PGI governing body gives nod to satellite centre at Ferozepur

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2016 12:03 IST
Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda inaugurating generic pharmacy at PGI in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

There is some good news for the Punjab’s Malwa belt as the governing body of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has in principle approved a satellite centre in Ferozepur.

A decision in this regard was taken at the institute’s governing body meeting chaired by Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Earlier this year, the Punjab government had approved transfer of 5.5 acres of land to the Union ministry for the purpose. The talks of setting up the satellite centre has been going on for two-and-a-half years without any progress.

“Setting up of satellite centres in adjoining regions is the only way to reduce burden on the PGIMER. Also, it will lift the standard of healthcare in these regions, and people will not need to travel to Chandigarh,” said a member of the governing body.


The governing body sanctioned 140 posts to run the temporary OPD services at the Sangrur satellite centre most likely from September 15.

The posts include those of doctors, nurses, technical staff and others. “Soon, the selection procedure will be started and the posts will be filled,” said an official.

The foundation stone of the 500-bed satellite centre was laid in 2013 and the construction work has been going on for two years on the 25 acres earmarked for the facility.

In the first phase, the centre will have a 300-bed hospital.


Nadda said, “Within 45 months, the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bathinda will become operational.”

The project was approved by the Union cabinet recently to provide super-specialty healthcare to the people of the region and create a large pool of doctors.

The cost of the project is around Rs 925 crore.

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