Health Centre at Pakyong

Construction of New Health Centre and free Health checkup cum Blood donation camp at Pakyong, East Sikkim. Mr.G.D Gupta, GM, Projects, Pakyong Airport and Mrs Renu Gupta, President Kalyanmayee , Pakyong Airport are the pioneers in taking up the new CSR project of New Health Centre and free Health checkup cum Blood donation camp at Pakyong, East Sikkim. Airports Authority of India has taken up construction work of New Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, Sikkim.

The construction of Airport shall be a boon to the people and economy of the state but at present the construction work has caused inconvenience to the local people due to frequent disruption in power supply, water supply, increased traffic and dusty environment. As the work is being executed round the clock, the Construction machinery keeps on moving in and around Pakyong causing continuous air and noise Pollution.

Although all efforts are being made to minimize the effects but still the pollution effect is significant for the residents of this small & calm hilly Town.   To assuage the feelings of the local residents and also to achieve the Kalyanmayee Motto of social welfare, it was pertinent to do some social welfare works which directly touches and benefits the people and, the field of Health was chosen as the available health facilities were felt inadequate. Pakyong is a small hilly town with population around 4000 surrounded by small hilly hamlets/Basties numbering more than 100 in a radius of 10 KM of Pakyong. The only medical facility available for these is a small PHC at Pakyong. Almost no emergency aid is available in PHC and patients have to be rushed to Gangtok in case of even minor emergencies which takes more than 1 hours travel time.

The following social welfare works in the field of Health were approved for taking up: -

  1. Construction of New Health Centre at Pakyong with facilities complementing existing Primary Health Centre with following salient features:
  2. Double storey structure with total floor area around 2000 Sq. ft. with facilities for diagnosis by specialized Doctors.
  3. Provision of latest medical equipments like ultra sound, Pulse Oscimetry, Monitors, Infusion Pump, Lab Equipments etc.
  4. Free Medicines for deserving patients.

Holding of quarterly free Health check – up camps.

1st free Health Check – up and Blood Donation camp was organized on 29th of November’ 2009, Sunday. The All India President Kalyanmayee, Mrs. Archna Agarwal inaugurated the 1st free health check – up cum Blood donation camp and laid the foundation stone for the construction of double storied health centre in the existing Primary Health Centre.

 This 24X7 Medical health Centre, with an estimated cost of Rs. 66Lacs, was inaugurated by Sh. N.M.Nambiar Secretary Civil Aviation in the august presence of Mrs. Krishnambika Nambiar, Sh. V.P.Agrawal Chairman AAI and Mrs. Archna Agrawal President Kalyanmayee on 29th October 2010. State Tourism Minister Sh. Bhim Dhungelwas present as the chief guest for the function.

To avoid duplication and ensure sustainability, the existing health facility of the Health Department Government of Sikkim is upgraded rather than creating an alternative facility. AAI in partnership of Govt. of Sikkim existing primary health centre is upgraded to a 24x7 Public Health Centre to make the services available to communities round the clock. This centre will be operated in a joint venture between Sikkim Govt. and Airports Authority of India (AAI).

As per the MOU signed, Sikkim Govt. will provide the Medical and Paramedical staff, while AAI will provide medicines.     The two storied health centre established in an area measuring around 2000sq.ft.,  is equipped with requisite medical equipment like ultrasound, Pulse oscimetry, Multiparameter monitor, Laryngoscope, Infusion pump and other emergency equipment complementing facilities available in a Public Health Centre.   This health centre will cater to more than 100 small hamlets in 25km area around Pakyong town population (Approx. 14,000).

In addition to that modalities are being worked out to develop referral linkages with a private Drug Rehabilitation centre and Mobile Medical Van to ensure communities have access to package of services.