Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today laid the foundation stones of new OPD and Administrative Blocks of Indira Gandhi Hospital and Medical College (IGMC) Shimla to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 56.20 crore and Rs. 10 crore respectively.
Virbhadra Singh said on the occasion that the new 11 storied OPD Block would provide better medical check-up and specialised treatment facilities to the people of the State. It would also house Trauma ward, Casualty, CT scan, Minor O.T, Emergency, X-Ray, Registration Room, along-with eight storeys of various specialities having 49 special wards. There would also be facility of waiting room and parking for the patients and their attendants. The building would start from Cart Road near Auckland tunnel and would have escalator facility.
The Chief Minister said that the annual plan for health sector had been increased to Rs.242 crore from Rs. 195 crore with an increase of 24 per cent as compare to the last budget. The medical education budget had also been enhanced from Rs. 7 crore to Rs. 30crore with four time increase. Besides, annual plan under National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) had been increased to Rs. 220 crore from Rs. 158 crore.
Virbhadra Singh said that IGMC campus remained overcrowded as two hospitals and medical college were functioning in the same campus. In order to decongest the IGMC and provide better health facilities along-with more open space, a second campus would be constructed around Ghanahti near Shimla at a cost of Rs. 150 crore which would have 100 bedded Hospital, Dental College and Nursing College, he added.
Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Government of India (GoI) and Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad for providing liberal package for development of health facilities in the State.
Virbhadra Singh said that Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH) would be upgraded to a full fledged mother and child hospital having all medical, surgical and gynaecological specialty facilities. In the first phase, a 100 bedded wing would be added besides developing parking facility. He directed the District Administration to find out a suitable site for the construction of ‘Sarai Bhawan’ near Cart Road for the use of attendants of patients and common people at cheaper rates.
Chief Minister also visited the Chopal bus accident injured persons in IGMC and enquired about their well-being. He wished them a speedy recovery. He directed the IGMC Authorities to provide best possible medical treatment free of cost to all the injured.
Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for giving top priority and liberal funding for health sector. He said that the Department of Cancer in IGMC would be upgraded as State of Art Cancer Diagnostic Services by spending Rs. 6.50 crore. He said that new machines like Linear Accelerator and Brachytherapy would be installed at Cancer Hospital and a new block of Cancer Hospital would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 10.8 crore.
He said that 465 various vacant posts in the Health Department would be filled up to provide proper health care facilities to the people of the State.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Nand Lal, Mayor Sanjay Chauhan and other senior officers were present on the occasion.