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CM inaugurates six PSA plants—-People from all walks of life greet CM on his birthday

Launches Drishti, School Health & Wellness Program and National T.B. eradication programme under NHM

More than two lakh children of 15 to 18 years vaccinated in the State

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur virtually inaugurated six PSA plants at Medical College Chamba, Civil Hospital Chowari, Chamba, DDU Shimla, KNH Shimla, Regional Hospital Rampur and Civil Hospital Rohru at a cost of Rs 6.60 crore at Peterhof, Shimla today. Out of these six plants, five have been established through PM CAREs and one through CSR. He also inaugurated two CT scan machines one at Nahan Medical College in Sirmaur district and another Medical College in Chamba district at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Both these machines are of 128 slices, which would help in microscopic examination of diseases at a faster pace. He also inaugurated advanced technology digital X-ray machine for Nahan Medical College.

Chief Minister also launched three new health programs under the National Health Mission. Under Mission Drishti, the eyes of children of classes VI to XII would be examined and free spectacles would be provided as per the requirement. Under the School Health and Wellness Program under Ayushman Bharat Scheme, two teachers would be nominated as Health and Wellness Ambassadors from each school and would be trained on 11 aspects related to adolescent health. These ambassadors would further prepare at least two students of each class as Health and Wellness Messengers. At present, this program was being started in 3017 schools in six districts of Mandi, Kangra, Bilaspur, Una, Chamba and Sirmaur and later it would be extended to other districts as well.

Besides this, National T.B. eradication programme was also launched by the Chief Minister, which aims to make the State T.B. free by the year 2025. He also launched the booklets regarding guidelines regarding TB Eradication Programme and other publications of Health Department on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Jai Ram Thakur said that it was a matter of satisfaction that today the State has 41 PSA Plants, 11543 D-Type, 3837 B-Type and 1400 A-Type Oxygen Cylinders and more than 5000 Oxygen Concentrators with a capacity to produce more than 95 metric tonnes of oxygen. He said that at one stage, the State had only two oxygen plants at Shimla and Tanda. He said that two CT scan machines have also been dedicated today by him one at Nahan Medical College in Sirmaur district and another Medical College in Chamba district at a cost of rupees five crore each. He said that these machines would help the people of Chamba and Sirmaur districts in ensuring better diagnostic facilities nearer to their homes. He said that since these machines are of 128 slices, they would ensure latest facilities to the patients.

Chief Minister said that the State government was working vigorously for eradication of TB, for which number of C.B. NAT machines was being increased in the state. He said that TB patients were being given financial assistance of Rs. 1500 per month in addition to this, Rs. 500 being provided by the Government of India’s per month during the period of treatment.

Jai Ram Thakur said that during the last three days, more than two lakh children in the age group of 15 to 18 years have been vaccinated in the State. He expressed hope that the State would also complete the vaccination of all eligible children at a fast pace and again become first State in the country to achieve this milestone.

Chief Minister said that the number of cases of Covid-19 was increasing in a sharp pace which was a matter of concern. He also urged the people to ensure Covid-19 appropriate behaviour as even today prevention was better than cure. He said that the State Government has imposed few restrictions to check the spread of the virus. He said that the State Government was well aware of the situation and was ready to meet out any eventuality.

Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the State has successfully tackled the pandemic during the last two year and credit of this goes to the able leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and dedicated team of doctors, paramedical staff and other health workers. He said that the health institutions of the State has been strengthened during the last four years and State has emerged as a self-sufficient State in providing better and specialised health services to the people of the State.

Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal said that the three programmes launched by the Chief Minister today would go a long way in making the State happy and healthy. He said that a new technology Medicine Event and Reminder Monitor (MERM) box was also being launched in the state. He said that Himachal Pradesh was performing best in TB eradication programme and expressed hope that the State definitely would achieve the goal of becoming the first TB free state in the country.

Secretary Health Amitabh Avasthi welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries. He also detailed salient features of various schemes launched by the Chief Minister on the occasion.

Mission Director, National Health Mission Hemraj Bairwa presented vote of thanks.

Social Welfare and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, MLAs Balbir Singh Verma, Hira Lal, Paramjit Pammi and Kishori Lal, former MP Prof. Virender Kashyap, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Satya Kaundal, Chairman HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Vice Chairman State Civil Supplies Corporation Baldev Tomar, Chairperson Land Mortgage Bank Shashi Bala, were present at Shimla whereas MP and State BJP President Suresh Kashyap and MP Kishan Kapoor, MLA Dr. Rajiv Bindal and Vikram Jaryal and Pawan Nayar joined the event virtually.

People from all walks of life greet CM on his birthday

The 57th birthday of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm here today. People from all walks of life gathered at his official residence ‘Oak Over’ and wished healthy and long life to the Chief Minister. Wife of Chief Minister and Chairperson, State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section, Dr. Sadhna Thakur was also present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of various States wished the Chief Minister a happy and prosperous birthday. They wished a long and healthy life for him.

Chief Minister also released calendars of HIMFED, HP State Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank Ltd and Kailash District Co-operative Marketing and Consumer Federation Ltd. on the occasion.

Ministers, MLAs, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, senior Civil and Police officers and other people also wished happy birthday to the Chief Minister.