Health Ministry releases funds for Cancer Care Facilities in Himachal

Health Ministry releases funds for Cancer Care Facilities in Himachal 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today sanctioned grants amounting to more than Rs. 14 crore for Tertiary Care Cancer Centre at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Shimla. The total cost of the project is around Rs 45 crore and this is the first installment of the Government of India’s for this important project in this region. 

The grant-in-aid of Rs 14.87 crore has been released under the Tertiary Cancer Centre Scheme of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabettes, cardio-Vascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), 2015-16.

“This would help in significantly enhancing the capacity to treat cancer patients in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is part of our commitment to strengthen the health care infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh both quantitatively as well as qualitatively,” said Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Sh. J P Nadda.

To further improve the tertiary cancer care facilities in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Centre has in principal agreed for a similar Centre in Mandi district also. The sanction of this project will be given after the state government submits its detailed project report to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Earlier for upgradation and strengthening of trauma care facilities in Government Hospitals in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Union health Ministry has recently released grants of more than Rs 17 crore. This is as part of the centrally sponsored scheme of “Capacity Development for Developing Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals located on National Highways” of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken several steps for strengthening public health infrastructure in the state of Himachal Pradesh. An AIIMS has been approved for the state; further process is underway to make it operational soon. The Health Ministry has also released the first installment for upgradation of two district hospitals in two medical colleges in Nahan and Hamirpur.

A level-1 Trauma facility for Shimla also has been proposed by the state government. This is under consideration by the Centre. The process of procurement of health related equipment worth Rs.32.78 cr for the Tanda Medical College is underway and the procurement process is nearing completion. The order shall be placed by end of December.

Against the long standing demand of the state to open a CGHS Wellness Centre, the Ministry approved one for Shimla in December 2014. 

Union Health Minister inspects hospitals to review preparedness on H1N1 
To review the preparedness of various hospitals to deal with the cases of H1N1 influenza, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare visited Safdarjung Hospital and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, here today.

During the visit Sh. Nadda instructed the health officials of hospitals to ensure provision of treatment to every single patient affected by the seasonal influenza. He instructed them to ensure proper counseling of such patients and to ensure that no patient is denied treatment.

“The number of beds designated for H1N1 hospitals has been increased substantially in these hospitals. If needed more beds will be provided. I have issued instructions that no H1N1 patient should be denied treatment and whoever is required to be admitted should be admitted,” said Sh. Nadda.

The Health Minister added, “In winter season, the H1N1 influenza cases generally show a rise. Today visit is to review the preparation of our hospitals for this. We are increasing the number of beds and ventilators. Adequate stocks of medicines, testing kits and medical equipment are in place and we are fully geared up to handle H1N1 influenza patients.”

The Health Minister also asked hospitals’ authorities to vaccinate doctors, nurses and other health care workers involved in the treatment of swine flu cases at these hospitals to ensure their safety and protection while treating H1N1 patients.

During the visit of these hospitals, the Health Minister expressed satisfaction over the preparation and availability of designated beds, medical equipments, medicines, testing kits, personal protective equipment and masks.

Shri Nadda inspected various units during his visit to the hospitals. He visited H1N1 treatment centre, ICU, emergency ward, critical unit and bio-medical waste management centre of Safdarjung hospital and Isolation ward (H1N1), H1N1 screening centre, pharmacy unit of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The Medical Superintendent (MS) of Safdarjung hospital and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital briefed the Health Minister regarding the recent initiatives of the hospitals and their future expansion plans. 

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