Singtam Hospital gets Sikkim's first HbA1C diabetes testing machine

Singtam, 25 Jun [IPR]:

Minister for Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department, Arjun Kumar Ghatani, inaugurated two newly installed machines of Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test [CBNAAT] and HbA1C at District Hospital in Singtam today.

The CB-NAAT machine is used for diagnosing Tuberculosis & Multi Drug Resistant TB while the HbA1C machine is used for Diabetes testing.

With the installation of these machines, TB/MDR TB can be diagnosed through CB-NAAT within two hours and the level of glucose in blood with HbA1C in 3.5 minutes.

It may be mentioned here, the HbA1C machine is the first of its kind in any of the hospitals in the State of Sikkim.

Mr Ghatani and Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Vishal Chauhan, jointly inspected the ongoing construction of Trauma Centre and Gynecology OT in the hospital complex and interacted with the patients and staff of the District Hospital, Singtam.

Later, he also inaugurated Centre for Addiction Medicine [CAM] at Chuwatar in Singtam in the presence of Member of Parliament [Lok Sabha], PD Rai, and MLA West Pendam constituency, Gopal Baraily.

It is to be informed here that the 11 bedded CAM was constructed in phase wise manner involving project cost of Rs 14 lakh in Phase I and Rs 45 lakh in Phase II. The third phase for vertical extension of the centre is likely to commence at the earliest at the cost of Rs 30 lakh. Out of total estimated cost of Rs 89 lakh, an amount of Rs 50 lakh has been funded under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Programme.

The two storied building will facilitate the requirements of male wards and rooms for doctor, counsellor, psychologist, storage, waiting hall, MDR Card, pharmacy, recreation & multipurpose hall, canteen along with kitchen for OPD patients.

Mr Ghatani, in his address, said that the State Government is working tirelessly in the field of mental health under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.

The Minister expressed his happiness over establishment of the centre and assured to provide qualitative medical services to the patients and urged the concerned authority to ensure security of health staff in the institution. He urged the concerned officials to maintain the newly inaugurated centre with full sense of responsibility.

He also appealed for collaborative efforts to work together to curb the menace of substance abuse in the State.

Mr Ghatani also sensitized the public on HPV vaccine that is to be launched in Sikkim for females between 09-14 years of age.

In the context of the newly installed machines at District Hospital in Singtam, Mr Ghatani said that the installation and inauguration of CB-NAAT machine for the detection of TB/ MDR TB and HbA1C for diagnosis of diabetes is another notable achievement to provide advanced medical services. He informed that the State Government is providing financial assistance of Rs 3000 to TB patients for nutritional support on monthly basis.

He also urged the concerned health officials to accelerate the CATCH programme so that silent killer diseases can be detected at an early stage.

Member of Parliament, Mr Rai, expressed satisfaction on the establishment of the de-addiction centre and marked the asset as necessary infrastructure to combat issues of mental health in the State.

He further placed suggestions for adoption of holistic approach of scientific and social aspects together to root out substance abuse and addiction from the State.

He expressed gratitude to the CM for his initiatives to address issues of mental health.

MLA, Mr Baraily, thanked the Department of Health for the establishment of Centre for Addiction Medicine at Chuwatar.

The Minister, MP and Area MLA also inspected ongoing construction of ANM Training School-cum-Hostel and Drug Testing Laboratory at Chuwatar.

Earlier, the programme began with plantation drive to observe Ten Minutes to Earth at the CAM premises wherein Mr Ghatani and other officials planted saplings of Areca nut species.