‘MIMER will transform NE healthcare sector’

IMPHAL, 15th Oct: Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) director Professor L Fimate has stated that the newly inaugurated MIMER would not only emerge as the most renowned but also the top healthcare institute out of all hospitals or institutions in the north-eastern region.
Although MIMER was inaugurated only on August 7 this year, it has been able to achieve the same level as that of other medical colleges and institutes in the northeastern region including RIMS of Manipur. MIMER has surpassed Manipur in terms of equipment available in the institute.
Speaking to The People’s Chronicle in this regard, Professor L Fimate, former Director of RIMS, maintained that MIMER would soon be at the forefront of all medical colleges of NE region owing to the support of Mizoram government and its people. The institute has been able to provide certain services to the people that are not available at other hospitals. For example, MIMER produces its own oxygen and supplies them to each patient’s bed through a system of pipelines and as such, there is no need to procure oxygen from other states, he added.
He further informed that a blood bank is also present at the Hospital wherein latest equipment for blood separation faculties are provided, apart from having a capacity of 20 ICU beds. In addition, efforts have been taken up for expansion of the college building. The administration block is currently being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore. Two blocks would also be constructed which will serve as separate male and female hostels having 650 rooms. For now, rooms for 74 people are being constructed. All on-going constructions are to be completed within two years, he stated.
Regarding the facilities provided to patients, Prof Fimate said that all patients are ensured free medical treatment in most cases. A pharmacy has been set up in the hospital for providing free medicines, sponsored by the Mizoram government, he added.
Health care system in Mizoram is in a far better state compared to its neighbouring states, considering that OTs in most district hospitals are fairly equipped and facilities of CT Scan and other diagnostics tests are made available. The number of doctors and nurses are also adequate. All of these have been possible because the government, along with the people gave more priority to the healthcare sector. The political parties in Mizoram also do not play politics when it comes to the health sector and the hospital authority is given full autonomy in all related matters, the director conveyed.
On the other hand, Mizoram faces a high rate of unemployment. However, many qualified and educated youth have been able to get jobs since the opening of MIMER. As such, the hospital has been able to reduce the unemployment rate of the state in some way, Prof Fimate added.
It may be mentioned that MIMER, located about 16 kms from the state capital Aizawl, became fully functional after it was inaugurated on August 7 this year. Around 100 students were admitted to its first academic session, of which 15 percent of the seats are reserved for All-India, another 15 for non-resident Indians and 70 for state quota. Efforts are underway to upgrade and increase the bed capacity of the hospital from 250 to 300.

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