Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday assured full cooperation to the only medical college hospital of the state, Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), for its expansion and growth.
Chairing the 5th governing council meeting of TRIHMS, Khandu called for a realistic and practical proposal on the appointment of faculty members and other staff for consideration and a decision by the government.
He said there is a need to define staffers of Health Services department and that of TRIHMS.
Taking stock of the under-construction block II of TRIHMS at Naharlagun, the CM asked for its speedy completion.
“I understand Covid-19 pandemic did hinder the ongoing works but as the superstructure of the sixth floor building is already complete it must be functional by this year,” he said.
The new block will house Emergency & Trauma Center, Cardiac Cath lab, 10 bedded Intensive Care Units (ICUs), 5-10 bedded Cardiac Care units, Neonatal Care Unit of 10 to 15 beds besides Cardiac, Plastic Surgery and Burn Care wards.
The hospital that started as a state hospital had 140 beds, which was increased to 300 beds when it became the Tomo Riba State Hospital. After conversion to TRIHMS, the hospital today has 500 beds and envisages to increase its capacity to 741 beds after completion of all infrastructural components.
Earlier at the start of the meeting, all members paid tributes to Dr P J Gogoi, Regional Director, Regional Office of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, member of the Governing Council, who passed away due to Covid-19 complicacies on October 9 last year. Dr Gogoi was one of the main architects of TRIHMS and was very active and passionate about the institute’s functioning and growth.
State Health Minister Alo Libang, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, Director of NEIGRIHMS, Principal of Tezpur Medical College and other members were present in the meeting.