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New OT for hospital

Bongaigaon, Dec. 21: The only civil hospital in Chirang district located at its headquarters in Kajalgaon, which was initially developed as a super-speciality hospital sanctioned for the BTAD by the DoNER ministry, has been functioning partially because of shortage of skilled manpower.

The 100-bed hospital set up in 2010 was named after slain Absu president Swmbla Basumatary (who was killed by militants in 1996 in Kokrajhar). It is 198km from Guwahati and 8km from Bongaigaon.

The BTC administration had earlier aimed to run the hospital as a super-speciality hospital under public-private partnership. Later, because of non-feasibility, the project was converted to that of a civil hospital under National Rural Health Mission. The hospital, with good infrastructure, has been providing poor patients life-support facilities, medical equipment for CT scan, sonography, Xray, physiotherapy.

National Rural Health Mission director of Assam Manish Thakur today inaugurated a general operation theatre and an eye operation theatre in the hospital.

It has an intensive care unit, sick newborn care unit as well as ophthalmological tools and instrument for ENT treatment.