PGI gets lounge for its doctors
In the absence of any sitting area for the resident doctors in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), most of the doctors have been either skipping meals or resorting to fast food, leading to various health problems.

In order to provide a place where these doctors can relax, a new lounge has been established for junior doctors. The lounge will have a facility wherein doctors can order meals through online service providers at highly subsidized rates. It is accessible only for the resident doctors and is situated at the advanced trauma centre. It will have a coffee/tea maker, a pantry, a refrigerator and a microwave oven.

PGI association of resident doctors (ARD) president Dr Uttam Thakur said: "We have a tie up with an online food service provider who will provide us with highly discounted meals. The lounge will have all the facilities that a faculty lounge is equipped with."

There are 1,500 resident doctors in the institute who make the main workforce as they man the emergency ward round-the-clock and also cater to the OPDs. "There is at least one doctor in every batch who has been infected with tuberculosis due to low immunity. Most of them do not eat food," said Dr Thakur. He added: "Once the online delivery starts, the doctors will be able to eat proper meals at any time."

The PGI's ARD had been proposing a separate lounge for resident doctors since last year.

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