Early this week, the Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad Chaurasia inaugurated the state's only tuberculosis and respiratory diseases hospital at the STNM Hospital Complex at Sochakgang in the presence of the Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang. M. K. Sharma, minister for health and family welfare and Sanjit Kharel, minister from the building and housing department were present at the inaugural event along with a few other dignitaries and the medical staff of STNM Hospital.
The state's only tuberculosis and respiratory diseases hospital inaugurated at the STNM Hospital Complex at Sochakgang shall now cater to COVID patientsAfter the inauguration, the Governor and the Chief Minister had inspected the facilities of the hospital in detail. In his brief interaction with the media, the Chief Minister urged the people of the state to abide by the government guidelines for COVID-19 and also called for strict adherence of the standard operating procedures. He said that the new facility would cater to patients suffering from tuberculosis and other respiratory illnesses. This new facility envisages tackling even the severest of cases so that no critical patients need to be transported to hospitals in other neighboring states.
However, now during the ongoing pandemic this facility shall largely cater to COVID patients. It has a capacity to accommodate a number of extra beds in emergency situations.