The foundation stone of a new hospital at Solan will be laid soon, around three years after the land for the project was identified. In the first phase, a maternal and child care centre will be constructed, followed by a trauma centre and a 200-bed hospital in the next two phases.
Around 79 bighas of land on the Kather bypass was selected for the hospital after former Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Parmar inspected the site in August 2018. The process to transfer land by seeking NOCs from various departments had then begun and it took several months to be completed.
The case was then sent to the Revenue Department, which raised some objections and the process was finally completed in August 2019.
The construction of the new hospital has become necessary as the existing building of the Regional Hospital is facing a space crunch and is unable to handle the increasing patient influx from Solan and Sirmaur districts.
The lack of space has also stalled the implementation of several important Central health programmes, including the setting up of an early intervention centre for the detection of deformities and deficiencies aimed at improving the survival rate, besides a maternal and child care centre for which funds had been received years ago.
The much-needed trauma centre has also failed to come up due to the paucity of space in the hospital.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Rajan Uppal, says, “The new hospital will be constructed in three phases. A maternal and child care centre and a trauma centre will be constructed in the first two phases while a 200-bed hospital will be set up in the final phase. The work will begin soon after the foundation stone is laid.” The Tribune