A government-run cancer hospital is coming up soon, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday.
Addressing the inaugural function of a private eye hospital in Imphal, Singh said that the ongoing construction of the cancer hospital in Imphal’s JNIMS hospital complex will be completed soon.
The Wangkhei Eye Hospital that was inaugurated on Sunday is empaneled for Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and Manipur Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang services.
He said it was targeted to complete the government-run cancer hospital by December, however, due to recent rains, it was delayed and that it may open by February.
He also informed that the OPD was already functional.
The cancer hospital at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) was among several developmental projects Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for in January this year.
This state-of-art cancer hospital is being constructed at a cost of Rs 160 crore on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
The chief minister stressed the importance of infrastructure and man-power and said that his government was encouraging both private, government and PPP models, and taking up development of infrastructure through government as well as PPP model.
He highlighted the setting up of institutes like the Churachandpur Medical College, private medical college under Shija and increment of MBBS seats at JNIMS.
The chief minister highlighted healthcare infrastructure developments and informed that Oxygen plants and ICU beds have been installed at all districts and 24×7 solar power supplied at three districts (hospitals) in Churachandpur, Chandel and Tamenglong.
Stating that health is everything, the chief minister stressed that the “Chief Minister’s Health for All” mission was implemented and launched so that regular health check-ups could be taken by people at their homes.
The benefit of the mission was that now “we can identify ailments at an early stage before it becomes chronic,” he said.
“We should always remember that prevention is better than cure,” he added.
The chief minister further said that improvement of healthcare did not mean improving only hospitals, but also strengthening man-power and improving infrastructures.
Eye-care was also very important, he said, and lauded private individuals who rendered their service for the people. Nagaland Post