Foundation of Medical College at USTM laid by CM in presence of Rhonda Vetere
9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhoi, October 3, 2022: The “P.A. Sangma International Medical College & Hospital”—a mega dream project of ERD Foundation Guwahati and its founder Chairman Mahbubul Hoque has seen the beginning of implementation with the grand foundation laying ceremony held today at the proposed medical college ground at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya. The foundation was laid by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in presence of Rhonda Vetere, Global Leader from USA in the presence of former Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary, Home and Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Transport and PWD Minister Dasakhitbha Lamare; Health Minister James Sangma, Dr R. C. Deka, former Director, AIIMS; Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, VC, Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences; Dr Abdul Wase, Prof. of Medicine, USA; Mr Faisal Masood, Managing Partner, EO, USA apart from other distinguished guests.
Eminent doctors from all over the North East and from various parts of the country and abroad witnessed the auspicious occasion at USTM. The Chief Minister addressed the programme after the foundation laying ceremony. The welcome address in the programme was made by Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM while the presidential speech was delivered by Shri R.S. Mooshahary. The programme was also addressed by Shri Lahkmen Rymbui, Shri Dasakhitbha Lamare and Shri James Sangma. Prof GD Sharma, VC, USTM offered the vote of thanks. A press conference was held after the formal ceremony which was addressed by Rhonda Vetere, Mahbubul Hoque, Prof. GD Sharma and other high officials of USTM.
Addressing the media, Shri Hoque said, “One of the main features of the Medical College and Hospital is a 200-bedded super speciality hospital with all kinds of technological facilities with cutting-edge research. Following its mission, this hospital will be made completely free for all poor patients. Moreover, we will make its service entirely free for the people of Meghalaya”. Another significant perspective of this noble initiative is its emphasis on extensive research on healthcare. This new institution has its unique target: to attract patients and students from the ASEAN countries. During the initial stage, it will specially target patients and students from Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
Besides all technological facilities and high ending equipment, the medical college and hospital will have air ambulance facility, a network of ambulance services that will be provided covering Guwahati and Shillong. Mobile App will be developed so that patients can take hassle-free appointments of the doctors, can avail Ambulance and various other fascilities. This will help save their time and get doctors available when they arrive at the hospital. “USTM will be organising National and International seminars and conferences in the healthcare sector. We welcome the support and suggestions of all healthcare experts from NE India in our mission”, Hoque stated.
It could be mentioned here that many doctors from the North East who are working abroad have already expressed their interest to join in this healthcare mission. In order to materialise its Mission Global, the USTM has selected Madam Rhonda Vetere, one of the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, author and a global leader from New York to work worldwide for the University. Today, she has joined USTM as its Global Ambassador on the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony of the Medical College at USTM campus.