Dental College Shimla and Nursing College would be shifted to Gharog near Ghanahatti so as to decongest Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) Shimla to provide best medical care facilities to the patients and other visitors in this campus. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said this while presiding over a high-level meeting of decongestion of present IGMC campus and identification of alternate site, here on Saturday.
Chief Minister said that more than five thousand patients, attendants and other visitors daily come to IGMC, which was presently over-crowded and thus shifting out some wings was the only option. He said that a dental wing would continue to remain in IGMC to provide emergency care.
Virbhadra Singh said that around Rs. 100 crore new hundred bedded hospital comprising both dental and nursing colleges would be constructed at Gharog to cater to the need of patients of nearby areas adding that additional accommodation like hostels and residential accommodation for Medical and Paramedical staff would also be constructed there.
Chief Minister said that a new multi-storeyed OPD block with parking facilities for four hundred vehicles, dedicated to IGMC hospital only, would be constructed right from Cart Road till Lakkar Bazar road. Besides, OPD, Trauma Centre, Causality, minor Operation Theatre and rooms for Medical Specialists would also be constructed on which about Rs. 50 crores would be spent. Apart from staircases, this block would also be provided with elevator facility. He said that old blocks of present OPD would be demolished after the construction of new OPD building to provide more open space.
Singh said that the Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH) would be developed as full-fledged Mother & Child Hospital. A new block having capacity of hundred beds alongwith parking of hundred vehicles would be constructed at KNH besides deploying additional specialist doctors so that the hospital caters efficient services to the patients and other visitors.
He said that Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital (DDU) would also be developed as City Hospital with adequate parking and other facilities. He directed the PWD and architects to plan accordingly and ensure quality work for all new medical hospitals keeping in view the requirement of future needs.
Singh added that a Super Specialty Hospital would be set up in private sector. He directed the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla to identify the suitable land for the same so that better health care facilities be provided to people of the State.
Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that efforts were being done to fill vacant posts of Specialists, Doctors and other paramedical staff so as to provide best medical facilities to the people in the State. He said that many posts of Medical Officers and other staff remained vacant during previous Government regime, which caused inconvenience to the people.