The satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Sangrur is likely to start outdoor patient services (OPD) by September-end.
According to PGI sources, a meeting in this connection was chaired by director last week.
Sources revealed that in the meeting, attended by heads of different departments, it was decided to make the facility functional by September-end.
The construction work has been going on for the past one-and-half year at Sangrur and now the institute has demanded a separate workforce for the centre from the health ministry, which will send the matter for approval to the finance ministry.
Sources said besides normal specialties, emphasis would be laid on establishing superspecialty departments of hepatology (liver diseases) and nephrology (kidney diseases).
“The decision has been taken in view of high prevalence of alcoholic liver diseases and kidney ailments,” said the sources. “The facilities will be augmented as per requirements,” the sources added.
The Punjab government has allocated 25-acre land for the institute.
The centre would have a 300-bedded hospital in the first phase with an outreach community health services programme in a predominantly rural population.
The centre will have key medical and surgical departments with provision for residential quarters for faculty and staff.
According to the District Human Development Report 2010 of the United Nations Development Programme, the common causes of mortality in Sangrur district are respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, skin-related diseases, diabetes, hypertension, hematological diseases, ophthalmic diseases and cancer.
There will also be provision of 24-hour emergency services along with out-patient (OPD) and in-patient services (ward care).