Himanta assures new medical projects for rural hospitals

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HT Correspondent

DHEMAJI, June 11: Assam health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma vowed to initiate a number of new medical projects to boost health sector in the state. The minister laid the foundation of 100-beded sub-divisional civil hospital at Jonai in Dhemaji district on Monday evening.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at Jonai CHC premise on the occasion, Sarma said the state government has committed to improve the health care services in the state and accordingly taken up extensive health policy to ensure health insurance of all sections of people.

Stating that construction works of two medical colleges- at Lakhimpur and Diphu are under rapid progress, the minister informed that his government has taken decision to set up more GNM schools in different parts of the state. He also assured to sanction a GNM institute at Jonai with a capacity of 50 enrolment in a batch.

“Our government is committed to improve community health through providing modern health care facilities in the state hospitals. We have agreed with Mumbai based Tata Trust to set up altogether 19 cancer hospitals in the state. An amount of Rs 2,000 crore from state share has been earmarked for the work”, Sarma informed, while adding that five medical college hospitals of Assam would each get a 100-bed oncology wing with advanced equipment like linear accelerators, cobalt machines, PET/CT scan machines and MRI within this year.

The state government under the joint aegis of Union government and National Health Mission (NHM) has funded Rs 22.33 crore for construction of the sub-divisional civil hospital at Jonai, which is scheduled to be completed within two years. The construction includes two Operation Theatres along with an emergency OT wing, blood bank, OPD building and residential quarter for the medical staffs.

Earlier, the minister laid the foundation of the permanent secretariat building of Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district. An amount of Rs 5 crore has been estimated for it out of which Rs 3 crore has been within this fiscal. He also inaugurated construction of 2-lane road linking National Highway-15 and Silapathar town in the district. The road is funded under ‘Uttaran’ scheme for 144-Jonai (ST) LAC. An amount of Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned for the 7 km long roadwork.

The minister was accompanied by Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, Dhemaji MLA Dr Ronuj Pegu and Jonai MLA Bhuban Pegu besides a host of government officer and BJP leaders on his day-long itinerary.

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