Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, inaugurated several new facilities at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong, Meghalaya. The inaugurated facilities include a Regional Cancer Centre, an Under-Graduate Medical College, a new building for the Nursing College, hostels, 8 Modular Operation Theatres, a Virtual Autopsy, and a new Guest House. Additionally, the foundation stone for a 150-bed Critical Care Block at the institute was laid during the ceremony.
Dr. Mandaviya emphasized that these new facilities will significantly enhance healthcare services in the Northeast region, addressing the crucial need for quality healthcare. He highlighted the government’s commitment to improving health infrastructure in the region and providing better healthcare services.
The Health Minister also expressed that these facilities will contribute to attracting and retaining medical professionals in the Northeast. He praised the work culture and cleanliness at NEIGRIHMS and assured ongoing support for further development of infrastructure to make the institute a hub for medical treatment, research, and training in the region. Dr. Mandaviya underscored the holistic approach of the government towards the health sector, focusing on creating advanced medical infrastructure, increasing the number of medical colleges and healthcare centers, and establishing Critical Care units across the country.
The newly inaugurated Regional Cancer Centre is a state-of-the-art facility with 252 beds, providing comprehensive cancer care services to patients from the Northeast region. Other facilities, including the Under-Graduate Medical College, Nursing College, hostels, Modular Operation Theatres, and Virtual Autopsy, aim to enhance medical education, training, and healthcare services in the region.
The virtual autopsy facility, one of the most advanced in the country, utilizes non-invasive post-mortem examination techniques using medical imaging technology to create a 3D model of the body. The construction of a 150-bed Critical Care Block under the Pradhan Mantri – Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) is a significant step to ensure adequate care during infectious disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19. These initiatives are part of the government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and services for the benefit of the people in Meghalaya and the entire Northeast region.