Satyapal Rajput, Raipur. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today performed Bhumi Pujan of the Center of Excellence of Sickle Cell Institute at Devendra Nagar Chowk Jail Road in capital Raipur. It will be constructed in 2.96 acres of land, which will cost 48 crore 12 lakhs. World class facilities will be available in this Center of Excellence. This initiative will be beneficial not only for the people of the state but also for the bordering states.
Addressing the program, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that in the last four and a half years, unprecedented works were done in the health department. People have got facilities for health check-up through Haat Bazar and other means in the city. Malaria-free Bastar campaign and later Malaria-free Chhattisgarh campaign was launched, due to which malaria has reduced up to 65 percent. About 10 percent of the population of Chhattisgarh is suffering from sickle cell. This is a huge figure, that is why it is also a big challenge. To meet this challenge, our government is continuously working with commitment.
CM Baghel said, the state’s Sickle Cell Institute will be upgraded as a center of excellence, facilities will increase and research work will accelerate. Along with treatment, awareness is also necessary for the prevention of sickle cell. If proper treatment of the patient is started on time, medicines are made available to them on time, then their physical side effects can be reduced. They too can live a long life. For this, it is most important that the disease is identified on time. Necessary counseling can be given to people with sickle cell’s genetic trait before identifying them, so that the spread of this disease can also be reduced.
Presently sickle cell institute is providing facility of examination, consultation, treatment and medicines to sickle cell patients free of cost. From October 2022, sickle cell test and counseling centers have been started in all the district hospitals and government medical colleges of the state. Now it is being extended to the lower level as well. At the development block level, the work of setting up testing and counseling centers in community health centers has started. After this it will be expanded to primary health centers as well. Sickle cell patients will be identified at the village level through Mitanins and then treatment will be provided to them.
The program was presided over by Health Minister TS Singh. Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Chhattisgarh Housing Board Chairman Kuldeep Juneja, Raipur District Panchayat President Domeshwari Verma, Former MP Nandkumar Sai, Padma Shri Dr. ATK Dabke, Sickle Cell Director General Dr. Usha Joshi, Dean Dr. as special guests. Trupti Nagriya, Commissioner Medical Education Mohammad Qaiser Abdul Haque were present.
Health Minister TS Singhdev informed that the Sickle Cell Institute Ch.G. Raipur is being upgraded as a Center of Excellence, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 48 crore, in which all kinds of modern facilities will be available in the coming times, keeping in mind the interest of the patients. There will be a facility of 100 beds, in which emergency medicine, OT, ICU, OPD, male ward, female ward and kids ward are being constructed. The institute will also have a research lab building, which will have different types of labs for genetic level research, so that research work related to the treatment of this disease can be done.
An auditorium with a capacity of 250 persons and a recreational block are also being constructed in the institute, so that children suffering from sickle cell can be entertained. A canteen is being constructed in this building, so that the relatives accompanying the patient from far-flung places can get food from the canteen. Apart from this, a training block is also being constructed in the institute, in which training center, class room and accommodation will be available for the staff related to sickle cell. 24 flats are being constructed for the doctors in the Naveen Bhavan premises, so that the doctor’s availability remains 24 hours.