Agartala: The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Health Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar on Saturday arrived in Agartala on a three-day visit to review the health infrastructure and undergoing projects in Tripura.

Pawar visited Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Cancer Centre (ABVRCC) in Agartala, and inaugurated the Central Sterile Supply of Department (CSSD). She also visited various facilities including the radiation centre, chemotherapy unit and simulator unit. 

Dr Pawar also interacted with local ASHA workers and said the ABVRCC is playing a very important and critical role in providing medical care to cancer patients in the state.

Speaking with reporters, Dr Pawar said the work for infrastructural development in the entire Northeast region has been going on for the past seven years and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants it to extend further, especially in  health facilities.

“This centre is working with special attention in screening, medical facilities, chemotherapy, post surgical and out patient department. The strength of the service will be expanded further. Radiation therapy machines are also installe d and dedicated for the service of the patient,” Dr Pawar added.

Speaking further, the MoS Health said patients who have AYUSH Bharat registration are also getting service here in addition to the generic medicine for all.

“We are working to ensure better health service and infrastructural development here in Tripura. The government has made efforts in improving the health facilities by boosting PHC and sub-centres. We want that all districts get facilities and an oxygen plant and other facilities are made available,” she added.

The minister said the Prime Minister has called for “health for all” and thus no stone will be left unturned to reach the last person. This cancer hospital is the largest in the region and the bed capacity which was initially 100 has been increased to 200 to provide better service for all.

The MoS is also likely to meet the chief minister later this evening. On Sunday, Dr Pawar will visit Gomati District Hospital before attending the inaugural ceremony of a hospital building in Sabroom sub-division. On Monday, she will visit a vaccination centre before leaving for Delhi.

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