THE LAUNCH of a temporary outdoor patient department (OPD) by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at its satellite outreach centre in Sangrur is likely to take three more months as the construction work at the centre is yet to be completed.
A PGI team led by PGI director Dr Yogesh Chawla and deputy director of administration (DDA) Amitabh Avasthi, along with other senior officials, conducted an inspection of the centre Saturday.
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Sources in the PGI administration told Chandigarh Newsline that instructions were passed by the PGI director and DDA that construction work should be completed at the earliest.
A senior PGI official privy to the developments informed that it would take “at least three more months” before the temporary OPD facilities at the satellite Sangrur campus could be started. “The construction work is going on and it hasn’t been completed so far. More work is needed in various buildings including the guest house,” the official said, adding that work to provide electricity supply to the campus will get completed in a month.
It is not just the delayed construction work that is creating hurdles for starting the OPD. Officials said the PGI is awaiting clearance from the health ministry for recruitment of the staff for the hospital. “We have asked for 74 people for the Sangrur campus for the initial phase from the health ministry . The file is yet to be cleared by them and it is now with the expenditure department of the ministry,” said an official. “We are hopeful it will be cleared soon.”
When asked how the opening would help local residents, a senior PGI official said the Sangrur belt lacked adequate health facilities. “There are not much health facilities in Sangrur area. People either visit the public health centres or the private hospitals in the area. Those who can’t afford private hospitals land up in PGI in Chandigarh for treatment,” the official explained. He added, “The PGI Sangrur campus will improve healthcare facilities in the area and in PGI Chandigarh we can expect less number of patients from that area.”
To begin with, the institute is planing to open nine OPDs at the centre. “The administration has decided that several OPD would be opened including medicine, dental, ENT, gynaecology, paediatrics and others,” said a PGI doctor. “More departments would be opened in the future.”
The foundation stone of the 500-bedded-satellite centre was laid in 2013. According to PGI officials, in the first phase the plan is to construct a 300-bedded hospital and then it would be extended to 500 bedded hospital. On January 26, the PGIMER director had said that OPD in Sangrur Outreach Satellite Centre “would be started soon.”