The Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal last evening chaired a meeting at the conference hall of the Majuli Deputy Commissioner’s Office with senior officers of the State health and family welfare department and took several important decisions.
A Majuli district administration official told this newspaper that the meeting, held to review the existing healthcare facilities in the Brahmaputra island district, took a key decision to improve gynaecological and paediatric treatment services of the district along with infrastructure upgradation of the health facilities.
In the meeting, Sonowal asked the Principal Secretary, health and family welfare, Samir Sinha, to ensure that a team is formed comprising PG diploma doctors of the State to mandatorily stay in Majuli for 90 days for ensuring better treatment to the patients on the river island, the official informed.
The team will consist of gynaecologists, paediatricians, anaesthesiologists etc to provide specialised treatments. After a team completes its mandatory stay of 90 days, a new team of doctors comprising specialists would visit the district for another 90-day period. This facility of treatment by specialist doctors in batches would continue uninterrupted, the Chief Minister said, the official said.
Moreover, the senior doctors-cum faculty members of the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, alternately would visit Majuli to provide super-speciality treatment to patients, the official added.
He also informed that in the last part of this month, a post-mortem facility would be introduced in the Garmur Civil Hospital of Majuli besides dedicating the two-storeyed building of the civil hospital to the service of the people.
It may be noted that there will be 200 beds for patients in this new building. Moreover, other facilities like major and minor operation theatres, X-ray, CITI scan, ultrasonography, laboratory facilities, sick new born care (SNBC) unit, etc, would also feature in the building.
Further, for serious patients, there would be separate counters in the medical college and hospitals in Dibrugarh and Jorhat respectively, the Chief Minister announced in the meeting. Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, Principal Secretary Samir Sinha, Mission Director National Health Mission Dr S Laxmanan and other senior officers of the government were present at the meeting.