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Arunachal moves to boost health infrastructure during COVID pendamic

To take stock of the COVID-19 situation and to ensure that the Healthcare facilities reach out across the West Kameng district

Alo Libang

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Oct 2020 1:50 AM GMT


BOMDILA: To take stock of the COVID-19 situation and to ensure that the Healthcare facilities reach out across the West Kameng district, Minister for Health & Family Welfare Alo Libang visited the Community Health Center (CHC) at Bhalukpong and the District Hospital at Bomdila on Monday.

The Minister along with MLA Kumsi Sidisow visited the Bhalukpong CHC. They also interacted with the staffers and other officials of the hospital and took stock of various requirements. Later, Libang also inspected the site where construction of the new building of Bomdila District Hospital, is going on.

Libang said that he plans to visit all the district hospitals to check the ground reality vis-a-vis the COVID-19 situation and to also know of the grievances of the health warriors. He further said that he had already covered most of the eastern Arunachal, adding that he is now on a tour to western Arunachal.

"Infrastructure development in every district is progressing but there are some common issues like shortages of manpower in almost all the hospitals," said Libang, adding that to solve the issue, the APPSC recently recruited more than 120 doctors of various specializations. The State government will again initiate a recruitment process for doctors and other staffers to fill the vacancies in different hospitals, he added.

District Medical Officer (DMO) West Kameng, Dr Dondu Wange said that as of now the district hospital has only three specialist pathologists, a gynecologist and a surgeon, adding that the hospital needs at least an anesthesiologist, three GDMOs, and two laboratory technicians to deal with emergencies.

The DMO also expressed concern on lack of Ambulance in the hospital, 'we have only two Ambulances one is engaged for COVID duty and the remaining one is for general duty, so as of now we need at least two more Ambulances.

Earlier, the Health Minister also conducted a meeting with West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Karma Lekhi and Bomdila ADC Sang Khandu along with officials of the Department of Social Justice Empowerment & Tribal Affairs and Women & Child Welfare Department-West Kameng.

During the meeting, members have expressed concern over the defunct Aganwadi centers in the district and the shortage of staff in the department of SJETA- West Kameng.

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