Meghalaya minister Alexander Laloo Hek with Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi

Meghalaya government has sought additional funds from the Centre for the development of health infrastructure in the state.

State health and family welfare minister, Alexander Laloo Hek, on July 12 met Union health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi and briefed him on the COVID-19 situation in the state. Hek sought additional central funds for further strengthening health infrastructure in the state.

Hek also raised the issue relating to “undue delay” on the appointment of a permanent director and board director of governing body of North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Shillong.

He suggested to the Union health minister to increase the number of medical seats and to appoint more medical specialists at NEIGRIHMS hospital in the best interest of the people of Meghalaya and the other Northeast states.

The Union Health Minister has assured the health minister to provide adequate funds to the state and to sort out the delay in the appointment of a permanent director and board members of governing body of NEIGRIHMS at the earliest, reports said.

Hek also met Union minister for AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal, and submitted a proposal for setting up of directorate of AYUSH in Meghalaya. The financial implication is over Rs 3 crore, including creation of posts at district hospitals (DHs), PHCs and CHCs.

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Hek also called on Union minister for labour, employment and petroleum, Rameshwar Teli, who assured to sanction a 50-bedded ESIC hospital in Shillong.

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