Imphal, March 9, 2018 (DIPR): Additional Director Health Dr. Manikanta has informed the media that the work for the construction of District Hospitals at Imphal East and Imphal West is on the pipeline. For the purpose required land has been acquired by the Government. He was speaking at the series of Press Interaction Programme with the Head of Departments organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations.
Highlighting the achievements of the present Government he said that 50-bedded new building of District Hospital Chandel and Tamenglong has been inaugurated. Ten Advanced Life Support Ambulances has been procured and deployed mostly in hill districts. The Government has launched a health assistance scheme for BPL families, widows and disabled persons namely “Chief Minister gi Hakshelgi Tengbang” has been launched, under which cashless treatment upto Rs. 50,000/ for health ailments and upto Rs. 2.00 lakh for certain critical illness is assured.
He further informed that for better health care services in the state the Government has approved to establish of 8 (eight) new District Hospitals, 10 (ten) CHCs, 15 (fifteen) PHCs, and 9 (nine) Urban Primary Health Centres. He further informed that to tide over the shortage of the specialist doctors in the State, the Government has increased the retirement age of specialist Doctors to 65 years. The Government also has approved to recruit 300 MBBS Doctors and 11 Dental surgeons and recruitment process is underway.
As a new initiative the total annual intake capacity of MBBS seats at JNIMS has increased to 150 from the earlier 100. Initiative has also been made to introduce Helicopter Ambulance Service for the interior hilly regions, he added.