CM details medical requirements, Dr Vardhan assures

IMPHAL, 14th Sep: Union Health and Family Welfare minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has assured that the central government would forward all the proposals made by chief minister N Biren Singh and Member of Parliament Dr RK Ranjan Singh regarding enhancement of medical facilities in the state with utmost sincerity and commitment.
He was speaking to reporters on the side-lines of the 48th Foundation Day Celebration and Graduation Ceremony of RIMS at its Jubilee Hall on Saturday. The Union minister said that the central government has a firm determination and dream to take RIMS to greater heights.
In the past five years, he said, the north east region has witnessed phenomenal developmental changes under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Modi has a vision to make the facilities available in the region not lesser than those provided in other parts of the country.
Earlier, speaking at the function as chief guest, Dr Harsh Vardhan opined that quality of a good doctor is determined by his manner shown to patients and the former should never adopt a casual approach but work with great precision and focus while tending to patients because people are looking at them with great hopes.
Being a doctor they should feel blessed and privileged as it is one of the most sought after and respected professions, he said, while adding that they should also reciprocate it to the society by rendering dedicated service with great sincerity.
The Union minister said that RIMS has been ranked 28th position in Medical category of All India Rankings 2019, and this was possible due to the dedicated hard work of the teachers, students, doctors and medical, para-medical and non-medical staff of the institute.
Chief minister N Biren, who presided over the function, sought the Union minister’s intervention in the early commencement of Air Ambulance Service with RIMS as one of the centres and said that being a topographically difficult state, Manipur requires the service at the earliest. He conveyed that DoNER Ministry had already sanctioned Rs 25 crore to start the service.
To meet quality healthcare needs of people of the state, the chief minister urged the Union minister to upgrade RIMS to the status of AIIMS and also sought central government's assistance in setting up another state-run medical college and opening a Neurosurgery Unit and Stroke-Care Centre at JNIMS. Stating that Manipur is a poor State, he requested Dr Harsh Vardhan to extend help in setting up a cancer hospital in the state as well.
Biren said that several milestones had been achieved in the last two and half years of the BJP-led government in the state in the health sector. Till date 74,121 families have been enrolled under Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), out of which 14,568 have benefited from the scheme involving a total amount of Rs 20.74 crore. So far, 5,907 patients have benefitted under the scheme at RIMS involving a total claim of Rs 933.48 lakh. At present, six private hospitals are also implementing CMHT, he informed, adding that efforts are underway to empanel hospitals outside the state for implementing the scheme for the benefit of people from the state.
In all 2,144 claims have been made under PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat at RIMS, involving a total claim of Rs 3.80 crore. Till date enrolment for 1,58,421 families in the state have been approved, out of which 5,777 have benefitted involving a total claim amount of Rs 10.86 crore, the chief minister continued. He also informed that the government had launched 20 Mobile laboratories to enable people living at the interior villages have access to healthcare in their own homes apart from deploying ten advanced life support ambulances. Altogether 244 doctors had been recruited through the Manipur Public Service Commission. Generic medicines are made available in 26 health institutions. Two 50-bedded District Hospitals in Chandel and Tamenglong have been commissioned, he added.
The chief minister further said that establishment of eight new district hospitals had been approved and 53 diagnostic tests are being done free of cost while free dialysis for BPL is also available at JNIMS. A dental college had already been established at JNIMS, he added.
Chief Minister Biren also reiterated about pressing Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to upgrade RIMS hospital to the status of AIIMS when reporters queried him on the sidelines of launching ‘Sewa Saptah’ at BJP Office, Canchipur.
He said that India is currently facing a shortage of doctors, with 1 doctor for 10,000 people in the country and in Manipur’s context, 1 doctor for 2000 people. Thus, to address the shortage of doctors, he proposed to Dr Harsh Vardhan for increasing the number of medical colleges during the Governing Body meeting of RIMS held earlier in the day.
Informing that 75 new medical colleges would be opened in the country, the CM said that there are certain criteria such as district hospitals should have more than 300 beds. In Manipur, two district hospitals fulfil the said criteria and the Union Ministry has assured to extend the necessary help if the state were to send the exceptional discrete criteria with relevant reasons, he added.
Biren further informed that with regard to his proposal for upgrading RIMS and JNIMS to the status of AIIMS as the present scenario could possibly lead to the loss of previous MBBS quota; Dr Harsh Vardhan assured to upgrade RIMS to AIIMS level if any quota were to be lost. The Union Minister further said that discussions would be held over the negatives of any loss of local quota, which could leave the northeast students with no place to study.
Stating that the Union minister is keeping a strict eye on the healthcare sector of the state, Biren conveyed that Dr Harsh Vardhan advised for completing the pending schemes for infrastructure development introduced of 2012 and assured to sanction new ones. Nonetheless, the CM said that he strongly urged the Union Minister to upgrade the hospitals in the state to the status of AIIMS as many patients from Myanmar also come to Manipur to receive better healthcare.
Meanwhile, the RIMS event was also attended by Lok Sabha MP (Inner) Dr RK Ranjan; Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan; RIMS Director Prof A Santa Singh; RIMS Medical Superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar; Dean (Academics) A Rogen; Professor Th Sudhirchandra of Surgery Department and professor (retired) Dr Y Iboton.
On the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan handed out Gold Medal and certificates to MBBS Graduates belonging to 2014 batch. He also released 'Remedy', the annual magazine of RIMS Students' Union while the Chief Minister and other dignitaries distributed Gold Medals and certificates to Post Graduate and MBBS Graduates, who secured top position in different medical subjects.
At the end of the function, Dr Harsh Vardhan accompanied chief minister Biren and interacted with the patients at RIMS Radiology Department during which both distributed sweets to the patients.
They also inaugurated the RIMS residential quarter block.

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