Mizoram governor meets PM Modi over poor health infrastructure
Mizoram Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and submitted a memorandum for setting up of a medical science and research institute on par with New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Mizoram.
According to a statement issued by the governor’s office, Modi was made aware of the key issues with regard to the health situation in the state of Mizoram, “with special highlight on HIV/AIDS, cancer, malaria, heart attacks/neurological problems, etc.”
In his meeting with Modi, Pillai stressed on the under-developed health infrastructure of the state, “with basic amenities unavailable even at the District Headquarters.”
“Prime Minister was also informed that even in the state capital the hospitals do not have adequate medical infrastructure for treatment of some critically ill patients and that the serious patients, most of the time, are needed to be shipped out of the state, incurring huge expenditures,” the statement said.
Pillai formally proposed “setting up of AIIMS or AIIMS-like super speciality facility in Mizoram” with a memorandum to Modi. “That is the only way for easy access to affordable medical care and expert treatment,” the governor said.
The state’s only Zoram Medical College, earlier known as Mizoram Institute of Medical Education & Research (MIMER), was established by the Government of Mizoram at State Referral Hospital, Falkawn, under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals’ with a project cost of Rs 189 lakhs and funding pattern 90:10. It was inaugurated in 2018.