Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, planted the seeds of rapid development by laying the foundation for the Resubelpara Civil Hospital at the Community Health Centre at Resubelpara on the 9th of January, 2018. The 100 bedded hospital will take care of the healthcare needs of people from the entire district and will be built over 296 bighas at Chidaret. This land has been donated by Smt. Rangkame Sangma, the local Nokma.
The foundation stone for the hospital was laid at an event attended by dignitaries like the Chairman, State Planning Board, Salseng Marak, Cherak Momin, MLA, Additional Deputy Commissioner, P.K. Boro, local MLAs and the Superintendent of Police, Dalton Marak along with other district administration officials, health department officials and medical officers. Addressing the gathering, Dr. Sangma stated that he was delighted to be able to fulfill the needs of his citizens and talked of finding solace in responding to these needs and expectations.
The location of the Civil Hospital may be a little further away from the center of the district but there will be good connectivity via road which will improve accessibility for all citizens according to Dr. Sangma. He laid emphasis on health and the issues that people face with regard to getting quality healthcare facilities and services. Dr. Sangma talked of how the State should be prepared to tackle medical requirements of citizens and pointed out the basic mission to offer adequate and good quality health services throughout Meghalaya. He also talked of the lower number of medical professionals in the State in spite of numerous youngsters waiting in the wings. He attributed this to the low number of seats at medical colleges and talked of creating new opportunities for the youth by establishing more medical colleges.
Dr. Sangma also highlighted the MHIS (Megha Health Insurance Scheme) and stated how people can now opt for the Smart Card solution and get treated at government and private hospitals more affordably. He also expressed concern over the low rates of enrollment for the Smart Card and urged citizens to take part in the scheme for improving their own lives. He also distributed M-Tabs to Class XII students sometime later. He talked of how these tablets come pre-loaded with Class XII and XI study materials along with sample medical and engineering entrance question papers. He also urged students to tap into the technological advantages provided by these tablets.
Dr. Sangma once again emphasized on the need to create newer avenues and opportunities for the youth in Meghalaya. He also highlighted his own endeavors towards establishing a college for architecture & urban planning which will be a first in the entire North East according to him, medical colleges and two engineering colleges. Other dignitaries like Additional Deputy Commissioner, P.K. Boro and Chairman, State Planning Board, Salseng Mark, also addressed the gathering.