New PHSC centers inaugurated at Lachung and Lachen

Mangan, 23 Jul [IPR]:

On atwo-day tour to Lachen and Lachung in North Sikkim, Minister for Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare Department, AK Ghatani, today inaugurated the newly constructed Primary Health Sub Centers [PHSCs] at Lachung and Lachen.

The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner cum Secretary, HCHS&FWD, Vishal Chauhan, Director,DrUttamPradhan, Additional Chief Engineer,District Collector, North, SDM, CMOand SDPO Chungthang.

Health Secretary, MrChauhan, presented a brief technical report of both the infrastructures.

The Lachung PHCS is a 2500 sq ft well equipped center and has a separate two-unit quarterconstructed at a total cost of Rs 1 crore 29 lakhs. The Lachen PHSC is a 5000sq ft building with guest rooms and well equipped facilities constructed at a cost of Rs1crore 29 lakhs.

During the inauguration of the centers, Pipons from Lachen and LachungDzumsa requested the department to depute a doctor and a nurse along with an ambulance for the said PHSCs.

They stated that due to high inflow of tourists, there is tremendous demand for proper health services. They added that owing to the topography of the areas, high number of accidents occurred in the area.

The Minister in his keynote address said that the State Government has not left any stone unturned to provide quality health care facilities to the people. He added that though the Government of India norms does not provide for a doctor in a PHSC, taking into consideration the difficult terrain and remoteness of the area, he assured that certain arrangements will be worked out.

“The PHSCs can be converted intohealth and wellness centers with provision of one doctor and a staff nurse. The centers will have all medicines and will also manage non-communicable diseases like BP, altitude sickness, diabetes, etc,” he added.

He also declared that ambulance will be provided through CSR to these PHSCs since they are far-flung areas. He added that the State Government has provided best possible infrastructuresfor all PHCs and PHSCs in North district to have their own premises and that it is the responsibility of the people to provide social fencing.

Highlighting on the CATCH programme in the State, MrGhatani said, “According to a GOI survey, the average life span of the people here has increased by 10 years. During the screening programme of CATCH, it was revealed that most people suffer from lifestyle diseases and to manage this, the State Government is also giving much impetus to holistic medicine.”

He also said that since North district is prone to natural calamities, the Health Department has established a Trauma Center at the District Hospital in Mangan along with provision of a new Blood Bank.

“Chief Minister PawanChamlinghad expressed concern over the safety of the District Hospital building after it was damaged by the 2011 earthquake. A new hospital building was immediately sanctioned and works are in progress on a war footing basis,” said MrGhatani.

The Minister also highlighted the policy the State Government to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2022.

He further congratulated all the stakeholders for 0% Maternal Mortality rate in the district and achieving 100% Institutional Delivery.