While presiding over a meeting of the Health Department here on late Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that one health institution in each Assembly Constituency of the State would be developed as ‘Adarsh Swasthaya Sansthan’, where 134 types of laboratory test facilities, specialists and medical staff and the latest ‘State of the Art’ MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound and digital X-ray facilities would be provided. He said that this would reduce the dependence of local residents on the district hospitals. He said that infrastructure for medical and nursing education would also be strengthened.
The Chief Minister said that the present State Government has accorded top priority to the health sector so that world-class medical facilities could be provided to the patients within the State which would go a long way in saving the time and money of the people to a great extent. He said that the State Government was now working on strengthening the health infrastructure and diagnostic facilities in the health institutions of the State to ensure better health care to the people at their door steps.
Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that robotic surgery facility would be started on a pilot basis in IGMC Shimla and Medical College Tanda in the next six months and training will be imparted to doctors and other staff in this respect soon. He said that the Health Secretary would submit a detailed report within 15 days detailing the requisite number of doctors and other staff in different categories to start robotic surgery.
The Chief Minister said that keeping in view the increasing number of cancer patients, a Centre of Excellence for Cancer Care would be opened in Dr. Radhakrishanan Government Medical College, Hamirpur, for which a provision of Rs. 400 crore has been made and 150 beds would be dedicated only to the oncology department. He said that the government would equip all the Medical Colleges of the State with modern health machinery and equipment to provide better health facilities and adequate provision of funds would be made for this vital sector.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sanjay Awasthi, Principal Advisor (IT & Innovations) to the Chief Minister, Gokul Butail, Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Secretary Health, M. Sudha Devi, Secretary Finance, Akshay Sood, Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister, Vivek Bhatia and senior officers of the Health Department also attended the meeting.