Kaso says RKM not feasible for 200-bedded hospital

ITANAGAR, May 13: Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso has written to Health Minister Alo Libang to reconsider the decision to convert the RK Mission Hospital (RKMH) into a 200-bedded government hospital.
In the letter, Kaso stated that the RKMH at present is over crowded with patients and visitors.
“There is not enough space at the RKMH and establishment of new 200 bedded within its premises is not feasible,” the MLA wrote.
However, he emphasized that the institution has served the people of the capital region for more than four decades and the hospital should expand its present infrastructure to meet future needs.
Kaso further added that the urban development department has massive unused land available at Pagatara, Jollang which can be used for the establishment of a 200-bedded green field hospital.
He appealed to the health minister to take decision in the larger interest of the people of Itanagar and consider the suggestion put forward by him.
Earlier, several civil society bodies and students unions, such as the All Nyishi Youth Association and the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union had opposed the move, claiming that the RKMH is located in a congested part of Itanagar and does not have enough land for future expansion. They had urged the government to construct the new hospital on the outskirts of the capital region.