Silchar: A whopping Rs.140 crore will be spent for ramping up the health infrastructure at Silchar Medical College and Hospital. This was disclosed by State Health and Family Welfare, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma while inaugurating a 40-bedded ICU and 40-bedded COVID ward at SMC&H on Saturday, stated a press release.
On the occasion Dr. Sarma said that it was a red letter day for SMC&H that a new ICU and a COVID Care Ward had been opened together with laying of foundation stone of six projects that included a 500-bedded Emergency Hospital at a cost of Rs.96.05 crore and infrastructure for increasing the number of MBBS seats from 100 to 150 at a cost of Rs.45.86 crore.
Dr.Sarma said, together with new state-of-the-art infrastructure coming up and those added to SMC&H, a level two cancer hospital was being built at an estimated cost of Rs.133 crore. The minister revealed that besides the cancer hospital, another 15 cancer hospitals were coming up in different districts of the State within two years. “The new cancer hospitals coming up will be run by a professional set up that include TATA Trust, Government of Assam and Assam Care Foundation,” he added.
Making an impassioned plea to the people of Cachar district, especially elderly, to undergo Rapid Antigen Test, Dr.Sarma said, “The 59 deaths would not have happened if the elderly and aged have come forward to the hospital on time for treatment. Those having COVID-like symptoms like fever, cough and cold, diarrhoea must report to the hospital for early treatment. I assure you that we will send them back home healthy” said Dr.Sarma.
Source: Official Press Release