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Kumar conducts surprise inspection of under construction hospitals

The secretary in-charge of the state health department and the Mission Director (MD), National Health Mission (NHM), R Rajesh Kumar conducted a surprise inspection of the under construction health units in Dehradun and Haridwar districts on Monday. The sudden inspection of the secretary in-charge of the proposed cancer hospital in Harrawala in Dehradun, Community Health Centre (CHC), Bhoopatwala and women and child wing of district female hospital of Haridwar district created panic in the system.

The 300 bed Shakuntala Rani Sardari Lal Oberoi government maternity cancer hospital in Harrawala is being constructed at a cost of Rs 106 crore. The work execution agency of the hospital told the secretary in charge that 55 per cent of the work is complete and the project would get completed by March next year. Kumar expressed annoyance at the slow pace of construction work and directed that the work should be expedited while keeping the quality of construction in mind.

After Harawala, Kumar inspected the construction site of a 30 bed CHC in Bhupatwala, Haridwar. Here he found that the work is going on at a very slow pace. Expressing annoyance the secretary in charge curtly told the agency to complete the work before June 2023.

In Haridwar Kumar also inspected the under construction building of 200 bed mother and child wing of district female hospital. The project is being taken up with a budget of Rs 39 crore. The officials of the work execution agency informed the secretary that the project would get complete before March next year. Kumar directed the agency to submit a proposal for construction of a connecting corridor between the female hospital and district hospital.

Kumar told the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Haridwar, Dr Khagendra Kumar to submit fortnightly reports on the status of constructions of buildings in his area. He also directed him to prepare proposals for medical equipment and human resources needed for these projects so that the general public is able to take advantage of the facilities. Daily Pioneer

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