Rs. 1689 crore being spent on health sector : Kaul Singh Thakur

Sep 04, 2016 18:20 | Health & Religion

Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said Himachal Pradesh was the leading State of the country to provide quality health services to its citizens at their door steps and the State Government was further working to strengthen this vital sector besides setting up new milestones.

He was presiding over the second bi-annual conference-cum-golden jubilee alumni meet of the H.P. Ophthalmologists Society at Kufri near Shimla today.

 The Minister said Rs. 1689 crore were being spent on health and medical education during current financial year. Four new medical colleges were coming up in the State out of which the classes would start in Dr. Y.S. Parmar Medical College, Nahan from this year whereas the Chamba and Hamirpur Medical Colleges would be made functional soon. He said ESIC Medical College and Hospital set up in Ner Chowk at a cost of Rs. 850 crore would also be made functional in a short period. In order to decongest IGMC, Shimla, another premises was being set up at Chamiyana for which 250 bighas of land had been made available. The Dental College and Nursing College would also be shifted to another place.

He said cancer hospital was coming up at Mandi by spending Rs. 45 crore. He said super specialty block had been constructed at Tanda Medical College by spending a sum of Rs. 45 crore and around 250 posts had been filled up in this hospital by the present government. He added that more than 600 posts of different categories had also been filled up in IGMC, Shimla.

Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that with a view to strengthen the health care network in the rural areas of the State, the Government had opened and upgraded 145 health institutes.  

He said the health coverage of the State was far better than the average of the country and the State had one health sub centre for 2990 people whereas the national average was 5615 persons. Similarly, one primary health centre was available for 12921 persons and community health centre for 80208 persons and the State was also spending Rs. 26000 per person for health treatment, which was highest in the country.

The Health Minister urged the doctors to commit themselves in the services of the suffering humanity and work with utmost dedication. He said the eyes were one of the most important organs of the body and the government was providing every possible help to treat the eye patients. He expressed hope that during this conference of the ophthalmologists would get an excellent platform to deliberate the new innovations in the field besides sharing their experiences.

Shri Thakur also released the souvenir of Ophthalmologists Society on the occasion and honoured  Dr. Jagat Ram, the renowned ophthalmologist from Himachal Pradesh for the invention of double crystallite lens in America.

He distributed prizes for presenting papers to Dr. Balram, Dr. Aakanksha, Dr. Dipti and Dr. Mohit.

Principal IGMC, Shimla Dr. Ashok Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

The ophthalmologists from PGI, Chandigarh and from other States are also participating in the conference.