Thursday, April 29, 2010
Existing STNM hospital @ Gangtok will serve as Emergency Wing:Superintendent
GANGTOK, April 28: In a development that could rein in the controversy surrounding the relocation of Sir Thutop Namgyal Memorial (SNTM) hospital to Sichey from its present location, a hospital authority today said the heritage hospital will be conserved.
The present structure will be kept as it is and there will be no fiddling with it, said STNM superintendent Dr IL Sharma to reporters here today. He added that the present STNM hospital should not be linked with the upcoming multi-specialty hospital at Sichey.
Dr Sharma said that emergency wing of the STNM hospital will be maintained while other modern facilities will be coming up at the 557 bedded new multi-specialty hospital at Sichey.
It should not be understood that that the existing structure will be demolished for other projects once the new multi-specialty hospital comes up at 25 acres of land at Sichey, said the STNM superintendent in response to concerns expressed by various organizations.
At the same time, they should understand that we are trying to provide better treatment options here at Sichey to the Sikkimese people who are going to Siliguri, Delhi and Bangalore for treatment, said Dr Sharma.
“No one anywhere is affected by the construction of a new hospital. Instead, people benefit”, said the STNM superintendent.
Dr Sharma highlighted that the upcoming multi-specialty hospital at Sichey is a visionary decision of the State government to extend modern treatment facilities and give more benefit to the people of Sikkim. He pointed out that there is no nursing college in Sikkim. Due to this, we have not been able to fulfill the requirement of 300 more nurses in the State, he said.
Once the new hospital comes up, the State will be having its own nursing home and nursing board along with a medical college, said Dr Sharma. He appealed those opposing the shifting of the STNM hospital to support the State government in setting up nursing and medical colleges in the State
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