Health sector progressing in state, says N Biren

IMPHAL, 22nd Dec: Manipur is one of the progressive states in the field of health sector and the present government is trying its best to provide quality and better healthcare services to the people.
This was stated by chief minister N Biren Singh at the valedictory function of 29th edition of NEOGSCON (North-east Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies Conference) held at JNIMS auditorium, Porompat Saturday.
The three-day conference was organised by Imphal Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (IOGS).
Attending as chief guest of the function, Biren said Manipur has lowest infant mortality rate in the country while maternal mortality rate is around 60 per 1 lakh live births as compared to the national MMR of about 178 maternal deaths per 1 lakh live births.
Congratulating the obstetrics and gynaecologists, the chief minister said that such figures speak volumes of the amount of dedication and work being done by them in the state.
According to N Biren, government is trying its best to improve health sector and process for construction of 19 Transit Residential buildings in interior areas of the state have been initiated so that teachers and doctors posted in far flung areas could dispense their duties fully and sincerely. All these buildings would be completed in a year, he assured.
Since formation of the present BJP led government, various health care schemes have been launched and BPL families are being provided facilities under Chief Ministergee Hakshelgee Tengbang (CMHT). Apart from this, people are now getting health insurance and plans are afoot to begin air ambulance service for far flung areas, the CM maintained.
He also said that around 1915 beneficiaries have been provided medical facilities at JNIMS since implementation of CMHT while 105 beneficiaries have been provided medical facilities under Ayushman Bharat. Another 20 beneficiaries are currently undergoing treatment at hospital under the two schemes, he added.
Stating that government and its medical Institutions alone cannot meet all the health care needs of the people, he mentioned that there has to be a collaborative and cooperative effort between the government and private healthcare practitioners and institutions to provide quality healthcare to the people of the state.
JNIMS director professor Th Bhimo Singh, who was guest of honour at the function, said that mortality rate of mother and infant are generally high as pregnant woman carries several life threatening health risks. Cases of gynae and obstetrics need to be collectively tackled by physician, cardiologist, endocrinologist and nephrologist as it would help in saving both mother and child even in extreme cases, he added.
On behalf of JNIMS authority staff and students, Th Bhimo congratulated chief minister N Biren on being selected for Champion of Change Award-2018 by the Interactive Forum of Indian Economy.
President of Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) Dr Jaideep Malhotra, RIMS director professor A Shanta Singh, professor Ng Indrakumar Singh, members of FOGSI and IOGS and others attended the function.

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