SHILLONG: Health infrastructure in various Health centres like the Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Public Health Centres (PHCs) across Meghalaya will be upgraded, informed State Health Minister AL Hek, adding that the Health department has received a sanction of Rs 75 crore from the State government for the purpose.
The decision to upgrade the Health infrastructure was taken during a video conferencing that the Minister had with the district Health officials.
Hek further said, "The funds will be utilized for upgrading the available infrastructure like extension of a building or upgrading medical equipments in the health centres. No funding will be done for a new project," the Health Minister said. Hek informed that this particular project has four phases and in the first phase an amount of Rs. 75 crore has been sanctioned.
During the conference, the Health Minister also took up the issue of certain hospitals in the State denying treatment to patients due to the delay in getting COVID-19 test reports. Hek said that in certain cases the concerned patients had to wait for around 24 to 48 hours. "We have specifically instructed that hospitals cannot deny treatment to patients. They should treat them even while waiting for the COVID-19 reports," he added.