Namchi: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay laid the foundation stone of a 300-bed district hospital at the Singithang Ground on Saturday.
The Chief Minister extended his congratulations to the people of the state for this upcoming healthcare infrastructure. “The state government aims to build a robust public healthcare system in Sikkim wherein expert doctors and other specialists are available to treat the public. Only constructing a state of the art infrastructure is not enough. It should have easy availability of efficient health caregivers and also be accessible to the public at large,” said Golay.
Principal chief engineer-cum-secretary, buildings and housings Department Rajen Sharma informed that the hospital would cost about Rs 561.26 crore. The work has been awarded to the government contractor on a turnkey basis. Sharma said the project would be completed in three years, and the proposed building would be eight storeys with a parking facility and other amenities.
Regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CM said, “The COVID-19 testing is being accelerated both in rural and urban areas. With the increase in COVID-19 testing, the number of positive patients would also rise. These positive patients are being treated by healthcare professionals. As for COVID-19 vaccination, Sikkim has regularly administered vaccination to 45+ individuals and added that vaccination is crucial to manage and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic”, said the CM.
The Chief Minister said that the vaccination for 18+ would also resume at the earliest. He also updated that 18+ vaccination would start from rural areas health care centre and said that an oxygen plant would be installed at Rangpo. The CM added that mobile village clinics would commence soon and emphasised that the state government has given ambulances, especially in rural areas, to transfer COVID positive patients.