Coinciding with the 50th Statehood Day of Meghalaya, Health Minister James K Sangma on Friday inaugurated the first ever state-of-the-art diagnostic centre in the NorthEast region.


The diagnostic centre has been set up on a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Directorate of Health Services (MI) and the Suraksha Salvia Global LLP.


Its objective is to provide affordable, comprehensive and efficient diagnostic services, utilizing the latest and most sophisticated technology, which in turn will ensure timely intervention and treatment to the people.


Besides Pathology, the diagnostic centre will also provide services relating to Oncology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Orthopaedics, Nephrology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Pulmonology.


Addressing the inaugural programme, Sangma said, “I dedicate this state-of-the-art diagnostic center to the people of Meghalaya on the 50th year of our state.”


“It’s a proud moment and a red letter day for the state. I am very proud that today we are able to inaugurate the state-of-the-art diagnostic centre alongside the celebration of our 50th year of statehood.”


According to him, the centre will help the people in getting accurate results in short time and all this at the comfort of not having to leave the state.


He also expressed gratitude to the former health minister Alexander Laloo Hek for his vision to have such a facility in the state.


Stating that diagnostic is the bedrock of any kind of prognosis, Sangma however said, “More than the bedrock or the foundation of the basis, I think today when it comes to modern medicine this is an essential step before which you can proceed further in terms of medical treatment.”


He said with the setting up of this facility where all such diagnosis services is available in one place, people now will no longer have to go outside the state.



Principal Secretary in-charge Health & Family Welfare Sampath Kumar informed that the State Health Policy, focuses on a three-dimensional positive health care model which stresses on curative and preventive care for overall health and the newly inaugurated Diagnostic Centre is an important initiative for the people and will immensely contribute to preventive health care, he added.


He further informed that the Government has recently set up Village Health Councils which has helped in engaging communities more actively in seeking health care.


The launch of the Early Childhood Development Mission which focuses on taking care of the entire childhood period of a child in a convergence mode and other initiatives undertaken by the Government will go a long way in improving the healthcare system in the State.