Gangtok , 14 Jan (IPR) : Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the 1000-bedded Multi-Speciality Government Hospital at Sochyagang, Sichey. After unveiling the plaque and formally inaugurating the Multi-Speciality Hospital, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries visited various wards including Emergency and Trauma Centre, Cytopathology, Cardiology, Cathlab, ICU, MRI, Private Rooms, and other facilities. The Chief Minister was accompanied by State Health Minister Shri A.K. Ghatani, Minister for Building & Housing Shri D.T. Lepcha, Speaker Sikkim Legislative Assembly Shri K.N. Rai, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health Shri Vishal Chauhan, and senior officers of Health Department, Doctors, and engineers of the Building & Housing Department and ACPL, Kolkata.
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The foundation stone of the Multi-Speciality Hospital was laid on 10th February, 2010 by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling. After official tenders, the work of construction of the Hospital was awarded to M/S Arctech Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata. Today, after completion, the thirteen-storey state-of-the-art hospital is the biggest of such infrastructures in the entire region.
Later, addressing the inaugural function, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling dedicated the ultra-modern Multi Speciality Hospital to the people of Sikkim. Expressing his happiness, the Chief Minister said that this is the biggest Government hospital in the country after All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He said that the Government will continue to safeguard the history of Sikkim and hence the new hospital will be called the ‘New STNM Multi-Speciality Hospital’. He announced that the new hospital will be fully functional from 1st of February, 2019. He directed the officials of the Health department to facilitate immediate shifting. The Chief Minister shared some of the key features, the facilities available and the services to be offered in the new Hospital.
The Chief Minister further informed that the hospital will be fully digital and all District Hospitals will be digitally linked with it. He added that this would aid the people in the districts to avail treatment in the new hospital. He further shared that the hospital will have round the clock health care assistants for patients. He informed that eight number of 24-seater government buses will ferry patients every day to and from Gangtok. He said that the buses will be free of cost and will be available round the clock.
The Chief Minister informed that ICU ambulances will be made available to ferry patients from the districts. He informed the gathering that four numbers of ICU ambulances and four passenger buses have been donated by the Chairman of ACPL Shri Shamalendu Ghoshal, and he thanked him for the noble gesture.
The Chief Minister further informed that the hospital has world class treatment facilities with latest equipments, so that the people of Sikkim do not have to travel outside the State for any kind of treatment.
He said that the people of Sikkim will now have access to world class medical treatment at their doorstep. They will not have to travel outside the state and hence will save a lot on the travelling cost. He said that the hospital will also open up avenues of employment and added that over hundred people from Burtuk constituency have already been employed in various C and D Grade categories. He added that the hospital will employ three-four people from each constituency in the coming days.
The Chief Minister further said that the hospital will also cater to the people of the neighbouring States.
He however stated that the people of the nearby areas will benefit the most from the hospital. The value of land will increase, and the place will give the people an identity and prestige, he added. The place will become a medical and education hub and will also bring about multiple business opportunities like shops and cafeteria, taxis and hotels and other avenues. He urged the people in the nearby areas not to carry out any kind of construction work on road side as that would obstruct road widening and related works in future. He called upon the people to have a sense of ownership for the world class asset and cooperate with the Hospital management, in the larger interest of the people of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister said that the Government Medical College whose foundation stone was also laid today would be completed before the scheduled time of three years. He reiterated the Government’s decision to offer medical education free of cost to Sikkimese students.
The Chief Minister emphasized on the need to focus on preventive health care. He also called for the need to strengthen the psycho-somatic department in the Hospital, as most of the illness is psycho-somatic and not clinical. He elaborated on the importance of having a healthy mind along with a healthy body.
In the end, he congratulated the Doctors and all health workers for the inauguration of the hospital and urged everyone to serve the people of Sikkim with utmost sincerity.
Earlier, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health, Shri Vishal Chauhan in his welcome address gave a brief outline of the main features of the hospital. He expressed his thankfulness to Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling for making the hospital a possibility.
PCE-cum-Secretary, Building & Housing Department, Shri R.B. Thapa presented the technical report of the 1000 bedded Multi-Specialty Hospital.
The hospital was built at a total cost of Rs. 1281 crores on about fifteen acres of land. The hospital is a eight moment magnitude resistant RCC structure with a single basement, ground +9 storey main block behemoth having a total built up area of 46886 sq. meters with 13 lifts and contemporary finishes in tune to a 21st century building.
The main block houses all the general, surgical and speciality departments along with eleven major and twelve departmental operation theatres with the latest surgery equipment, MRI, CT and Revolution Evo 128 slice CT scanners including OPG and DOPPLER medical equipment.
The separate Annexe Ward Building features four deluxe, six special single, two La Famme, twenty eight single and thirty-six double bedded cabins with fully furnished stores, medical record room, workshop, pantry and other services including Doctors and Nurses transit facilities in a single basement, Ground +8 storey, eight moment magnitude resistant RCC building covering a built-up area of 6876.33 sq. meters.
Besides, the 1000-bedded hospital is fully computerised with support services featuring water supply, power supply, incinerator and treatment plants as well as a 300-seater auditorium with audio-video instrumentations, a library and gymnasium.
Within the complex also sits a 962 sq. meters Ayush Block to provide traditional care in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy besides Amji.
To facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer, the Hospital boasts of a Radio Therapy facility with high end CT simulator, LINAC Braclay therapy equipment and a Digital Linear Accelerator, installed and operated, under the guidance of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India.
Within this mega complex also is a 119-bedded Yatri Niwas with dining and medical room facility and a Nursing College which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 10th September 2018.
Phase II of the project coting Rs. 451 crores consisting of quarters, police outpost, bank, post office and shopping arcade is under construction and will be completed very soon.
During the programme, Managing Director, ACPL, Shri Shamalendu Ghoshal, was felicitated by the Chief Minister for the successful completion and handing over of the State-of-the-Art Hospital to the State Government.
The Chief Minister then felicitated the first batch of thirty mid-level health providers who have just completed a six-month training on community health and will now be posted in rural parts of Sikkim. They were trained under the Ayushman Bharat Programme.
The Chief Minister also launched the 104 Health Helpline, a 24/7 call centre to register grievances, as well as seek advice and information on various pertinent health issues.
A book on Ayurveda and alternate medicine titled ‘Tripoid of Health’ authored by Dr. Gayatri Sharma, Ayurvedic Doctor at AYUSH Hospital, Sochyagang, was also released on the occasion by the Chief Minister.
As a gesture of gratitude, Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling was felicitated on the occasion by the officers, doctors and paramedical staff of the health Department. The team was led by State Health Minister Shri A.K. Ghatani along Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health Shri Vishal Chauhan.
The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, Dr. K.B. Gurung.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister of Shri Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of Sikkim Government Medical College at Sichey, Gangtok. This eill be the first every medical college in the State.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Health Shri A.K. Ghatani, Buildings and Housing Minister Shri DT Lepcha, Minister Energy & Power Shri D.D Bhutia, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Shri Ugen T Gyatso, Minister Agriculture & Horticulture Shri Somnath Poudyal, Minister Forest Shri Tshering Wangdi Lepcha, MLA Upper Burtuk Constituency Shri D.R. Thapa, MLA Shri Hemendra Adhikari, MP Lok Sabha Shri PD Rai, Chief Secretary Shri A K Shrivastava and other officials.
Principal Chief Engineer-cum-Secretary, Roads & Bridges Department Shri R.B. Thapa briefed the Chief Minister about the upcoming Sikkim Government Medical College.
The first Government Medical College will be built in an area measuring 8.15 acres at a cost of Rs. 555.29 crores and will be established as per MCI norms. The Multi-Speciality Hospital in due course will also be the teaching hospital to this Medical College.
There are four major components this project besides internal roads and landscaping:
• A seven-storey academic cum administrative building with a total built up area of 17306 sq meters
• Modifications to the Multi-Specialty Hospital for teaching facilities
• 15 separate residential accommodations for staffs and students
• And other infrastructural services