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Garo hills region gets first ICU

Shillong, Dec. 17: Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region today got its first intensive care unit (ICU) when chief minister Mukul Sangma inaugurated one at Tura civil hospital.

The unit was constructed under an NEC scheme with a sanctioned amount of Rs 2.46 crore, of which 10 per cent was borne by the state government.

Addressing the gathering, Sangma said the eight-bed unit would set the benchmark for other ICUs installed statewide and that it “rivalled” those installed in prominent hospitals nationwide.

He asked the medical officers to ensure that the unit was accessible to those in need of better healthcare. He also drew attention to a recent analysis of civil hospitals across the state, which revealed an immense gap of nurse:patient ratio.

The gap has arisen in view of the dearth of nurses, Sangma said, adding that 360 posts for staff nurses have been recently sanctioned. He said all hospitals would be upgraded with training and research opportunities for the doctors.

On the Megha Health Insurance Scheme, which was launched on Saturday, Sangma appealed to the people to avail of it. He said the scheme was the “greatest achievement” of his government.