SHILLONG: Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek laid the foundation stone for upgradation of the Rynjah State Dispensary to an Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC) at the Dispensary premises here in the presence of local MLA C Pyngrope and Director of Health Services (MI), Dr A War among others on Saturday. An amount of Rs 2.79 crores has been sanctioned for the project, which is expected to be completed within 18 months of commencement.
Stating that the occasion marks a red letter d for the people of Rynjah and its surrounding areas, Minister Hek informed that the process to construct a PHC in an urban area necessitates the fulfilment of many criteria — some of which are quite difficult to meet. Referring to the criterion on land requirements, he acknowledged the cooperation of all the stakeholders that has finally made the upgradation of the Rynjah State Dispensary a reality. At the same time, he appreciated the hard work and dedication of health workers in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the occasion, altogether 10,47,654 durable anti-malaria bednets were also handed over to the District Health & Medical Officers (DHMOs) of Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, East Jainita Hills, West Jainita Hills and East Khasi Hills districts. These nets will be distributed among the masses with the aim of eliminating malaria by 2030, as part of the Central Government's initiative to achieve this goal.
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