The satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), whose foundation stone would be laid by union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in Sangrur district on Thursday, would focus on special treatment of liver and kidney diseases.
As per sources in the PGIMER administration, besides normal specialities, emphasis will be laid on establishing superspeciality departments of hepatology (liver diseases) and nephrology (kidney diseases). "The decision has been taken done in view of high prevalence of alcoholic liver diseases and kidney diseases. The facilities will be augmented as per requirements," said Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson for the Chandigarh-based premier institute.
The Punjab government has allocated 25 acres to the institute for setting up the satellite centre. 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 would 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, hematological diseases, ophthalmic diseases, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
A population-based cancer registry (PBCR) has already been initiated by the PGIMER in the district in partnership with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
There will also be the provision of 24-hour emergency services along with out-patient (OPD) and in patient services (ward care).
According to a press release of the institute, the Sangrur centre will serve as a referral centre for health services in adjoining districts as well as to the PGIMER. Training of health staff and consultancy services to state health services would also be provided.
Presently, Sangrur district has one district hospital, three sub-divisional hospitals, six community health centers, 39 primary health centres and 68 subsidiary health centres, including rural dispensaries and 194 sub-centres.
According to the PGIMER, the satellite centre would fulfil the need for a specialist teaching and training health institution in the area.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be the chief guest at the satellite centre's foundation stone-laying function at Ghabdan village in Sangrur district. Minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chaudhary and Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla would be the guests of honour.