Reiterating his government's resolve to provide better and efficient health care services at the doorsteps of people, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said that the existing health care services in all health institutions in the state, particularly in rural areas, would be strengthened.
Presiding over the 13th Annual HP State Dental Conference organised here by the Indian Dental Association (IDA) HP Chapter, he said that dentistry has emerged as a new medicinal science and as a specialised service and it is important to keep ourselves abreast with the latest scientific advances in the field.
He said that his government was committed to improving health services and has opened many institutions in remote areas of the state. He said that there were a large number of hospitals in the state and the need now was to strengthen the same with latest equipment and machinery.
Under the School Health Care Programme, regular dental check up of children is being ensured.
He assured that the government would provide improved facilities to dentists and all their genuine demands of the would be looked into.
The Chief Minister congratulated the IDA's Himachal Chapter for organising the workshop and expressed the hope that the conference would help in evaluating the skills of dentists and update them about the latest developments and research taking place in the field of dentistry.
Dr Mahesh Verma, president of IDA, stressed the need to open more dental hospitals in the state and urged the chief minister to create posts of dental surgeons in the state up to the primacy health centre level.
Social justice and empowerment minister Dhani Ram, Dr NC Rao, president, emeritus IDA; Dr Naresh K Vaidya, president, IDA HP chapter, and Dr BK Lakhanpal.
INUAGURATES 132 KV POWER SUB-STATION AT GAURA
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated 132 KV power sub-station at Gaura, constructed at a cost of `22 crore. Speaking on the occasion, he said that besides ensuring the regular supply of drinking water in Kasauli and Solan segments, the sub-station would provide improved and uninterrupted power supply to as many as 1.20 lakh people of Solan and Sirmour districts.
He said that the commissioning of the sub-station will also improve the low-voltage problem and would reduce the transmission and distribution losses.
ORDERS PROBE INTO DELAY IN COMMISSIONING OF SUB-STATION
SOLAN: Taking cognisance of the dilly-dallying approach of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, chief minister Virbhadra Singh ordered a probe into the delaying of commissioning of 132 KV power sub-station at Gaura in Solan district.
The power station has been set up to supply uninterrupted power supply to multi-crore Giri Lift Drinking water supply to further ensure regular supply of potable water to over 130 villages of Kasauli and Solan constituencies, including Solan town. The incomplete Giri scheme was dedicated by then chief minister PK Dhumal in a hasty manner after the BJP assumed power in April, 2008.
Virbhadra said that a through probe would be conducted out to find out as to why the power station was not established despite release of requisite funds by irrigation and public health department to the electricity board a couple of years ago.