PGI to establish outreach centres in Punjab, Haryana
Known as satellite centres, they will provide health care to patients of the neighbouring states
■ CHANDIGARH: To offset the heavy patient load, the PGI intends to establish outreach centres in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. These centres, known as satellite centres, will provide patient care to patients of the neighbouring states.
The Standing Academic Committee of the institutem in its meeting held on December 12 last year, suggested to the PGI administration to “take up the matter with the Punjab and Haryana governments to provide land to the institute to set up separate satellite centres”.
According to sources, these centres to be run by the PGI administration will have all facilities and infrastructure related to patient care. Eminent doctors from the institute will examine
The centres will not only reduce burden on the institute, but will also provide best health care outside
the PGI MANJU WADWALKAR
the patients at these centres. The number of beds these centres will have is yet to be decided. The centres will also provide cancer care besides having de-addiction centres.
Sources said the centres would be in the vicinity of the institute. Sources said the institute administration would approach Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and Haryana Urban Development Authority for the land.
Sources in the PGI administration said the idea was to reduce the heavy load of patients on the PGI. The institute offers treatment to around 15 lakh patients every year and performs more than one lakh surgeries annually. The institute receives a large number of patients who can be treated at lower hospitals.
In the recent past, various PGI directors have appealed to the neighbouring states to refer only those patients to the institute, who need care and support expected from a tertiary care hospital, so that the PGI could concentrate adequately on critical cases.
PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the idea was still at the nascent stage and logistics were being worked out. “The centres will not only reduce burden on the institute, but will also provide best health care outside the PGI,” she said.