Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said his government was committed to provide quality health services to the people at their door steps and as many as 50 new health institutions had been opened or upgraded in remote areas of Himachal Pradesh during the rule of the present government.
He was speaking at the annual day function of Doctor Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College and Hospital, (RPGMC) Tanda, in Kangra.
The chief minister said three more medical colleges were being opened in the state in Chamba, Sirmaur and Hamirpur districts, for which provision of `567 crore had been made by the Centre.
Listing to the achievements of the present government in health sector, the chief minister said steps had been taken to fill up the vacant posts of the doctors in remote and far-flung areas and adequate staff and modern equipments had been ensured in these institutions.
The CM also informed that the Kamla Nehru hospital in Shimla would soon be having 100 bed mother-child care facilities that would be constructed at a cost of `16-50 crore, while around 165 bighas of land had been identified for separate campus of IGMC, Shimla.
“I am pleased to know that the Tanda Medical college is ranked first amongst the state government medical colleges in north India and 14th amongst all government-run medical colleges in the country, besides being placed at 24th position in All India Medical Colleges in the Country in 2014”, added Singh.
He congratulated the college faculty and the students for achieving the feat. “I have learnt that the college is acknowledged by the department of health research, Government of India, to initiate and promote research activities in rural medical colleges in the country,” he said, adding that RPGMC, Tanda was also the second institute in north India after PGIMER, Chandigarh, to start WHO fellowship.
Angry over not holding the meeting of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) since last one and a half year, the chief minister directed to hold same within a week. “In future, meetings of the RKS should be held regularly otherwise disciplinary action will be initiated against the officials concerned.”
Referring to the delay in construction of the two hostels for the PG students, the chief minister ordered that the construction of the hostels might be handed over to the PWD.
The chief minister also announced to open a joint division of the IPH, PWD and electricity department in Tanda, where junior engineers of the three departments would be appointed to look after the maintainance works on the RPGMC campus.
Virbhadra also assured to look into the matter regarding reserving one seat in MBBS to the family members of the persons whose land was acquired for construction of the institution.
Speaking on the occasion, technical education minister GS Bali said the RPGMC, Tanda, had come a long way to emerge one of the pioneer health institutions of the country. Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma was also present on the occasion.