Shillong:"Coordination between the referral centers the CHC's and PHC's is of utmost importance and is possible through use of modern technology that would relieve the patients of rural areas from the burden of seeking private treatment" said the Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma while inaugurating the Director of Health services (DHS) permanent Office Complex at Laitumkhrah, Shillong on August 14, 2010.
"Malaria and Cancer are two major diseases affecting the people in the State and often when it is diagnosed and detected it is found to have acquired advanced proportions and a close coordination between the referral government hospital and the doctor at CHCs and PHCs can help in early detection" the CM said.
He also said the permanent structure of the health department is in a way an incentive for the employees of the Health Department. He said that the government is committed to provide a good infrastructure for the health care facilities in the state and announced that by September 2010 South Garo Hills shall have a new civil hospital. He said that the women of the State has some inherent qualities related to nursing and care and the nurses from Meghalaya are among the best in the country and by exploring such potential the State can become a favourite health care destination in the country.
The foundation stone of the new DHS located in Laitumkhrah was laid on August 14 2006 and within four years the building was commissioned at an estimated cost of Rs 3.28 cr. on 28000 sqft of plinth area with latest architectural design. The complex consists of a parking bay for 50 vehicles along with a guest house.
Amongst those who spoke on the occasion included Rowel Lyngdoh the Deputy Chief Minister in Charge of Health in the State who exhorted upon the employees of the health department to emulate better work culture.
Those present on the occasion also included W M S Pariat, the Chief secretary besides the DHS and officers and employees of the department.