The plan is to put 300 beds in Sangrur and another 100 in Ferozpur. Among the north states, it is from Punjab that the institute gets maximum outdoor patients. Of its total patients, 33% are from the state. Doctors at the PGI examined nearly 1.5 lakh patients from Punjab last year.
Last week, union health secretary PK Pradhan had told the media that the health ministry had agreed to create these centres to decongest the overburdened PGI. In many of its meetings, the PGI's governing body had called for satellite centres in Punjab and Haryana.
Even the Haryana government had offered land in Panchkula to the institute to create a satellite centre. In new facilities for patients, the PGI will open a sample collection centre and fee counter in its Research Block A. "Most of Advanced Trauma Centre is functional and the renovation of Trauma-A centre was in full swing," said Dr Chawla. "Of the PGI patients, 20% were treated free of cost and Asha Jyoti mobile unit took cancer screening to women in and around Chandigarh."