Decks cleared for PGI satellite centre in Ferozepur
Decks have been cleared for the much-awaited 100-bed satellite centre of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, here after the Punjab government, on Thursday, approved the transfer of 5.5-acre land to the Union health ministry for the centre.punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2016 13:32 IST
Decks have been cleared for the much-awaited 100-bed satellite centre of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, here after the Punjab government, on Thursday, approved the transfer of 5.5-acre land to the Union health ministry for the centre.
The Union ministry had sanctioned the centre here two-and-a-half years ago, but the project had been in limbo for want of land.
A team of officials of the PGI, led by its director, had twice visited the proposed site at the local government ITI, adjoining the civil hospital and, during its last inspection of the site on May 17, 2015, verbal consent was also accorded, but nothing happened due to lack of anything in writing.
After the visit of the PGI team in May, a 5.5-acre piece of land at the ITI ground was identified and a proposal to transfer the above land to the health department was sent to the secretary, Housing Board, Punjab. and finally, the Punjab cabinet, approved the proposal on Thursday.
State BJP chief Kamal Sharma had thanked Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for approving the proposal for land.
Initially, Badal had given his nod to the proposal mooted by the financial commissioner (development) to allot 25 out of 50 acres of gram panchayat land at Wajidpur village to the local horticulture department in exchange of their land to be given for the centre, but the same could not materialise.
The state authorities transferred 16-acre land of the ITI ground to the health department but, later, PGI authorities demanded more land for the construction of houses for doctors and paramedical staff.
Health facilities in Ferozepur and the entire border belt are in a bad shape and in the absence of adequate medical facilities, residents have no option but to travel to Ludhiana or Amritsar in case of medical emergencies.
Excessive use of pesticides had wreaked havoc in the area, affecting the health of people at large. The problem was all the more acute for the people who could not afford quality treatment and cancer patients of Ferozepur, Faridkot, Moga, Bathinda and Mansa had to visit Bikaner for treatment.
In a study of the morbidity and mortality profile of Ferozepur district by the PGI, it was revealed that besides communicable and non-communicable diseases, gunshot injuries, mental health and drug abuse were also extensive in the vicinity.
Local Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki welcomed the approval of land, but rued that had government done the same well in time, the work on the centre could have started log time ago.
“Now, its construction should be taken up on a war footing to accomplish it at the earliest in the wider interest of common man,” demanded Pinki.