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Himachal leading Indian State in providing quality health services at people’s doorsteps, claims Kaul Singh

Health Minister claimed Himachal far better than average of the country, with one health sub centre for 2990 people as compared to national average of 5615 persons. Govt. spending Rs. 26000 per person for health treatment, which is highest in the country

SHIMLA-  While presiding over the second bi-annual conference-cum-golden jubilee alumni meet of the HP Ophthalmologists Society at Kufri near Shimla on Sunday, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur claimed Himachal Pradesh as the leading State of the country to provide quality health services to its citizens at their door steps.

The Minister said Rs. 1689 crore were being spent on health and medical education during current financial year.  He boasted the health coverage of the State was far better than the average of the country and the State had one health sub centre for 2990 people whereas the national average was 5615 persons. Similarly, one primary health centre was available for 12921 persons and community health centre for 80208 persons and the State was also spending Rs. 26000 per person for health treatment, which was highest in the country.

Four new medical colleges were coming up in the State out of which the classes would start in Dr YS Parmar Medical College, Nahan from this year whereas the Chamba and Hamirpur Medical Colleges would be made functional soon. He also said ESIC Medical College and Hospital set up in Ner Chowk at a cost of Rs. 850 crore would also be made functional in a short period. In order to decongest IGMC, Shimla, another premises was being set up at Chamiyana for which 250 bighas of land had been made available. The Dental College and Nursing College would also be shifted to another place.

He further said cancer hospital was coming up at Mandi by spending Rs. 45 crore. A super specialty block had been constructed at Tanda Medical College by spending a sum of Rs. 45 crore and around 250 posts had been filled up in this hospital by the present government. More than 600 posts of different categories had also been filled up in IGMC, Shimla. The Government had opened and upgraded 145 health institutes in rural areas, he claimed.

Minister also released the souvenir of Ophthalmologists Society on the occasion and honoured Dr Jagat Ram, the renowned ophthalmologist from Himachal Pradesh for the invention of double crystalline lens in America. The Health Minister urged the doctors to commit themselves in the services of the suffering humanity and work with utmost dedication.

The ophthalmologists from PGI, Chandigarh and from other States are also participating in the conference.

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