New STNM Hospital was prematurely rushed to inauguration: Minister

Gangtok, 31 Jul:

Health Minister Dr MK Sharma today alleged that the previous government started the new STNM Hospital at Sochaygang in a rushed manner without bothering to complete even the civil engineering works. He mentioned that most of the facilities were not in the order and construction work was still going on in the hospital complex despite it having been opened.

He was replying to queries put forth by MLA Aditya Golay Tamang during the question hour on the third day of the Budget Session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

The Minister further stated that there were many lapses and that several corrective measures need to be undertaken in the hospital.

He added that there were engineering defects and that many things were need to be placed in order.

He stressed that the earlier government started the hospital without completing all works and without adequate preparation.

He expressed that the present government was very serious about providing the latest and high technology services to the people of Sikkim.

He assured to put all things in order to provide qualitative health service to the people.

Responding to query regarding the present state and condition of the super-speciality hospital, the Minister mentioned that initial number of beds planned for STNM Hospital at Sochaygang was 575 beds and the initial estimated cost of the project was Rs 400 crores as framed by Buildings & Housing Department.

The amount put to tender was Rs 400 crore and the amount of work order was Rs. 372.80 crore, he informed.

The Minister further informed that the capacity of hospital was increased to 1,000 beds mainly to accommodate additional specialities and super specialities and related facilities and also to meet the demands of the ever-increasing number of patients.

“At present, there are five super specialities and 19 specialties available in the hospital. The final cost on the project including equipment is Rs 1,281.00 crores and till date expenditure on the project is Rs 1163.68 crores,” he informed.

It has been informed that out of 1,047 beds, 75 beds for TB Isolation ward were under construction and 972 beds were ready.

It is added that out of these 972 beds, 639 beds are not handed over to Health Department and 333 beds were in the process of handing over to the department.

He informed that out of 639 beds handed over to Health Department, presently 537 beds were operational and were available for patients.