To give an impetus to healthcare in Assam, two new health schemes are being rolled out this year.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that an announcement to this effect will be made during the visit of the Union Health Minister Ambubani Ramadoss on July 8, 2008.
Scheme one of National Rural Health Mission endeavors to distribute 7000 mobile sets and SIM cards to doctors, nurses and other medical staff of the Accreditated Social Health Association. These measures will help medical staff give their best shot during emergencies.
Further, in collaboration with the Satyam group, an Emergency Medical Response Institute is being set up to fine tune the functioning of the health department.
A fund of Rs.50 crore has been allocated for this scheme during the first year which will improve health services by providing a well equipped ambulance with ICU in every block, to help critical patients from far flung areas.
The minister also announced that a 200 bed cancer hospital will be set up under the Guwahati Medical College by March 2009.