World-class Public Health Institute coming up in Bengal

The West Bengal Government has decided to constitute a global advisory group for developing an institute of public health at Nadia’s Kalyani. The group will comprise Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and other educationists who are experts in public health. The institute will be developed as a world-class global centre of education and research in public health.

“An Institute of Public Health is being set up at Kalyani, Nadia. The Institute will develop as a global centre to address key areas of education, research and policy formulations in public health and related subjects,” Mamata Banerjee posted on facebook on Wednesday.

Mamata added, “To make the Institute a world-class centre, we have decided to constitute a Global Advisory Group with eminent persons. They are Prof. Dr. Amartya Sen, Prof Abhijit Binayak Banerjee of MIT, Prof. Sir Michael Marmot, Director, University College of London Institute of Health Equity, Prof. Lincoln Chenn, Chairman, China Medical Board in US, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts, Prof. Grant Miller, Director, Stanford Centre for International Development, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President Public Health Foundation of India and Ms. K. Sujatha Rao, Ex Union Health Secretary.”

The state is developing Kalyani as a theme-based township. The town already has several plots earmarked for residential and commercial purposes. The CM has named the theme township ‘Samriddhi’

The government recently took the decision to set up the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Kalyani. The government has allotted 180 acres of land, worth Rs 57 crore, to set up the hospital.

Besides this, the state will develop Kalyani as an analytical city covering over 50 acres of land. Bengal expects to draw Rs 3000 crore of investment from the project.

Critical care in Govt hospitals to be upgraded in Bengal with Singapore tie-up

The West Bengal Government is all set to sign an agreement with its Singapore counterpart to upgrade critical care services in the public health care system in Bengal.

Critical care services are specialized and prompt treatment facilities are made available in a hospital’s critical care unit (CCU). A CCU provides patients in critical condition who require close and constant monitoring with specialized medical equipment to restore their normal bodily functions. CCUs have trained doctors and nurses available round the clock.

At the recently concluded Global Bengal Business Summit, the State health department had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Government in order to upgrade critical care services in state-run medical colleges and hospitals. An agreement between Bengal and Singapore will be signed soon. Officials from the State health department will visit Singapore to finalise the agreement. A team of officials from the Singapore national health services government has already visited different medical colleges in Kolkata to discuss the issue.

According to the proposed agreement, around 100 specialist doctors and nurses associated with different state-run medical colleges and hospitals will undergo training programmes in critical care treatment in top hospitals run by the Singapore government in different phases. The critical care specialists from Singapore will also come to Kolkata to share their expertise with these 100 doctors and nurses. The entire training programme will span over three years.