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Three weeks to go for PIGMER satellite centre’s inauguration Building ready, but it’s not yet an OPD

“But the institute has to put the required things into place before starting the OPD here,” said an HSCC official.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Sangrur |
August 28, 2016 3:39:49 am
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It has no medical equipment, no furniture in the consulting rooms, and the operating theatre is bare. There are also no doctors. Yet, in three weeks the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s (PGIMER’s) new satellite OPD at Sangrur will be inaugurated.

On Friday, PGI Director Dr Yogesh Chawla called a meeting of senior faculty members and senior officials where he announced that Union Health Minister J P Nadda wanted to inaugurate the OPD at Sangrur on September 18. On Saturday, Chawla along with senior officials rushed to Sangrur to assess the situation.

The Indian Express also visited the centre on Saturday and found that the construction work of the OPD and guest house for the still-to- be-hired doctors and other staff were almost ready.

Officials of the Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation Limited (HSCC), the agency responsible for the project, said they are prepared to handover the site to PGI authorities before September 18.

“But the institute has to put the required things into place before starting the OPD here,” said an HSCC official.

The Institute’s administration, sources said, is now looking for alternatives, including shifting furniture and equipment from PGIMER Chandigarh.

“They [administration] may purchase some furniture on urgent basis or they may shift some furniture from PGI. It is not possible to get delivery of all medical equipment required at the centre within a short span of time so if needed PGI can shift some of the equipment from Chandigarh to Sangrur to begin the operation,” said the the faculty member. The tenders for medical equipment, furniture and other items for the centre floated by the PGI are likely to be opened in first week of September.

What will be inaugurated on September 18 is a one-storey building with eight OPDs, one for each specialist consultant. There are also other rooms for physiotherapy, x-ray, and a “minor OT”. There are other rooms for administrative and technical staff, as well as a cafe. Except for centralised air conditioning, and an LED display board at the reception for queue management, the building is quite bare at the moment.

“Bare minimum requirement will be fulfilled to start the OPDs at Sangrur from September 18,” PGI spokesperson Dr Ashok Kumar told The Indian Express.

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The process for hiring doctors will begin only on September 1. The hospital administration has announced walk-in interviews for 14 assistant professors, 13 non-academic senior residents, and four medical officers on contract basis.

“The institute has so far no clue who will provide the catering services at the guest house [where doctors and other staff at the hospital will stay]. In such circumstances it will be difficult task to start the OPD,” said a PGI faculty.

This first phase of the project is for “temporary OPDs”. The HSCC officials said that in Phase II, a 300-bedded hospital will be constructed, and the OPDs, will be shifted there.

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