Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday, attended the inaugural function of the Medical Seminar cum Continuing Medical Education organized by the Composite Hospital BSF Shillong.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stressed on the need for a collective approach to improve the health sector in the State.
He lauded the initiative of the BSF to provide better healthcare to the people especially to those living in the rural and border areas that do not have access to proper healthcare facilities.
“On behalf of the State I would like to thank the BSF for providing not just security and protection but also for rendering their valuable service to the people in the health care sector”, the Chief Minister said.
Terming the BSF as ‘Border Security Friend’, the Chief Minister appreciated the activities which are being taken by the security forces to provide health care facilities. He also asked the BSF to organize and plan activities that would facilitate creation of jobs in rural areas along the international border.
He also asked the BSF to work at the grassroots to create awareness on environment and conservation of natural resources. “BSF with its huge manpower along the international border can play a pivotal role in dissemination of correct information and educate the rural masses about environment protection and conservation,” he added.
The Chief Minister also expressed his concern on the widespread use of harmful chemicals in preservation of food items such as fish and fruits. He said that government is looking at ways to ensure that adulterated food items were not sold in market.
“Fish and fruit items are increasingly being sold with the use of harmful chemicals that can have adverse impact on the health and well-being of our people. States like Nagaland and Arunachal have stopped import of fish from outside. We have asked the department of food and civil supplies and health to study our market and ensure safety of food, particularly the fish that are imported from outside,” the Chief Minister added.