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Foundation stone for new hospital laid

From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Oct 11: Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a 50-bedded Maternity & Child Hospital at Umniangbyrnai Parila, Umsning in the presence of State Health Minister Roshan Warjri, Minister, PHE Minister Dr Celestine Lyngdoh and Parliamentary Secretary Kennedy C Khyriem.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed his happiness at being able to respond to the need of the area and said an important milestone has been achieved in the health sector. He said though the State still faces challenges, as all developing States do, his government is focused in taking care of all sections of the society, especially the vulnerable groups, the under privileged, women and children.
“The government has initiated a number of programmes to address the issues of development disparities,” he said while highlighting the flagships programmes of the State government.
Sangma said though many precious lives have been lost in the past due to bad roads, all-weather roads are being developed in the State though convergence and aggregating resources for better access to livelihood opportunities and health facilities. “The hospital will reduce Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Rate in the area that is quite high in the district,” he added.
The Chief Minister said mothers still continue to suffer due to neglect of their health and added that the whole approach to healthcare needs to be changed. He said the practice of visiting a doctor or a hospital only when one is ill has to be done away with and urged all, especially women and mothers, to go for regular health monitoring and check-up. He also asked the Health department to work on comprehensive and practical measures so that preventive medicines and care can be given in new and innovative ways.
The Maternity and Child Hospital is a Rs 14-crore project and Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned. The hospital in Umniangbrynai, Parila will be spread over an area of four acres.
Sangma also inaugurated the Multi Facility Centre and urged the residents of the area to use the building for various skill building, entrepreneurial, coaching and training activities. An amount of Rs 40 lakh was sanctioned for the hall by the Department of Arts and Culture.
PWD village road measuring 2 km for Umniangbrynai, which had been completed, was also inaugurated by the Chief Minister, who also announced on the occasion that funds for another 10 km village road has been sanctioned taking the total length of the village road to 12 km.
The Health Minister, the PHE Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary, among others, also spoke at the foundation laying ceremony, where several senior State government officials and heads of traditional institutions were also present.