GUWAHATI, Feb 5 � With more than Rs 250 crore investment in the past five years and total bed capacity supposed to reach around 3,000 in near future, the GMCH would soon be able to compete with the national-level institutes like the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
Inaugurating the air conditioned auditorium complex, a 300-bed Mother and Child Hospital and a new medicine block in the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), on the occasion of golden jubilee celebrations of GMCH, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asked the doctors and medical staff of the institution to improve the work culture to make the health care system even better.
"The GMCH has developed into a huge institution and there are more such plans to improve the infrastructure. But, only good buildings would not improve the overall medical services. Improved education and change of mindsets are also required for that," Gogoi added.
The three facilities inaugurated today have been built at the cost of Rs 50 crore.
Asking all the doctors to work dedicatedly for the poorer section of the society, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that exceeding the 300-bed criteria, the GMCH is soon going to have a bed capacity of 3000. "With facilities like cancer hospital and a super specialty
hospital coming up in its premises, the hospital is on the verge of becoming a national medical institute. Along with the NRHM, the State government is also contributing to improve the
infrastructure of the government healthcare system," he added.
"Another medical college would be inaugurated in Barpeta on February 11. To provide better facilities to the poor people of Assam the government has recruited around 5,000 nurses and more than 1,800 doctors in the past five years," he said.
MM Deka, Principal of the GMCH also appealed the doctors and other hospital staff to dedicate themselves to the service of the patients. "We need to improve the service system. We also have to put more thrust on academic and research sectors as we are lagging behind in these two fields," he said.
Director of AIIMS RC Deka, who is also an alumnus, released a souvenir commemorating the golden jubilee celebrations of the institution. Another former student and Chairman of the USA Physicians' Advisory Board Naba Goswami also spoke on the occasion.