HCM Shri Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated 1000 Litres Per Minute PSA Oxygen Plant at STNM Hospital, Sochyagang

Gangtok, June 22 (IPR): The 1000 Litres Per Minute PSA Oxygen Plant at STNM Hospital, Sochyagang, was inaugurated today by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang.

The Oxygen Plant has been allocated by the Government of India for STNM Hospital, Sochyagang under PM CARES. The civil work for the installation of the Plant commenced on the 28th of May, 2021. The plant will now be fully functional and will be adequate to supply Oxygen to the entire Hospital.

While addressing the medical fraternity after the inauguration program, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang lauded the effort of the entire team involved in the process of installation of the Oxygen Plant in the STNM Hospital. Dedicating the Oxygen Plant to the people of Sikkim, he said that this is yet another milestone achieved by the State in terms of strengthening the health infrastructure. He said that the entire credit for this achievement goes to the Health Department. He also thanked the officers and engineers of the Central PWD for completing the civil work within the stipulated time and the technical team from the L&T company for installing the Plant. He extended his gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Union Health Minister for their continuous support to the State to deal with the pandemic.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the present crisis caused by the pandemic has drawn everyone’s attention towards the health sector, and there is heightened awareness among the general public. He reaffirmed the commitment of the State Government to defeat the pandemic and work towards rebuilding Sikkim and putting it back on the track of development. He reinforced the message that the Government has laid the highest priority on the health sector and efforts are on to make the health care system in Sikkim the best in the country. He said that the vision of the Government is to ensure quality health care within the State for all its citizens. He said that the Government will not rest till this is achieved.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister reiterated that the Government is committed to bringing about a paradigm shift in the health sector. Infrastructure development and up-gradation and manpower management will be given the highest priority. He assured all possible support from the Government to the entire medical fraternity in the State. He said that steps are being taken to appoint more doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff to strengthen the health setup.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister also acknowledged the relentless effort of the State Level Oxygen Management Committee headed by Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Shri Sanjit Kharel. He thanked the entire team for ensuring timely management and transportation of medical oxygen.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister put on record his appreciation for the entire medical fraternity and support staff for rendering their valuable service during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that in due course of time, the Government will felicitate all the individuals for their selfless service.

The HCM thanked the entire team of SEED Cell for contributing 3000 numbers of PPE Kits, 700 Pulse Oximeters, 1000 Immunity Boosters, and 2 Lakh Face Masks, to the Health Department, as a token of support during the pandemic. On behalf of SEED Cell, its Coordinator Shri Raj Lama had earlier handed over the items to the Hon’ble CM.

Following are the major announcements made the Hon’ble Chief Minister during his address:

1. The Government will ensure free medicines for all the people who cannot afford to buy medicines (BPL category). To achieve this, the budget allocation for the procurement of medicines has been enhanced for the Financial Year 2021-22.

2. The Government has decided to procure all the medicines directly from the manufacturer, thus completely eradicating the system of middlemen.

3. All Government doctors and medical practitioners should only prescribe medicines that are available in the Health Store (CMS).

4. The manufacturers should deliver the medicines directly to the District Hospitals and the STNM Hospital so that there is even distribution and adequate stock.

5. The nomenclature of Sanitation Assistants will be changed to Safaikarmacharis.

6. 120 KV Generator Backup for the newly installed Oxygen Plant will be sanctioned immediately and made available within the next fifteen days.

7. The Government will immediately appoint technical manpower to operate and maintain the Oxygen Plant at STNM Hospital as well as the plants being set up in the districts. In the meanwhile, all the technical staff engaged in the Oxygen Plant should get adequately trained by the technical team from the L&T company before they leave the State.

8. The Government aims to make the STNM Hospital at par with renowned private hospitals. To achieve this, there should be strict rules in place and everybody should comply with them. Doctors and paramedics should not be burdened with management-related work, rather it should be taken care of by the Hospital Administration. The overall ambiance and sanctity of the hospital should be maintained.

9. Regarding Medical Assistance under Chief Minister’s Medical Relief, an Office has been established on the first floor of Old STNM Hospital (Urban PHC). The office will be open from Thursday to Saturday. After scrutiny, the applications are sanctioned on Sunday, processed on Monday and Tuesday, and the cheque is released on Wednesday.

Earlier, Hon’ble Minister, Health, Dr. M.K. Sharma in his opening address said that the State Government has been successful in systematically strengthening the health care service in the State. He said that equal emphasis is being laid on the development of the health care system in rural areas. The appointment of doctors and paramedics in the past few months has given much-needed support to the existing setup. The Hon’ble Minister expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister for his timely intervention for the new Oxygen Plant in STNM Hospital and the proposed Plants in all the Districts. He said that the inauguration of the 1000 LPM Oxygen Plant in STNM Hospital is extremely satisfying for the medical fraternity, and for the people of Sikkim.

The programme was also addressed by Medical Superintendent, Dr. K.B. Gurung, and Additional MS Dr. Suresh Rasaily.

The program had the presence of Hon’ble Minister Health, Dr. M.K. Sharma, Hon’ble Minister Transport Shri Sanjit Kharel, Hon’ble Advisor, Health Department, Shri K.B. Gurung, Political Secretary to HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Additional CS Health Shri K. Sreenivasulu, DG cum Secretary Health Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, MS STNM Dr. K.B. Gurung, Doctors and other concerned officials and dignitaries.

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