TINSUKIA, August 16: State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma declared that out of three proposed medical colleges in the State, the first medical college would come up at Tinsukia and the Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner has been asked to search for suitable government land measuring 150-200 bighas within 10 km radius of Tinsukia Civil Hospital before Durga Puja.
In a press meet held on Tuesday at the Civil Hospital premises, Dr Sarma, while admitting deficiency in medical services in the hospital, committed to improve radiology and pathology departments. Stating further that as short-term measures, shortcomings in Mother and Child Hospital along with Medicine and Orthopedics, would be taken care of within a month. The minister also said that a post-mortem facility and a blood bank would be established in Margherita soon. Sameer Sinha, Health Commissioner, also accompanied the minister who had been advised to take note of all public and media grievances related to health.
The minister also asked Tinsukia Civil Hospital authority to replace all CFL bulbs with LED bulbs within seven days as a part of tionwide power austerity measure and ensure free supply of 175 types of medicines even as the hospital has stockpile of 145 types of medicines. Contrary to minister’s claim, the patients, however, contended that barring one or two medicines, most of the costly medicines, particularly antibiotics, prescribed that the doctors have to be purchased from outside.