Silchar, Oct. 8: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a new 200-bed civil hospital at Karimganj today.
The new civil hospital was built at a cost of Rs 13.29 crore and houses a dedicated trauma centre, a gas central manifold room, a six-bed ICU, laboratory, X-ray and ultrasound facility.
“Our department is planning to set up a medical college at Karimaganj and Haila-kandi district and soon this plan will be implemented,” Sa-rma said at a gathering at the district library auditorium.
“Right now there is a shortage of doctors, but we are trying our best to solve this problem.” Sarma said, adding that the civil hospital would get a CT scan machine soon.
Earlier today, some people threw stones at Sarma at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a hospital at Algapur in Hailakandi district.
Sources said some people were upset when they came to know that the hospital had been scaled down from a 100-bed hospital to a 30-bed facility.
Sarma later said there was no need to be upset because the district already has a model hospital and the proposed hospital could be upgraded.
He also laid the foundation stone of the 100-bed Mother and Child Care Hospital, which will come up on the campus of the civil hospital, today. The estimated project cost is Rs 21 crore.
The health minister laid the foundation stone of a hostel for students of GNM Nursing School. This project is estimated to cost Rs 3.5 crore.
During his visit to Barak valley yesterday, Sarma inaugurated a 500-seat, state-of-the art auditorium in Cachar district.