STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 30th Dec:
Along with declaring that all the laboratory tests for in-patients at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will be provided free of cost, RIMS director Prof A Shanta has informed that the union ministry of health and family welfare has given its approval for acquiring medical equipment worth over Rs 1 crore for the premier medical institute.
Talking to media persons at his office chamber on Saturday, Prof Shanta informed that after a gap of two years, the meeting of standing finance committee of RIMS was conducted on December 12 at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
During the meeting which was chaired by ministry of health and family welfare's special secretary Vijaya Srivastava, who is also the financial advisor, a total of 31 agendas were placed by RIMS representatives for discussion. After a serious deliberation, all the agendas were approved by the ministry, he said.
Prof Shanta further informed that considering the poor economic status of the people of Manipur, the earlier rate of diagnosis and investigations in RIMS had been reduced to 50-60 per cent for all patients coming for treatment. However, there will be no charges for all diagnosis and investigations for in-patients considering the hardships being faced by the patients and their family members. “Earlier, RIMS had declared that 57 number of diagnostics and investigations would be provided free of cost to the patients. Now, all the 500 diagnostics and investigations available in RIMS will be provided without any fee to the in-patients.”
He also informed that the earlier fee of Rs 1100 for CT Scan has been reduced to Rs 200 only, the cost of MRI which was earlier Rs 3500 will be reduced to Rs 2500, lithotripsy charges which was earlier Rs 5000 will be slashed to Rs 2500. These are for patients staying in the general ward and for those staying in private wards will be the same as before. In addition, dialysis will be provided free of cost to the patients. Processes are also underway to initiate different schemes launched by the central and state governments in RIMS, he added.
The RIMS director also conveyed that the Standing Finance Committee meeting approved on acquiring various medical equipment for RIMS which costs over Rs 1 crore. During the meeting, green signal to the proposal of establishing a super specialty hospital in RIMS was also given and the officials of RIMS were asked to submit the proposal in the next meeting which will be held next year.
Furthermore, the RIMS director recalled that in addition to approving acquisition of CT Scan, Ultra Sound machine, digital subtraction angiography, digital mammography, operation theatre lights, endoscopy set, holmium laser and electro fixing machines, the meeting also approved installation of a new MRI machine which will take only 15 minutes to conduct the test as compared to 45 minutes required by the old machine.
The ministry has also approved providing salary to staff of RIMS under the 7th central pay commission. As such, the staff of RIMS will be first to receive pay under the revised scale. Moreover, the contract staff and other security staff who are engaged through outsourcing will be provided salaries under the minimum wages system.
The press conference was also attended by RIMS medical superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar and other staff.