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Geyzing gets dialysis centre

Friday, Jul 03, 2020 15:45 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Jul 03, 2020 10:00 [IST]

Geyzing gets dialysis centre

GEYZING: Patients in West Sikkim need not go to Gangtok or outside the State for treatment of kidney-related problems hereafter as a dialysis unit was inaugurated at the district hospital, at Geyzing on Thursday.  However, the new facility will be operational only after the technicians complete thenecessary training.
“It shouldn’t take much time. The facility should be operational soon,” Health minister Dr. M.K Sharma said while inaugurating the five-bedded unit.
Present on the occasion were SLA deputy Speaker Sangay Lepcha, Lok Sabha MP Indra Hang Subba, area MLA and minister Lok Nath Sharma, Transport minister Sanjeet Kharel, Roads& Bridges minister Samdup Lepcha, PHE minister Bhim Hang Subba, and officials from west district administration and Health department.
Following the inauguration, a brief programme was held at the conference hall of the hospital wherechief medical officer Dr. Anusha Lama said the new facility of dialysis would serve the medical needs of the common people who cannot afford to travel to other hospitals outside the district. “The setting up of the dialysis unit at Geyzing hospital was under process since last year. The unit was necessary so that the general people can access the dialysis facilities in the district itself instead of travelling to other hospitals outside the district,” she said.
Dr. Lama thanked the State government, west district administration and Health department for introduction of dialysis unit in the district hospital. “It is due to sincere efforts of all including Health department, district administration and individuals, the dialysis unit came up,” she said.
During the meeting, Dr. Lama also shared that the hospital lacks sufficient workforce and urged the concerned department to do the necessary to resolve the matter. She said the west district Health department has been working to improve services in the district and the positive changes and improvement were visible off late.
Health minister Dr. M.K. Sharma congratulated the Health department officials for being able to set up dialysis unit at the hospital and pressed for ensuring sustainability of necessary medical services to the general people through dialysis facility. “Facility of dialysis in the district will ease the problems being faced by the common people of West Sikkim. Now, the people can access the dialysis facility here in Geyzing itself, subsequently saving time and money,” Sharma said.
Dr. Sharma maintained that the State government was working with utmost sincerity for the development of health sector in the State and credited the present government for that improvement and upgradation of basic medical facilities. "Development of health-based services in the State has been given priority and we have been able to upgrade the medical services as per the need of time and aspirations of the people,” said Sharma.
The minister further stated that the State government was working with a vision to avail super-specialty medical facilities in all the district hospitals of the State. He stressed upon proper coordination and participation amongst all the distinct units of health sector for bringing about necessary changes in the sector. "Each and everybody should work as a cohesive unit and the local participations is must to take the health sector forward,” the Health minister said.
On the matter of requirement of human resources in the hospital, Dr. Sharma expressed that the Health department had not been able to manage 100% workforce owing to various reasons. However, he added that requisite numbers of health workers were appointed to curb the problems of lack of human resource in the health sector.
Minister and area MLA Lok Nath Sharma also addressed the gathering. He said the dialysis unit in the district hospital was much needed and thanked the State government for coming up with a “constructive” initiative. “A long pending demand of the general people of West Sikkim has finally come to fruition. It is a moment of pride for the people of West Sikkim,” he said. 

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi