Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that though new health institutions would be opened as per the requirement in the state, the emphasis of the government would be on strengthening the existing institutes by providing state of the art facilities, deploying adequate doctors and staff so that the people get quality health services near to their homes.

He was presiding over the Silver Jubilee celebrations (Rajotsav) of Himachal Dental College and Hospital at Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar in Mandi district on Sunday.

He said the college had earned a special name and achieved many milestones over the years. He appreciated the efforts of the college for adopting schools for differently abled children, old age homes and various gram panchayats of the area as social responsibility. He expressed happiness that so far more than 700 dental doctors had pass out this college.

Thakur said that it was must to create awareness amongst the masses about dental health. He said the government would ensure availability of a dental doctor in every primary health centre in the rural areas in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister said state government was according top priority to strengthen the health services up to the rural and far-flung areas, be it infrastructure or

vacancies.

BJP MLA from Sundernagar, Rakesh Jamwal hailed the state government’s decision to have a medical university at Ner Chowk.