New Delhi, Sept 21 :The Centre today assured full support and cooperation to the Himachal Pradesh government for improving healthcare facilities in the state, including upgradation of three district hospitals to medical colleges and opening of four trauma centres. This was stated after a meeting between Health Minister J P Nadda and Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur to discuss healthcare issues in the state. (Read: J P Nadda visits Safdarjung to assess dengue outbreak preparedness)

“The Centre has assured its full support and cooperation to fast-track the pending healthcare-related projects and also to initiate new facilities in the state,” a senior ministry official said. He said that the ministry has agreed to set up a trauma centre at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, for which a team of doctors will be sent soon.

The ministry will also release funds for setting up four other trauma centres at Hamirpur, Chamba, Mandi and Rampur. Three district hospitals at Hamirpur, Nahan and Chamba will be upgraded to medical colleges. “First installment for this has been released and the second will also be done soon,” the official said.