In a major boost to medical care facility and road communication in Upper Assam, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal kicked off a number of development projects in Dibrugarh district on September 16.
Sonowal inaugurated a newly constructed mother and child care hospital and laid foundation stone for construction of a dental college at Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh on Sunday.
Besides, the chief minister also initiated the reconstruction of a 19km stretch of NH37 from Chaulkhowa to Borboruah in Dibrugarh.
The 300 bedded mother and child care hospital has been constructed with an amount of Rs 12.05 crore. The NH37 reconstruction would be taken up with a financial outlay of Rs 32.29 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal underlined the rich contribution of Assam Medical College towards the development of medical education and health care facilities in other parts of the state. He said that the people of the state desired that the dignity of this pioneering institution is fully maintained and this must be ensured with joint efforts of all sections of the society including the medical fraternity.
Stating that the new infrastructure and modern equipments would give a new dimension to the medical college, Sonowal stressed on their proper utilisation and maintaining best standard of service as well as cleanliness in its campus.
Highlighting the state government’s initiatives to boost infrastructural development as well as initiatives to transform the state as the gateway to the ASEAN and BBN nations, the chief minister called for joint efforts and exhorted to uphold Team Assam spirit. He hoped that as a result of better infrastructure in the field of communication and other sectors Assam would soon emerge as a preferred global destination.
Sonowal in his speech also put special thrust on maintaining cleanliness in day to day life and observed that ‘Swachhata he Seva’ campaign would significantly help in motivating people to keep the environment clean and healthy.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the new hospital was the most modern MCH institution in all six medical colleges with latest line of equipments in the state. He hoped that this institution would significantly help people of Upper Assam with better medical facilities.
Sarma further informed that the Assam government approved an amount of Rs 50 crore for construction of a permanent and independent campus of dental college for which foundation stone was laid on September 16.
Sarma also informed that Ayushman Bharat would be rolled out from September 23 under which 24 lakh families would be benefited. He also informed that around 14 lakh patients were benefited under Chief Minister Free Diagnostic Scheme in the state.
Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli and MLA Prashanta Phukan also spoke on the occasion.