Health Minister inaugurates ICU and ETP at Shillong Civil Hospital

Shillong, July 15: Meghalaya Minister for Health and Family Welfare,  A L Hek officially inaugurated the State of the Art 12-bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU)  at Civil Hospital Shillong on Monday.

The ICU, which is an upgradation of the existing 6-bedded ICU, is well equipped with the latest technology for patient needing specialised care and interventions. This ICU has been sanctioned from the State Plan under the SPA (Special Plan Assistance) at an amount of Rs. 4.27 crore.

In his inaugural speech, the Minister informed that the ICU service is MHIS linked and thus free treatment is being provided to the beneficiaries. He expressed confidence that the ICU facilities will ensure that quality services are made available at very affordable minimal costs.

The Minister said that the government is committed to provide the best health care to our citizens and in this endeavour, it has been receiving  unstinted cooperation from doctors, nurses and health care personnel. “Missionary zeal and humane approach is the key to good and satisfactory services and when acted upon with a touch of passion, coordination and cooperation of all stakeholders, smooth delivery of health care services is ensured”, he said.

On this day, the Minister also commissioned the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) of the Hospital which will ensure safe and proper disposal of the liquid waste emanating from the different departments of this institution which will be of immense benefit to the public. The ETP will help in reusing the waste water thereby decreasing the demand of water consumption and treated liquid discharges that can be safely released and have no ill effects on the environment.

Construction of the turnkey project was started in the later part of 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs. 83 lakh. The first trial run was done on January 21 this year and the final trial run on  July 5.