SHILLONG, July 06: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has called for a collective effort in improving the health sector in Meghalaya.
Conrad had made this appeal while speaking during the inaugural function of the Medical Seminar cum Continuing Medical Education organised by the Composite Hospital BSF Shillong.
Conrad also lauded the initiative of the BSF to provide better healthcare to the people especially to those living in the rural and border areas that do not have access to proper healthcare facilities.
“On behalf of the state, I would like to thank BSF for providing not just security and protection but also for rendering their valuable service to the people in the health care sector,” the Chief Minister said.
Terming the BSF as ‘Border Security Friend’, the Chief Minister lauded the activities which are being taken by the security forces to provide health care facilities. He also asked the BSF to organise and plan activities that would facilitate creation of job in rural areas along the international border.
He also asked the BSF to work at the grassroot to create awareness on environment and conservation of natural resources. “BSF with its huge manpower along the international border can play a pivotal role in dissemination of correct information and educate the rural masses for environment protection and conservation,” he added.
The Chief Minister also expressed his concern over the widespread use of harmful chemicals in preservation of food items such as fish and fruits. He said that the government is looking at ways to ensure that adulterated food items were not sold in market.
“Fish and fruit items are increasingly being sold with the use of harmful chemicals that can have adverse impact on the health and well-being of our people. State like Nagaland and Arunachal have stopped import of fish from outside. We have asked the department of food and civil supplies and health to study our market and ensure safety of food, particularly the fish that are imported from outside,” the Chief Minister added.