Dhemaji, Feb. 1: The demand of the people of Silapathar in Dhemaji district was fulfilled today with the inauguration of a 30-bed model hospital.
Officials said the hospital would benefit 2.5 lakh people of Sissiborgaon circle of Silapathar area, located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra.
Deputy commissioner M.S. Manivannan inaugurated the hospital, located 36km from Dhemaji town.
Nabin Pegu, chairman of the Silapathar Town Committee said the long-pending demand for a hospital has been fulfilled and comes as a boon for the people of the area who are dependent only on Dibrugarh Medical College and Dhemaji civil.
Manivannan said there are two such hospitals in Dhemaji and another at Jonai. Machkhowa, a remote area in the district, is also in need of a hospital.
The new hospital will have departments of gynaecology, surgery, anaesthesia, medicine, radiology and pathology, the deputy commissioner said, appealing to the people to make maximum use of the facilities.
Kishore Kumar Kaman, deputy superintendent of the hospital, said a nutritional rehabilitation centre with 10 beds was also available.
Free medicines and nutritional diet would be provided to the children, he added.
Joint director of health services, Dhemaji district, L.K. Doley, additional deputy commissioner Arpan Saikia, chairman of Silapathar Town Committee, Nabin Pegu, Kaman and block Congress president Santiram Pegu were present on the occasion.