Sikkim on Monday got the country’s Second biggest government hospital with a capacity of 1,002-beds at Sochaygang.

Chief  Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurated the New Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial  Multi-Speciality Hospital and claimed it was the second biggest  healthcare facility in the country after the All India Institute of  Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

The  hospital is built on 15 acres of land and was built at a cost of Rs 830  crore and took nine years to complete and the overall cost of the  project is Rs 1,281 crore.

While  inaugurating the hospital, Chamling said, “After AIIMS, this is the  biggest government hospital in the country and our government has  created history. The 100-year-old Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital  located in the heart of the capital would be now shifted to the new  hospital by the end of this month.”

“The  new hospital will start functioning from February 1 and the government  has appointed 47 regular doctors and 261 nurses for the hospital and is  in the process of appointing super specialists, specialists and  paramedics”, he added.

He further stated  that the hospital will provide free treatment to the residents of the  state and will also help its neighbouring regions, including Darjeeling,  north Bengal and the Northeast.

Source: Time 8