SILCHAR, Aug 15: Following public demand for a cardiologist to treat patients at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), the State Government has approved a proposal for the visit of eminent cardiologist from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai Dr Rakesh P Gopal for three days a month at SMCH.
Sharing the information with The Assam Tribune, Saumitra Shankar Choudhury, cultural activist and a member of Thousand Sayantan group said, "we lost 25-year-old Sayantan Chakraborty due to lack of cardiac treatment at the SMCH in October 2019.
"But we led a movement so that no other person suffers from such a fate and we are elated to learn about Government approval to the visit of Dr Gopal.
"We thank Minister of Health Himanta Biswa Sarma for initiating the important move. We also thank Padmashree Dr R Ravi Kannan who introduced us and SMCH authorities to Dr Gopal in March this year. Also we express our gratitude to the SMCH authorities and everyone who helped us in the cause so far."
Sources at the SMCH informed that in a letter to the Director of Medical Education, Assam on August 14, Khainindra Choudhury, additional secretary Health and Family Welfare Department, has approved the services of Dr Rakesh P Gopal and his team at SMCH on pro bono basis in the absence of a qualified cardiologist at the hospital.
The letter also mentioned that the travelling expenses of the visiting doctor and his team shall have to be borne by the SMCH management and the approval for initial period of three months may be extended depending on the report of the principal cum chief superintendent of the hospital.