Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday inaugurated Rs 1.66 crore Digital Radiography System (DRS) at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla.
Singh said that this machine was a new era in radiography which not only save patients time but will be highly useful in diagnostic and research work. “This machine has ability to digital transfer images to different computers where X-ray can be visualized immediately and the X-ray of whole body can be done without manually shifting the patient or cassette. Further, the machine has 60 percent less radiation as compare to traditional photographic film,” Singh said, adding that last year was remarkable for the health sector in the state.
The Chief Minister said that construction of new OPD Block at IGMC Shimla was started at a cost of Rs 160 crore and a new super specialty hospital was near completion in DRPGMC Tanda which will soon be inaugurated and it will be a big step in the health sector.
Singh said that IGMC has emerged as a Centre of Excellence whereas a complete township has been emerged in DRPGMC Tanda which has adequate space for further expansion.
“IGMC Shimla has paucity of space and Government has decided to shift the Dental and Nursing Colleges near Ghanhatti which will help in decongestion,” the Chief Minister.
He said that this second campus of IGMC will have 100 bedded hospital and residential facilities for Doctors and staff.
The Chief Minister said that ESI Medical College and Hospital was being constructing at Nerchowk in Mandi district which will cater the medical need of the people of the area.
He said that Himachal has three zones and only Mandi was left with specialized medical facilities. He said that Mandi hospital was linked with ESI Medical College till its own hospital was completed and made functional.
Virbhadra Singh said that the state government has accorded top priority to the health sector and a full-fledged Mother and Child Care Hospital was developed at Kamla Nehru Hospital Shimla.
He said that all medical, surgical and gynecological specialty facilities will be provided at KNH and a new block was being constructed. He said that a new Hospital Block of Din Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) was also being constructed and emphasis is being given to provide best medical facilities in rural areas.
Singh also expressed his gratitude to Government of India and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for providing liberal aid for the development and expansion of health facilities in the state. He added that GoI had included IGMC Shimla under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Sewa Yojna (PMSSY) and also approved a new Operation Theater (OT) complex.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh was awarded as a Best State Award in Health Sector among big States recently. He congratulated medics and para-medics for this award and hoped that they would continue to serve the patients with dedication and devotion. He said that Government has provided all assistance for betterment of health services in the State. He said that the State Government had increased 200 posts of Doctors of which 160 would be filled this year while 40 next year. He said that various posts of para-medical staff were also being filled.