The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has sanctioned grants amounting to more than Rs. 17 crore towards upgradation and strengthening of trauma care facilities in Government Hospitals in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This is as part of the centrally sponsored scheme of “Capacity Development for Developing Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals located on National Highways” of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
Of the total amount sanctioned, Rs. 2.754 crore each has been sanctioned for four trauma care facilities at the Zonal Hospital Mandi for level III Trauma Care; Hamirpur Regional Hospital, Regional Hospital at Rampur, Shimla; and the District Hospital, Chamba. Whereas Rs. 6.075 crore has been sanctioned for Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical Hospital at Tanda in Kangra.
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda said that “The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is committed to strengthening of healthcare infrastructure in the state of Himachal Pradesh and this initiative is a step in that direction”.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken several steps for strengthening public health infrastructure in the state of Himachal Pradesh. An AIIMS has been approved for the state, further process is underway to make it operational soon; a tertiary Cancer Care Centre worth Rs. 45 cr has also been sanctioned in Shimla. The Health Ministry has also released the first instalment for upgradation of two district hospitals and two medical colleges in Nahan and Hamirpur.
A level-1 Trauma facility for Shimla also has been proposed by the state government. This is under consideration by the Centre. The process of procurement of health related equipment worth Rs.32.78 cr for the Tanda Medical College is underway and the procurement process is nearing completion. The order shall be placed by end of December.
Against the long standing demand of the state to open a CGHS Wellness Centre, the Ministry approved one for Shimla in December 2014.