SILCHAR, Dec 3 - The State government has taken initiatives to upgrade the SM Dev Civil Hospital to a 300-bed hospital, State Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said at the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the hospital here.
Quoting Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Suklabaidya said that Sarma had said that the SM Dev Civil Hospital would be upgraded to a 300-bed hospital, and his announcement will be materialised in letter and spirit. Doctors studying in Silchar Medical College will now be able to concentrate on their studies as the 300-bed civil hospital will lessen the pressure at the SMCH, Suklabaidya said.
The minister said that work was on in full swing to build six more medical colleges in the State. Efforts were also at an advanced stage to build the much-awaited unit of the AIIMS in the State.
The month-long centenary celebrations of the SM Dev Civil Hospital concluded on Monday. Silchar MLA cum hospital management committee chairman Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli, Cachar Additional Deputy Commissioner and in charge of Health department Sumit Sattawan, Silchar Medical College principal Dr Babul Bezbaruah, Joint Director of Health Services (Cachar) Dr Sudip Jyoti Das, Joint Director of Health Services (Hailakandi) Dr Ashutosh Barman, SM Dev Civil Hospital Superintendent Dr Jiten Singh Hazari, and SMCH superintendent Dr Abhijit Swamy were also present.
Paul said doctors and health workers at the SM Dev Civil Hospital have been working tirelessly, and many people after being diagnosed with COVID-19 have applied for admission to the hospital. Thus, the hospital has been able to gain the trust of the people. DC Keerthi Jalli said the centenary celebration was not just an occasion for the building but of the sweat, toil and sacrifice of many people involved in shaping up the place.