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Key centres of Chandigarh’s PGI await a VVIP to kick off construction work

No VVIP, including Union health minister JP Nadda, who cancelled visits twice on May 17 and June 10, is available for the ceremony to kick start the construction of the Advanced Neurosciences Centre and the Advanced Mother and Child Care Centre.

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2018 13:38 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,JP Nadda,Union health minister
Tenders were floated in May and work allotted to two different construction companies, but unavailability of a VVIP is holding up things.(HT File )

The non-availability of a VVIP to lay the foundation stone of two centres critical for the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is giving the hospital authorities a headache.

No VVIP, including Union health minister JP Nadda, who cancelled visits twice on May 17 and June 10, is available for the ceremony to kick start the construction of the Advanced Neurosciences Centre and the Advanced Mother and Child Care Centre. Estimated costs for both are Rs 495.31 crore and Rs 485 crore, respectively.

Now, an invite has been forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) by the health ministry, and PGIMER is awaiting intimation.

Though planned a decade ago, the centres for PGIMER’s Sector-12 campus, were among three projects worth Rs 1,475 crore given the green light in August 2017 by the Unionhealth ministry.

The third project is a satellite centre at Una, Himachal Pradesh.

Tenders were floated in May and work allotted to two different construction companies, but unavailability of a VVIP is holding up things.

“We have not got any intimation about the Prime Minister’s visit. Meanwhile, we havebeen asked by the health ministry to go ahead with the work and meetings are being held between the engineering department and respective departments to plan which facility will come on which floor. But the construction work will begin once the foundation stone is laid,” said Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER.

Mother and childcare

The Advanced Mother and Child Care Centre will be a 300-bed unit for improving obstetric and neonatal tertiary care.The first of its kind in north India, it will have a neonatal intensive care unit with advanced services, foetal medicine unit, robotic surgery, human milk bank, advanced infertility services and reproductive endocrinology.

The centre will also act as a skill training centre for health professionals and is expected to contribute to bringing down prenatal and neonatal mortality rates in the region.

Neurosciences centre

The Advanced Neurosciences Centre, also a 300-bed facility, will help offer timely, affordable and advanced treatment for neurological and neuroscience disorders. With a number of operation theatres (OTs), intensive care units (ICUs) and ventilators, the centre will have additional facilities such as ‘brain suite’, mapping, invasive neurophysiological techniques and advanced imaging technology.

It will act as a training centre for neuro-specialists from across the country.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 13:11 IST