Jorhat, March 8: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the state of art Cardiac Catheterization laboratory at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital here on Friday.
This is the third government hospital in the state after GMCH, Guwahati and AMCH, Dibrugarh to be installed with such a facility.
Sarma, in his inaugural address, said that this would enable the hospital to implant a pacemaker.
“By and by angioplasty surgery can be undertaken once a cardiac surgeon is appointed,” he said.
Appreciating JMCH for making giant strides in all the fields, Sarma said that though the college was new, built in 2009, compared to GMCH and AMCH, it could now be compared to the other two in facilities.
“Till today there is no good neurosurgery department in GMCH but here recently the state of art neurosurgery department was opened and two top neurosurgeons have conducted some complicated surgeries,” he said.
Sarma further said that JMCH could not be renamed, but that the earlier name of Debeswar Sarmah Civil Hospital should not be lost.
“Debeswar Sarmah was a great leader and we have decided to name the hospital wing as Debeswar Sarmah Arogya Bhawan,” Sarma said.
The Cardiac Cathlab has been built at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore.
Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, who also attended the meet, said that apart from medical treatment students should undertake research as to why there has been increase in a number of diseases like heart, cancer and kidney in this part of the region.
He also said that the nurses had sought permanent appointment and hoped that the minister would address this grievance.
Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly and Jorhat MLA Hitendra Nath Goswami, in his speech said, that all the requirements of college and hospital would be met and suggested that the hospital could be expanded by constructing two more campuses, one on the land adjoining the Jorhat Christian Medical Centre (Mission Hospital) and the NEFA campus under Arunachal Pradesh.
The Cathlab was set under the supervision of Dr Alok Jyoti Malakar.
He also said that consuming contaminated water resulted in many diseases and that as ground water in Jorhat was mostly arsenic contaminated, the Rs 300 crore project to supply fresh water from the Brahmaputra to rural areas here at Potia Gaon was almost complete and there was a proposal to expand that to the Urban areas as well.
Atul Chandra Baro, principal and chief superintendent listed the requirements of JMCH also attended the meeting.
Among the dignitaries were minister of state for power Topon Kumar Gogoi, Throwra MLA Kushal Dowari and Mahmora MLA Jogen Mohan.