Guwahati, June 15: Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta visited Haflong Civil Hospital and Maibang Community Health Center in Dima Hasao to take stock of the covid facilities available in the district, followed by a review meeting with officers of all the line departments at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner's office in Haflong today.
Briefing about the facilities available in Haflong Civil hospitals like 13 numbers of testing centres, bed capacity at isolation ward, four numbers of covid care centres, status of oxygen supply and other logistics, Joint Director of Medical & Health Services, Dr. Dipali Barman along with Medical EM, Samuel Changsan submitted a memorandum seeking for support required in the district in regards to facilities while tackling the pandemic.
The Health Minister assured for completion of the 11 bed ICU ward at Haflong Civil Hospital within June 25. He also stated regarding the on-going construction of Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with 10 beds including recovery ward that will provide the highest level of nursing care and continuous medical monitoring of child.
The Minister also addressed the issue regarding requirement of medical officers and staff strength as aske for by the council, for managing quality health service in Dima Hasao . Hehoped that in consultation with the Assam Chief Minister, the shortage of manpower and medical officers will be solved not just in this district but in other districts too.
He also discussed about the prevailing challenges of hesitation faced by the medical team during vaccination campaigns esp.in rural areas. Advising both the Council and District Administration to work hand in hand as a team, Minister Keshab Mahanta asked them to approach the people with the help of public representative leaders as well as administrative officials for awareness purpose.
The minister was accompanied by local MLA Nandita Gorlosa, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, CEM, Debolal Gorlosa, NCHAC, Executive Member incharge of Medical, Samuel Changsan, Principal Secretary to Govt of Assam, Health, Anurag Goel, IAS, Dy, Secy Health & Family Welfare, Kamaljit Talukdar, Director of Health Services, Dr. Rabindra Bhuyan, Addl Director, Health Services, Dr. Timung, Dima Hasao Deputy Commisioner, Paul Barua, ACS, NCHAC, Principal Secy., LZ Nampui, ACS, Superintendent of Police, Jayant Singh, IPS.
The challenge faced by the medical department due to frequent power cut at the hospital area was also placed by the Council Secretary, Health, TT Daulagupu, to which Principal Secretary Anurag Goel responded with immediate action by conveying the grievance to concerned authority at Dispur over phone. It is to be noted that necessary steps for a hot line connection at Haflong Civil Hospital was written to APDCL but without any result so far, thus causing massive problem in hospital functioning.