Patna: Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the construction of an animal facility at IGIMS for medical research purposes. The animal house is compulsory according to National Medical Commission guidelines for all medical schools.
At IGIMS there will be rats, rabbits, monkeys, wild pigs and other varieties required by medical researchers to test drugs and their effects on the genetic makeup of animals.
Describing this as a great initiative, Pandey said the state government has been making regular efforts to strengthen the health system from medical colleges to primary health centers and has now decided to promote medical research at the ‘IGIMS. Animal trials could lead to new discoveries about drugs and their effects, he said.
The minister also inaugurated two PSA oxygen plants there, each with a capacity of 1000 LPM, installed under the PM CARES fund. He said these plants would make the IGIMS fully self-sufficient for its total oxygen requirements.
Pandey also inaugurated the renovated forensic pathology department and the morgue developed with a freezer for the preservation of ten bodies at a time.
IGIMS Medical Superintendent Dr Manish Mandal said the existing morgue only had space to hold four bodies and appeared to be insufficient in the face of large casualties and delays in receiving the bodies. bodies by their loved ones for any reason.
The waves of Covid had claimed several victims in one day, creating problems for the IGIMS administration to keep the bodies in good condition.
The Minister of Health also inaugurated an online probe dosing device within the microbiology department. He said this machine would prove very useful in testing samples for drug-resistant tuberculosis by revealing the most suitable drug with assured recovery in less time.
Dr Mandal said the animal ethics committee had already approved him at IGIMS and veterinary doctors and staff had been recruited for proper animal care. The institute’s genome sequencing lab would also coordinate research work by conducting genome investigations of test animals.
The Minister also inaugurated a store-workshop for the technical section of the institute for the repair and maintenance of machinery, furniture and electrical appliances.
IGIMS Director, Dr. NR Biswas, Deputy Director, Dr. VP Sinha, Principal, Dr. Ranjit Guha and others were also present on the occasion.