2 ECHO clinics running across Liver Disease, Hepatitis C, Mental Health, Psychiatry
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh was conceived in 1960 as a centre of excellence with a mandate to provide high quality patient care, attain self-sufficiency in post graduate medical education and to meet the country’s need for highly qualified medical teachers in all medical and surgical disciplines, provide educational facilities for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activity and undertake basic community based research.
PGIMER Hep-C ECHO
PGIMER adopted the ECHO model to provide free treatment of Hepatitis C through the teleECHO clinics in 20 prisons of Punjab. After Punjab, Haryana became the second state to provide the free treatment of Hepatitis C through Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited and extended the ECHO clinic in the 21 Civil and district hospitals of Haryana along with prisons of Haryana. So far, they have screened approximately 25000 prisoners in the prisons of Punjab.
PGIMER-Punjab Telepsychiatry ECHO
After a successful ECHO program in Hepatitis C, PGIMER started the Punjab Telepsychiatry ECHO. Mental disorders are highly prevalent as well as disabling, but at the same time treatable. Despite this, a majority of population suffering from mental disorders do not receive adequate treatment. This number is as high as 85% in the latest National Mental Health Survey of India. There are several reasons for the same. The first and most important is the dearth of qualified psychiatrists and mental health professionals. However, even where psychiatrists are available, they most often work in isolation.
The PGIMER-Punjab Telepsychiatry ECHO aims at narrowing the treatment gap through a videoconferencing based interactive program with the psychiatrists working at 22 District Hospitals and 3 Medical Colleges in the State of Punjab. Led by an expert team of Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, this teleECHO clinic is conducted fortnightly to discuss cases and topics related to general adult psychiatry, drug de-addiction and treatment, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.