SHILLONG, Aug 7 - The Meghalaya Government is all set to upgrade the health sector in terms of infrastructure and other facilities. This will be done with a Rs 352-crore fund from the World Bank as well as its own resources.
After a Cabinet meeting today, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that the World Bank would provide the major chunk of the fund, with the State Government�s share being 20 per cent of the total project cost.
Tynsong said that the project would begin in the current fiscal itself and would be completed in the next five years as per the tentative proposals of the Health Department.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the Health Department has drafted a memo in this regard, which the Cabinet has approved. The Health Department will next draft the detailed project report (DPR).
�We are committed to improving the health sector in terms of infrastructure and other facilities. After the DPR is prepared by the Health Department, work will start from the current fiscal,� Tynsong added.
He said that the State Government is working to overcome the shortage of manpower in the Health sector, especially specialised doctors. �We will try to sanction more posts in the Health sector,� he added.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya today registered 16 new COVID-19 positive cases, mostly from East Khasi Hills district, taking the total active cases to 590. So far 411 patients have also recovered from the infection.
Among those who have been infected are three doctors from the NEIGRIHMS and a staff nurse from another hospital. Tynsong added that five armed forces personnel are also among the positive cases.