Work on mother & child care, neuro centres set to start at PGI

Facilities with 300 beds each to lessen burden on Emergency

Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 11

Advanced neuroscience and mother and child care centres are all set to see the light of day.

The work on the two facilities, having 300 beds each, is likely to start at the PGI in a month and will be completed in about three years and a half. The proposed centres were hanging fire for a decade now.

“Two different agencies have been awarded the work. It is for them to start the work now. The work is expected to start in the February-end or March,” said Prof Jagat Ram, Director, PGI.

While the neuroscience centre will come up at a cost of Rs 495 crore, the mother and child care centre will cost the PGI Rs 485 crore.

The hospital is in need of the two facilities. “For neuro, we have patients coming from the entire northern region. The Emergency is already overloaded and there is no space to accommodate patients. Thus the new facilities will reduce the burden on the Emergency,” shared Jagat Ram.

Even expectant mothers have to struggle to find a bed in the premier institute. As the PGI is often packed to capacity, they are asked to go to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. When they do not find space there, they are sent to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The two city hospitals are also overcrowded. Thus, patients face difficulties.

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