- The Statesman
Darjeeling, 1 July- With the joint efforts of the health department under the GTA and the state government, a slew of projects meant to provide better health facilities at affordable cost for the sick from the Darjeeling Hills were inaugurated today. A pay ward that would have ten cabins at the attached building of the Darjeeling District Hospital was also opened.
These ten cabins have a central oxygen system, an attached bathroom and a bed and the rent would be Rs 300 per day. Normally, in the private nursing homes located across Darjeeling, the same would range from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 and even more.
This aside, a new cell for the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) was inaugurated today. It would be operative from 7 July at the same building, it is learnt.
Again, a Sick New Born Stabilising Unit (SNSU) for Kurseong Sadar Hospital, Bijanbari Rural Hospital and Sukhiapokhari and Rambhi Block Primary Health Centre (BPHC) were inaugurated in the presence of the senior GTA and the administrative officials at the district hospital.
“The cabins will have all the facilities that are provided by the private nursing homes,” said Mr Don Bosco Lepcha, the GTA executive director of health department. “At the NCD programme, the treatment for those suffering diabetes, hyper tension, cancer and the like are being provided free of cost since April and a separate cell will become operative from 7 July onwards,” he added.
According to the officials, the cost for the launch of the cabin and an NCD cell for the district hospital has been pegged at Rs 42 lakhs and these are being funded jointly by the GTA and the state government.
Mr Lepcha further said that plans are on the cards to add a Critical Care Unit (CCU) to the district hospital. “The infrastructure required is being built up. Four trained doctors and eight nurses have already been provided.
The CCU is expected to become operative later this month. Also a Sick New Born Care Unit will come up at the district hospital. A 200 KV generator has also been added to the hospital to overcome the power shortfall problem hitting medical service,” he said.
Worth mentioning, a fair price medicine shop came up at the Darjeeling District Hospital during the Chief Minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee’s last Darjeeling visit.