Though former Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla’s efforts to get approval for the proposed 500-bed satellite centre of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, at Sangrur failed to save his security deposit in the Lok Sabha elections, the setting up of this much-needed hospital has given a reason to smile to hundreds of youths of the region who will get employment.
As per the information sought under the Right To Information Act, 73 posts have been created for the operationalisation of OPD at the PGI’s satellite centre, Sangrur, in the first phase.
In a letter to the joint secretary, union ministry of health and family welfare, Chetan PS Rao, deputy director(administration), PGI, Chandigarh, has sought approval for the required manpower to operationalise the temporary OPD and satellite centre at Sangrur.
In the first phase, seven posts of assistant professor will be created, followed by six senior resident, 10 junior resident, five sister grade II, two stenographer, one storekeeper, three medical record technician, six junior lab technician, 10 lab attendant, three lower division clerks, 20 hospital attendant, including 10 for OPD and 10 for lab/nursing services, besides other staff for security, sanitation, kitchen and gardening.
Also in the first phase, which will be completed in 34 months from the union cabinet’s approval on February 12, 2014, the Centre, in a letter on February 19, has asked the director, PGIMER, Chandigarh, to provide the OPD facilities until full commissioning of the satellite centre.
In the first phase, 300-bed teaching hospital will be set up and the satellite centre will have medical and surgical department of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, radiology, ophthalmology, ENT, dental, community/ family medicine and psychiatry.
As per the communication, the setting up of the PGI’s satellite centre would be under the ongoing 12th Five-Year Plan “Scheme of redevelopment of hospitals and institutions” involving financial implication of `449 crore inclusive of recurring cost of `161 crore for the first four years, the government said.
The project will reduce the average distance people have to travel for their health care and treatment.
The satellite centre would also cater to the region-specific diseases and would also considerably reduce the patient load on the PGI.