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4 integrated public health labs inaugurated in Tripura | North East India News

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Friday jointly inaugurated four integrated public health laboratories (IPHLs) in North Tripura, Gomati and Unakoti districts.

Mandaviya, who joined virtually from New Delhi, said the central government has recently facilitated laying the foundation stones for 85 healthcare projects in northeast India, with a cumulative fund involvement of Rs 1,102 crore.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “revolutionising” the priorities given to the development of northeast India, Mandaviya said Modi has shifted the perception of ‘Look East’ in the erstwhile Congress regime to ‘Act East’ now.

On the projects for which foundation stones were laid on Friday, Mandaviya said the central government has been laying focus on providing low-cost but reliable services and quality healthcare infrastructure development and on research and development on the pharmaceutical sector for making India a global superpower.

The IPHLs were launched under the PM- Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) which works to provide comprehensive laboratory services, super speciality diagnostic services including infectious diseases diagnostics along with testing of haematology, clinical biochemistry, microbiology, virology, pathology parameters etc.

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In his address, CM Saha, who is himself a maxillofacial surgeon-turned-politician and holds the health portfolio, said the central government has focused on the motto ‘Health for all’ and said his government has been reaching out to far-flung hamlets with tribal communities living in them.

Exemplifying his government’s commitment to better healthcare and diagnostic services throughout Tripura, Saha said his government has set up IPHLs in Dhalai and South Tripura districts, both of which await inauguration soon while two more are expected to come up at Khowai and Sepahijala districts.

Saha also said the forthcoming diagnostic services would provide free services that would help in the early detection of diseases, easy access, smoother affordability and quality healthcare at a high speed in remote areas.

These new integrated laboratories can perform 147 different diagnostic tests and generate faster and more accurate diagnostic results and research, thereby influencing crucial decisions in real-time. These institutions are also expected to function as hubs for providing technical support to public health laboratories and act as referral units for block, subdivision, and other subordinate diagnostic laboratories.


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