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  • Friday | 3-April-2020

From The Directors Desk

From The Directors Desk

  
 
Dr. Ranjan K. Wadhwa
 
The National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD), which started from a humble beginning as a TB Hospital in 1956 is now an important part of the healthcare landscape of the Nation. It is providing dedicated service to the poorest of the poor who are at the forefront of bearing the havoc caused by tuberculosis and other lung diseases.
 
The Institute provides expert medical care for patients with tuberculosis as well as other respiratory disorders. We have a 470 bedded hospital (Lala Ram Sarup TB Hospital), which also houses the internationally renowned Dr. R.C. Jain Thoracic Surgery Centre and Dhanwantry Intensive care Unit. The Out Patient Department gets an average attendance of 800 patients per day where patients suffering from TB & respiratory diseases, lung cancer cases, those suffering from HIV, sleep disorders, allergic disorders, and tobacco addiction are attended to. Our Thoracic Surgery department is one of its kinds in the country with patients being referred even from neighboring countries. The Institute has the most advanced negative pressure ward (for MDR-TB patients) and a 40-bedded private ward. The Institute also provides outreach facilities for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis at the door step of the patients through the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).
 
The Institute has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the WHO under its Tuberculosis Supranational Reference Laboratory Network. Our Microbiology department has BSL-III facility and is a National Reference Laboratory under the RNTCP. The Pathology and Biochemistry laboratories as well as Radiology department have the latest equipment and fully trained personnel.
 
Our Institute has a dedicated training division and conducts diverse kinds of training courses. We have trained around 17000 state and district trainers for RNTCP alone over the past two decades. Recently, the Institute has been given status of ‘WHO Collaborating Center for TB Training’ and has expanded training to South East Asia region countries.
 
The institute is a major teaching institution and imparts postgraduate teaching in Respiratory Diseases, Microbiology and Super Specialty Thoracic Surgery accredited by the National Board of Examinations. Our students have not only performed brilliantly in academic and clinical responsibilities but have also instrumental in establishing centers of repute in various parts of the Nation.
 
The Institute conducts high quality research in the field of tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, thoracic surgery and allied specialties. The research publications from the Institute have been published in reputed indexed peer reviewed national and international journals.
 
Our vision is to be a global leader in tuberculosis and chest diseases through continued improvement and expansion. The Master Plan of the Institute is under formulation - the bed strength will increase and all departments will be further strengthened with latest equipments and additional manpower. The Thoracic Surgical department is exploring possibilities of involvement in Lung transplant and Robotic surgery. Research in areas of air pollution and smoking cessation is being prioritized.
 
Our motto is to provide medical care in most humane and patient friendly manner employing the state of the art technology and techniques.  We are committed to contributing our maximum in achieving the goal of TB Eradication by 2025 as envisioned by our honorable Prime Minister.