October 18, 2008

PGI to impart medical education, treatment guidelines to hospital in Bhutan

The Telemedicine project of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) was connected with the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Thimphu in Bhutan, on Thursday as part of its project to connect with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations.
The PGI, through this programme, has been connected with Bhutan for imparting medical education and assisting in the treatment of patients by rendering medical advice. Sources at the PGI said it is the first institute in the country, to be connected with another.

Professor K K Talwar, Director, PGIMER and Dr N Tenzin, Medical Director, JDWNRH, held discussions regarding the new facility on Thursday.

“The service will be provided by Telecommunication India Ltd (TCIL), New Delhi by MPLS through BSNL. This is for the first time that international connectivity will be used for the exchange of medical advice on both sides on a regular basis,” said Dr Meenu Singh, coordinator for SAARC Telemedicine Network, at PGI.

“Bhutan is the first SAARC country to be connected under the project. The link with Sri Lanka will be established next. Subsequently, all the SAARC nations will be covered through telemedicine at the PGI,” Dr Singh added.

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