Ready for a booster shot

The premier hospi­tal of the re­gion has sought over R1,700 crore for new projects un­der the 12th Five-year Plan. Once the nod comes through, the PGI hopes to cure some of its chronic ail­ments THE PLAN IS TO SPEND R229 CRORE IN 2012 AND ABOUT R400 CRORE EAC

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Vishav Bharti CHANDI­GARH: The re­gion’s premier hospi­tal is set to get big­ger and bet­ter. Neu­ro­sciences, men­tal health, mother and child care, or­gan trans­plant and liver dis­eases will be the fo­cus ar­eas of the Post-Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGI), Chandi­garh, for the 12th Five-Year Plan, un­der which it has sought Rs 1,742 crore for new projects. The plan is to in­crease ca­pac­ity by 50%, tak­ing the num­ber of beds to 3,000.

As per the pro­posal for the 201217 Plan and a mas­ter plan of the in­sti­tute pre­pared by a cen­tral body, Hospi­tal Ser­vices Con­sul­tancy Cor­po­ra­tion (HSCC) — both doc­u­ments pre­sented be­fore the union health min­is­ter last month at PGI — the in­sti­tute would set up four ma­jor cen­tres over the next decade.

These in­clude a Neu­ro­sciences Cen­tre, an Ad­vanced Mother & Child Care Cen­tre, an Ad­vanced Liver Cen­tre and an Ad­vanced Men­tal Health Care Cen­tre that would in­clude a cen­tre for child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­a­try. These cen­tres would add more than 1,000 new beds in their sep­a­rate build­ings across the 277-acre PGI cam­pus.

Of the Rs 1,742 crore sought in the plan sub­mit­ted to the union health min­istry and for­warded to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of In­dia in March, Rs 925 crore would be spent on con­struc­tion work and Rs 692 crore on equip­ment and fur­ni­ture. The rest would be spent on salaries and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

As of now, the plan is to spend Rs 229 crore in 2012 and about Rs 400 crore each in the sub­se­quent years till 2017. The cen­tres, to be built in phases, are planned to be made func­tional within the 2012-17 Plan and would be com­plete within a decade, tak­ing into ac­count the pace and man­ner of work at the PGI in the past.

Be­sides the new projects, work on the ex­pan­sion of Nehru Hospi­tal (the old PGI build­ing) — adding a new block of 250 beds in­clud­ing a 90-bed can­cer block — is al­ready on. Though all these projects were con­ceived dur­ing the 11th Plan, the in­sti­tute has sought Rs 190 crore as ad­di­tional fund­ing un­der the 12th Plan for the home stretch. In the 11th Plan, the in­sti­tute had sought Rs 625 crore, and got Rs 515 crore.

Apart from the four pa­tient care clin­i­cal cen­tres, the in­sti­tute plans to set up a Rs 50-crore Ur­ban & Ru­ral Health Cen­tre, for preven­tion of stroke, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, brain stroke and di­a­betes. The cen­tre will be given an­nual fund­ing of Rs 3 crore by the In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR).

Be­sides that, the in­sti­tute is go­ing to fo­cus on or­gan do­na­tion and trans­plant ser­vices. It has pro­posed to set up an Or­gan Re­trieval Bank­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ORBO) on the lines of the one at Delhi-based All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences, which will be built at a cost of Rs 50 crore. The ORBO will work on ca­daver liver trans­plant, corneal and reti­nal ser­vices, eye bank, bone bank and or­gan trans­plan­ta­tion cen­tre. RE­SEARCH AND STUDY PLANS A ma­jor area of fo­cus in the com­ing five years would be strength­en­ing the di­ag­nos­tic and re­search fa­cil­i­ties by es­tab­lish­ing a Bio-Safety Lab­o­ra­tory-3 for re­search on an­i­mals. So far, only the Na­tional Jalma In­sti­tute of Lep­rosy and other My­cobac­te­rial Dis­eases in Agra has this so­phis­ti­cated lab­o­ra­tory for an­i­mals. It will be built at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Sim­i­larly, to strengthen re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the in­sti­tute, the PGI has planned to set up a Cen­tre for Trans­la­tional Re­search at a cost of Rs 50 crore, which would fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the tem­per­a­ment of PGI re­searchers in a way that the re­sults of their work are more specif­i­cally ap­pli­ca­ble to peo­ple at large.

The in­sti­tute is also plan­ning to ex­pand its aca­demic ex­panse by open­ing new de­part­ments and adding new cour­ses and dis­ci­plines, for which it has sought Rs 50 crore. Among the project is a School of Hospi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion on the lines of the present School of Public Health. The project will cost Rs 4 crore. FUND­ING HOPES The fund­ing for most of the ad­vanced cen­tres would come from the up­com­ing 12th Five Year Plan. Ac­cord­ing to se­nior of­fi­cials of the PGI, fund­ing would not be a prob­lem for the in­sti­tute that en­ters its golden ju­bilee year this July 7.

“In view of the up­com­ing golden ju­bilee of the in­sti­tute, we will strengthen the in­sti­tute. We want the PGI to come up with new ad­vanced cen­tres,” union health sec­re­tary PK Prad­han had clearly said last month, when he was here to at­tend the PGI’s an­nual con­vo­ca­tion.

“We have been as­sured by the health min­istry about the fund­ing for the new projects, and we are very hopeful that all our dream projects will ma­te­ri­alise,” said Manju Wad­walkar, of­fi­cial spokesper­son, PGI.

But Dr BK Sharma, for­mer di­rec­tor of the PGI, wants fo­cus on the pe­riph­eral ser­vices too. “Be­sides get­ting new cen­tres, there should be fo­cus on main­tain­ing the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. There is not much space left on cam­pus, so the PGI should con­sider satel­lite cen­tres on the lines of Delhi’s AIIMS. These cen­tres should be fully funded by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and be un­der the con­trol of the PGI.”


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