Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Monday inaugurated a 1,000-bedded hospital at Sokeythang, Gangtok. The multi-speciality hospital, being hailed as a ‘mini AIIMS’ in terms of infrastructure, will aim to bring back specialist doctors working in various parts of the country.
“We have and we want to bring all the doctors working in various parts of the country to serve in this multi-specialty hospital,” the CM had said in a recent public programme.
The foundation stone for the hospital was laid on February 10, 2010 by the CM. Today, the 13-storeyed state-of-the-art hospital is the biggest of such infrastructures in the entire region.
Addressing the inaugural function, Chamling dedicated the ultra-modern hospital to the people of Sikkim. Expressing his happiness, the CM said that this is the biggest government hospital in the country after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He said that the government will continue to safeguard the history of Sikkim and hence the new hospital will be called the ‘New STNM Multi-Speciality Hospital’.
Chamling announced that the new hospital will be fully functional from February 1 this year.
The hospital has been built at a cost of Rs 1,281 crore on about 15 acres of land. The main block houses all the general, surgical and speciality departments along with 11 major and 12 departmental operation theatres with the latest surgery equipment, MRI, CT and Revolution Evo 128 slice CT scanners including OPG and DOPPLER medical equipment.
The separate Annexe Ward Building features four deluxe, six special single, two La Famme, 28 single- and 36 double-bedded cabins with fully furnished stores, medical record room, workshop, pantry and other services including doctors and nurses transit facilities.
Besides, the 1000-bedded hospital is fully computerised with support services featuring water supply, power supply, incinerator and treatment plants as well as a 300-seater auditorium with audio-video instrumentations, a library and gymnasium.
Within the complex also sits a 962-sq-m Ayush Block to provide traditional care in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy besides Amji.
To facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, the hospital boasts of a radio therapy facility with high-end CT simulator, LINAC Braclay therapy equipment and a Digital Linear Accelerator, installed and operated, under the guidance of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India.
Within this mega complex also is a 119-bedded Yatri Niwas with dining and medical room facility and a Nursing College which was inaugurated by the CM on September 10 last year.