Union home minister Amit Shah on May 9 inaugurated the cardiothoracic and neuroscience centre of the Superspecialty Hospital under Gauhati Medical College and Hospital in Guwahati on May 9.
Speaking on the occasion, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed his gratitude to Shah for his presence at the event. “Honourable home minister Shri Amit Shah ji has always been a source of inspiration and support for us. His presence here today is a reiteration of the importance the current government led by the honourable prime minister attaches to Assam and the Northeast,” Sarma said.
“We first conceived the idea of a Superspeciality Hospital in 2008 when I was the health and family welfare minister. But due to certain unavoidable circumstances, this idea had to be shelved. It was in 2014 that we once again approved the Superspecialty Hospital project with even higher number of beds than what was approved in 2008,” Sarma said.
“When I took over the mantle of the health department nearly two decades ago, I realised that the patients who needed superspecialty care were not getting adequate attention,” the chief minister said, adding: “It was then I decided that superspecialty wings will have to be separated from the general wings for delivery of timely, advanced and efficient services.”
He exuded confidence that the hospital will lend immense relief to patients of Northeast region.
Union home minister Amit Shah lauded Sarma for his vision and mission of growth and development of the health sector in the state. Further, Amit Shah assured the chief minister of all support from the Centre whenever required to do so.
The event was also attended by Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta, several other cabinet ministers, MP Queen Oja, MLAs and a host of other dignitaries.