Ben, 03 Ma (IPR): Health Minister Arjun Kumar Ghatani today inaugurated a Primary Health Sub Centre (PHSC) in the presence of the concerned area MLA [Temi Namphing], Minister Garjaman Gurung, here at Ben in South Sikkim.
The two storied, eight-room PHSC building has been established at a sanctioned cost of Rs 50 lakhs.
The construction commenced on 22 February 2018 and was completed on 22 February 2019.
Various medical facilities like General OPD, MCH Clinic, ANC/ PNC room, Labour Room, Dressing room, Nurses Duty Room and a storeroom have been accommodated in the ground floor and a two-room residential quarter for medical staff is provided on the first floor.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Gurung expressed gratitude towards the department for providing a genuinely-needed health infrastructure after it was reportedly damaged by the devastating earthquake.
He urged the medical staff to make patients and students about healthy lifestyles and need for proper counselling to make them psychologically healthy and strong.
Mr Gurung also congratulated the residents for developmental works seen in their area, which include upgradation of Ben School, the recently sanctioned road connectivity to Lakhim Gaon etc.
He also urged them to deliver on their responsibilities along with taking privilege of their rights.
Further, he also elaborated on the transformation of the state in various spheres, including social and economic status, educational development and women’s empowerment.
The Health Minister, in his address, congratulated the people of Ben and the surrounding area for the newly established health infrastructure to ensure basic medical facilities for the people.
He also highlighted the various medical facilities being provided in the upgraded healthcare scenario of the state and in this regard mentioned the 1000-bed Multi Speciality Hospital in Gangtok, upgradation of District Hospital at Namchi and Community Health Centre at Jorethang in South Sikkim as a mark of notable recent developments in the health sector.
He also urged the people to take ownership of these facilities to preserve and protect government assets to ensure long term benefits.
He also underlined the launch of HPV vaccination, CATCH, TB elimination Campaign as remarkable health initiatives and urged the concerned Medical Officer to submit requisition for the new PHSC and assured to provide required facilities at the earliest.
At the outset, Superintendent Engineer, Health Department, Basant Tamang, presented the technical report while the Additional Chief Engineer, CM Khatiwara, coordinated the programme.