"We need to have latest technologies and manpower to tackle various diseases. Mere buildings and infrastructure is not enough," Gogoi told the 40th Foundation Day of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati and stressed on intensive research on the killer disease.
He said that though there has been a sea-change in the health care system in the past few years, the state still has miles to go.
"We want extension of more health facilities to the rural areas of the state. The edifices of PHCs (public health centres) have to be strengthened for further improvement in the health scenario in the rural areas," he said.
Institute Director AC Kataki said that academic and research activities have been taken up by it in association with Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences and Gauhati University. Three-year radiology course has been introduced.
Vice-chancellor of the state-run Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences Umesh Chandra Sharma said that there were sufficient funds available with the institute for research projects on cancer.
Earlier, Tarun Gogoi inaugurated a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine and laid the foundation stones of married staff quarters, Rs 3.85 crore guest house for patients attendants (second unit) and the PET-CT building.


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