Moirangpurel gets state-of-art PHC, upgrade likely

IMPHAL, 4th Jan: Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar inaugurated Moirangpurel Primary Health Centre (PHC), the first ever PHC run in public private partnership (PPP) mode, at Moirangpurel in Andro assembly constituency on Saturday.
State health department and Raj Medicity would be jointly running the health centre, which is located about 45 km away from here.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, Jayantakumar observed that care given to the patients is what makes a hospital different from others since medicines are all the same. On the other hand, patient parties should also understand the duties of doctors and risk they are taking in providing treatment and should refrain from resorting to violence in case of unwanted outcomes.
Maintaining that construction of the health centre intentionally skipped certain rules for the sake of the welfare of the people of Moirangpurel and its surrounding villages under the initiative of the local MLA, the minister said that there is no need to debate on flouting rules if the outcome is for the good of the society. “Even stealing for the greater good is okay,” the minister reasoned and gave the credit for the successful inauguration of the health centre to minister Th Shyamkumar.
Further informing that the PHC will be upgraded to CHC soon following cabinet approval, Jayantakumar said that the department will soon install deep freezer for immunisation and solar panels in the centre.
Raj Medicity managing director Rajen Haobijam, who also attended the inauguration function, said that the initiative to run the health centre is being taken up under its corporate social responsibility programme to reach out to the poor families in the healthcare sector. He also informed that treatment and other services in the health centre would be free of cost.
The PHC will function 24x7 with 30 to 50 staff. There will be super specialists available in general surgery, medicine, paediatrics, surgical oncology, plastic & reconstruction, orthopaedics, obstetrics & gynaecology OPDs. Apart from round the clock medical officer, free staff quarter, lab investigations, the PHC will also have a reserved ambulance for transferring difficult cases to other hospitals. Forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar, who presided over the function, said that the Moirangpurel health centre had been one of his long cherished dreams and the want of a good hospital led to the idea of running the centre in PPP mode.
Stating that the facilities in the centre exceed those for a normal PHC, he conveyed gratitude to the health minister for his assurance to upgrade the centre to a community health centre.
The minister also said that he will prevail upon all the people in the surrounding villages to give up using intoxicants and drugs, and contribute the amount they spend in such hazardous indulgence to purchase MRI and CT scan machines for the centre in three months. He also assured to blacktop the road leading to the health centre by January 20. Stressing the need for internet connectivity in the health centre to facilitate treatment under CMHT and PMJAY schemes, he assured to bring mobile 4G network in the area within 10 days.
Director (Minority Affairs) Ng Uttam, health services director Dr K Rajo, NHM state mission director Dr S Manikanta and social worker Th Babita also attended the function as guests of honour.

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