New Delhi, Mar 31 (FN Representative) Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday laid the foundation stone of 500 bedded hospital in Dehradun and three 50-bedded Critical Care Blocks at Rudraprayag, Nainital and Srinagar Pauri. As per the official statement, the Critical Care Blocks at Rudraprayag and Nainital will be constructed under the Emergency COVID Response Package – II (ECRP-II) package while the one at Srinagar will be built under the PM-ABHIM scheme. A total of Rs 71.25 crore has been sanctioned for three critical care blocks in Srinagar Pauri, Rudraprayag and Haldwani, Nainital in order to make healthcare facilities accessible to the general public, in coordination with the Government of Uttarakhand.
“An amount of Rs 23.75 crore has been approved for the construction of each critical care block,” said the statement. Facilities like ICU beds, HDU beds, isolation ward beds, isolation rooms, emergency beds, operation theatres, labor delivery rooms, joint care labs, and dialysis rooms will be provided in the Critical Care Blocks. The Ministry informed that the 500 bedded facility in Doon Medical College will be expanded with an amount of Rs 120 crores to upgrade and strengthen the medical infrastructure in the state. “With this initiative, patients coming from remote areas will also be able to get better treatment facilities in the state capital,” it said. Speaking at the event Mandaviya said, “Under the guidance of the Prime Minister, the work of upgradation and strengthening of medical infrastructure under Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) is in steady progress.
“Keeping in mind the experiences of the global epidemic of COVID, important work is being done under ECRP-II (Emergency COVID Response Package – II) to strengthen the medical units of the future.” Earlier on Thursday, Dr Mandaviya visited the Malari village in Chamoli district to review the Vibrant Village Programme and other development projects in Malari and nearby areas. Before departing for Malari, he also inspected the Jan Aushadi Kendra in Dehradun and interacted with health workers and beneficiaries there. Thanking the central government for “bringing in much needed health infrastructure in the state” Chief Minister of Uttarkhand Pushkar Singh Dhami stated that under the leadership of Prime Minister, India is surging ahead in the health sector with high impact schemes like Ayushman Bharat. “The Government of Uttarakhand is working with the Union Govt to provide quality and affordable healthcare services in the state,” he added.