Guwahati, April 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that digitisation of the health services was underway in the country to provide best, quick and hassles-free medical treatment and various health services to the people.
The Prime Minister along with the Carman of the Tata Trust, Ratan Tata, virtually inaugurated seven cancer hospitals and laid the foundation stone for seven more across Assam.
The seven cancer hospitals that were inaugurated by the Prime Minister are in Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Darrang while foundation stones were laid at Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Nalbari, Nagaon and Tinsukia districts.
These caner hospitals are being set up by Assam government with support from Tata Trust.
Addressing a massive rally in Dibrugarh, Modi said that 16 new AIIMS and one medical college in each district of the country would be set up to provide the best medical treatment to the people.
"Policy has been changed so that students can be taught in the medical colleges in their local languages and mother tongue," Modi said after inaugurating the Dibrugarh Cancer Centre at the Assam Medical College and Hospital.
Stating that cancer is a major problem in the northeastern region, Modi said that with the setting up of seven more cancer hospitals and laying of the foundation stones of seven more such hospitals, the patients would get the best treatment in their district itself.
Modi said that with the government's efforts, over 900 medicines are now available at a very cheap rate.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that with the opening and laying of foundation stones of these cancer hospitals with world class facilities and services, not only the people of Assam and other northeastern states would be benefited, but the people of the South-East Asian countries would also be benefited.
Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata, central minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta among others also spoke to the gathering. Assam Governor Jagadish Mukhi, central Minister Rameshwar Teli and former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi among others were also present at the event. Tata Trust has contributed a lot to set up these cancer hospitals in Assam.