the research and academic activity in SGPGIMS, Lucknow.

Year 2020

SGPGI celebrated the culmination of education of 194 students in a poignant Convocation ceremony, on Saturday. In the Lecture Theatre Complex, which was both traditional and meaningful. Wearing traditional academic regalia and walking up the stage is the dream of every student. Due to Covid pandemic, the occasion was observed in “hybrid” mode. A select number of guests only attended physically, all the other guests joined via videoconferencing. The program started in the customary manner with the arrival of the Academic procession and welcoming the Dignitaries and guests, all those present at the venue and those connected via Zoom.The blessings of the Goddess Saraswati were invocated with Saraswati Vandana and Lamp lighting. The program started with welcoming of guests by Shri Rajendra kumar Tiwari, Chief secretary. UP and President, SGPGI. He welcomed all the dignitaries on dias and elaborated the institute's progress in various disciplines. H.E Smt. Anandiben Patelji, Hon’ble Governor of U. P presided over the function and conferred the degrees to 194 students who had successfully completed their DM/Mch/PhD/MD/PDCC and BSc (Nursing) training. The Governor blessed the audience with her words of wisdom. She stressed the need to have intensive research program in order to make treatment of various diseases available and affordable. She appreciated the idea of inviting school children to attend and see the grand ceremony of University Convocation for their encouragement. School-children who were invited to be a part of the convocation programme so that they get inspired to take up Medicine as a career were given gifts and nutritional hampers by the Governor. Honoris Causa degree was conferred upon Dr. Gagandeep Kang FNA, FASc, FNASc, FFPH, FAAM, FRS. Dr Kang is a clinician scientist, presently working as a Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellor. She is the first woman Indian scientist to be inducted as Fellow of Royal Society. Dr. Mammen Chandy, Director, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata graced the occasion as Chief Guest . Padamshree Dr Chandy,was CIBMTR 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipient.He was the recipient of DSc , Honoria Causa Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2018 and DSc , Honoria Causa Amity University, Kolkata 2019. His talk focused on “Future of Medicine”.His excellent oratorial skills enthralled the audience. He said thatthere is nothing beautiful to leave something good for the humanity. Covid times have taught good things too: Zoom and Hybrid meetings, humanity rising to meet crisis, specially role of Health care workers and emphasis on building health infrastructure. With vaccine being rolled out, we may see better times. He further said that some failure in life is inevitable and teaches us more than success can. Professor R K Dhiman, Director, SGPGIMS, presented the Institute report for the last one year in his speech.He talked about Covid preparedness of SGPGI and tackling Covid head on with medical expertise, manpower and infrastructural changes. RCH (Rajdhani Corona Hospital)was set up as a stand alone facility ,Virtual ICU sessions ,Regular rounds over ZOOM with multispeciality inputs to improve patient outcome, HCW training and sensitization,Training of 52 other medical colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Screening stations at SGPGI ,Holding area for Non covid patients needing admissions-were all highlighted.At the same time,non covid work too went on and was mentioned as well as the contribution of all the Departments ,in these tough and demanding times.SGPGI did not shy away from its social responsibilities. 6 children undergoing treatment under the NTEP (National TB elimination program )of the Government were adopted by SGPGI doctors and staff as per the brainchild of Madam Hon’ble Governor. Prof S R Naik award for outstanding research investigator for the year 2020 was given to Prof. Udai Chand Ghoshal, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology. Prof S.S Agrawal award for Excellence in Research was given to Dr P.V Sai Saran, Department of Critical Care Medicine. Prof. R.K.Sharma award for Best DM and MCh. Student:The Best DM student award went to Dr. Hafis Muhammed V.K, Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology .The Best MCh. student award was bagged by Dr. Valiveru Chakrapani Ramya, Department of Endocrine Surgery . Shri Suresh Khanna, Honourable Minister of Finance, Parliamentary Affair and Medical Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh, also addressed the gathering. He congratulated Dr. R.K Dhiman for presenting a very bright and optimistic report of the institute. He said that once one gets into medical profession, he or she can get satisfaction only through service. Dean, SGPGI, Prof S.K Mishra proposed the vote of thanks. The program ended with the National Anthem and the academic procession leaving the Lecture theatre.

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In this pandemic of Covid 19 the regular training of healthcare workforce is an essential factor for the better health of patients and medical staff. Based on Hub and Spoke model, SGPGIMS is providing training to 52 medical colleges, health care workers and paramedical staff under the aegis of Extension of Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) programme. This training consists of 11 modules related to outbreak, transmission, symptoms, sample collection, standard precautions, creation of Covid 19 facility, quarantine of patients and HCW, hospital management etc.

The Course Director is Prof R. K. Dhiman, Director, SGPGIMS and Co-Director is Prof R. K Singh, Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, SGPGIMS and Nodal Officer, Rajdhani Covid Hospital. Honorable Minister Shri Suresh Khanna ji, Minister of Medical Education, Finance & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Uttar Pradesh inaugurated this unique teaching platform, a need of the hour.

Medical treatment of the sharply rising number of COVID-19 positive patients has placed tremendous strains on health care resources, particularly the management of patients admitted to L3 facilities. The demand of specialist health-care workers is also increasing for managing critical aspects of the COVID treatment. This is important to manage critically ill patients, and to improve survival. Accordingly, it is imperative to undertake a targeted capacity building program to train, and to refresh, health care workers in their skills for the management of critically ill COVID patients, including in respect of oxygen therapy, ABG analysis, ventilator operations, SGPGIMS COVID-19 Management Protocol etc.

Till date seven such programs have been organized by the Department of Anesthesiology under the leadership of Dr Anil Agarwal, Professor and Head Department of Anaesthesiology in the last one month and a total of 159 Faculty members and residents across different specialties including, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Immunology, Radiology, Transfusion medicine, Orthopedics, Endocrinology, Endocrine Surgery, Maternal and reproductive health have been trained. Dr Sujeet Gautam Additional Professor Anaesthesiology and nodal officer Capacity Building Program, informed very soon Department of Anesthesiology is also starting similar programs on a regular basis for nursing staffs being posted in RCH.

Ethics in Medical Practice is an area which is very dear to the Hon'ble Minister of Medical Education, Finance & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Suresh Khanna ji. He has emphasized on creating awareness about it and its being adopted in routine clinical practice by all the health care professionals of the State. SGPGIMS has initiated a series of programs on Medical Ethics, under the leadership of the Director, Prof. RK Dhiman. Each session centers around a topic related to the pandemic, is attended by SGPGI employees and their families and participants from 52 Medical Colleges of the State of Uttar Pradesh. The programs are organized and steered by Prof. Soniya Nityanand, Executive Registrar and Prof. Vinita Agarwal, Faculty I/C Ethics Cell

On the initiative taken by Honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Anandiben Patel to adopt underprivileged children suffering from tuberculosis, Sanjay Gandhi PGI organised a program to initiate the process and help connect the children and those who volunteered to adopt. This program was jointly organised by Dr Richa Mishra, Addl. Professor, department of Microbiology, SGPGI, Dr. Alok Nath HOD, department of Pulmonary Medicine and Dr. Prerna Kapoor, Physician and Nodal Officer, National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme unit, SGPGI at Telemedicine auditorium, on 28 Sep. 2020. Dr Prerna Kapoor welcomed the guests present on the occasion. Chief Guest of the function, Dr Suryakant Tripathi, HOD, Respiratory Medicine, KGMU and UP state task force, highlighted the benefits of Nikshay Poshan Yojana launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Financial incentive of Rs. 500 per month is given to each notified tuberculosis patient for duration for which the patient is on anti TB treatment. This scheme is registered under direct benefit transfer. Dr RK Dhiman, Director, SGPGI appreciated and thanked those, who came forward to be guardians to ensure proper treatment and nutrition monitoring so that the children can be completely cured and lead a healthy life. He also emphasized the need to continuously and rigorously work towards the target of completely eradicating tuberculosis from India by 2025 as per the national TB goal.

The inaugural edition of series of Symposia on "Medical Ethics" planned on instructions and guidance from Honorable Minister for Medical Education, Finance and Parliamentary affairs, Govt of UP Uttar Pradesh Sri Suresh Khanna ji was organized at SGPGIMS Lucknow on Thursday 11th June 2020. The theme of this symposium was "Tele-educational program on Medical Ethics in the time of Covid-19 Pandemic".

Owing to the compulsions of social distancing, when no large congregations could be held, the inaugural ceremony involved only a handful of dignitaries and invited guests in person, which included Honorable Minister Medical Education, Finance and Parliamentary affairs, Govt of UP, Sri Suresh Khanna ji, Dr Rajnish Dube, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education, Government of UP, Dr. KK Gupta, Director General Medical Education, Dr Shaleen Kumar, Director Super-specialty Cancer Institute, Principal ,Era Medical College, Officers, Heads of Departments, and Faculty members of SGPGI. A large number of doctors, nurses, and resident doctors from SGPGI and various medical institutes and medical colleges of Uttar Pradesh participated in the symposium from remote locations, using the video-conferencing platforms and the telemedicine network

As the world celebrated the 13th Rare Disease Day on 29th February 2020, the department of medical genetics, SGPGIMS in collaboration with Lucknow chapters of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and National Neonatology Forum put together a memorable event to salute the spirit of patients and their families and enlighten society on rare diseases and advances in its treatment, aptly on a rare day which comes every leap year! Head of the department Dr S R Phadke , our forever crusader for all diseases rare welcomed the Director, the chief guest and all delegates and uplifted the morale of the patients, their caring families and treating doctors. The event started with light hearted games for the children coordinated by Dr Mayank & Dr Neha. Children from Asha Jyoti School charmed the audience with their dance performances. The chief guest for the event Dr Charulata Deshpande, Consultant geneticist from Central Manchester University Hospital, UK apprised the attendees on novel therapies. Words of blessings and support by Prof R K Dhiman brough grace to the program. Dr Amita Moirangthem held a stimulating panel discussion on the role of Exome sequencing in Newborn screening, early intervention and disability prevention.

The campus woke up early to the crack of dawn on Sunday, 16th February .All roads led to the Sports Meet 2020 in Type 4 park. The ground had been perfectly shaped up for the occasion with trimmed grass, levelled soil and etched running tracks. As the sun shone brilliantly, the children tossed their jackets, chugged their morning milk and rushed for the event. Faculty put on yellow jerseys and white caps to showcase their talents on the sports field. The "fun and fitness" events ranged from slow bicycle race to Lemons and Spoons to Couples three-legged race,100 metre sprint, family relay-race and garland race. The girls won the keenly contested tug of war event, quietly but surely reminding the brawny men once again that their might was not everything. Light-hearted fun and frolic was the theme of the day. Refreshments, energy drinks, hot aloo-khasta, crunchy oozing jalebis, bananas and healthy sprouts were wiped clean by the hungry athletes