The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is all set to start a temporary outdoor patient department (OPD) at its satellite centre in Sangrur within two months.
According to sources in the PGI administration, the construction work of ground floor of the building is almost ready and in two months, nine OPDs will be made operational.
To begin with, the OPDs for nine specialties will start functioning. The specialties are medicine, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, dermatology, ENT, eye, orthopaedics and dental OPD. The centre will cater to a large section of people from the Malwa belt.
When asked if the Central government has approved the posts of medical and para-medical staff, the senior officer replied, “The PGI had asked the Central ministry to sanction 70-80 posts. The file is still stuck with the ministry and it will take some time to get the final approval, post which, recruitment of doctors will begin.”
He said until the file gets cleared, the doctors and staff from PGI, Chandigarh, will cater to patients at temporary OPD at Sangrur.
“Our focus is to make the OPD functional as soon as possible. We held a meeting, wherein it was decided that around 10-12 doctors from PGI, Chandigarh, will go from here and cater to patients in Sangrur,” said the officer.
He added that the guesthouse building for doctors is not yet ready and will take another six-months time. Whether doctors will have to travel daily or stay in rental accommodations at Sangrur, these details are yet to be decided.
The foundation stone of the 500-bedded-satellite centre was laid in 2013 and the construction work has been going on for the past two years at Sangrur. The Punjab government has allocated 25-acre land for the institute.
In the first phase, the centre will have a 300-bedded hospital. The centre will have important medical and surgical departments with facility of residential quarters for faculty and staff.
It will cater to lakhs of people from the Malwa region, but officials are not of the view that it will lead to reduce burden on PGI, Chandigarh. “The patient load has only been increasing in the PGI. I do not think that the satellite centre at Sangrur will help PGI as far as patient load is concerned,” said the officer.