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Itagar, June 20: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today announced his government’s effort to make the state’s first medical college functiol by next year. Pul during a review meeting of the health facilities in the state including progress report of the Medical College and Tomo Riba State Hospital at harlagun, asked the Department of Health & Family Welfare and the Noida based executing agency Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation Limited to fast track the construction of the 300 bedded Tomo Riba State Hospital for establishment of the medical college in the state.
He instructed the department not to hold the payment at any stage and to certify the completed work immediately and release the payment to the executing agency so that work is not halted for want of funds, an official communiqué informed.
Setting the deadline for completion for construction of the Tomo Riba State Hospital building by August 15 with all the state of art medical facilities, the chief minister asked the department to ensure that the procurement of the equipments must be done by the same agency that would run the hospital.
He also stressed on following strict specification from the day one and to ensure quality of works. Pul requested Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin to direct those departments falling in the earmarked area of the Medical College to vacate and shift their offices to some other locations immediately so that there is no delay in the work.
He also directed the PWD to start the process of tendering and to start construction of the 110 metre Bailey Bridge over Pachin River and to complete the bridge within one year so that the construction work of medical college at Pachin Colony can be started soon.
The chief minister directed the department to complete the construction of boundary wall of the earmarked area of the medical college within four months.
Prioritizing road connectivity to the Medicity, he further said that the road from tiol Highway 45 to Pachin Colony would be broadened into four lanes. He directed PWD to start the process of tendering and the widening work must start by September.
The chief minister exhorted all the line departments and officials to work in a coordited manner to develop integrated health facilities in the state. Observing the critical gaps in infrastructure and manpower in healthcare and education sector, Pul directed the departments to develop standardized designs for their facilities with the help of expert consultants in these sectors.
“The proposed buildings must have all the modern amenities including well designed layout, uninterrupted water and electricity supply, OPD/IPD/Triage, OTS, counselling units, waiting halls, standardized classrooms, hostels, residential facilities and libraries,” Pul advocated.
He also stressed on development of critical infrastructure like roads, railways, power and water supply to achieve comprehensive economic development. Director Medical Education Dr Moji Jini apprised the chief minister about the progress of civil construction work in Tomo Riba State Hospital and upgradation required for starting the medical college.
The chief minister directed police, education, IPR and legal metrology departments to immediately vacate their premises within the proposed composite complex of the hospital for completing the required norms of Medical Council of India within the stipulated timeline.
He also directed Jini to work out the equipment and essential furniture for functioning of medical college. He also instructed the concerned agencies to develop dedicated electricity and water supply for the hospital and the medical college to meet up current as well as future load(s).
The chief secretary while stressing on prerequisites for obtaining Letter of Permission from Medical Council of India for the medical college, directed the department to frame rules for recruitment of the faculty and also proposal for affiliation to Rajiv Gandhi University. She also directed all departments to strictly adhere to the prescribed timelines to ensure that the medical college becomes functiol from the academic year 2017-18. Regiol Director from tiol Health Mission under union health and family welfare ministry Dr Partho Gogoi who was present on the occasion expressed satisfaction over progress of the Tomo Riba State Hospital and assured all possible support to the state for providing affordable and accessible healthcare, the communiqué added.