CM Biren bats for full-fledged membership in ASI

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, Augus 31: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has urged the Associations of Surgeons of India (ASI) to examine ways so that surgeons from Manipur are also adequately represented in the association at the national level.

He made the appeal while addressing the inaugural session of the executive council meet of the association at the Imperial Hall of Classic Grande on Friday.

Stating that he had learned that ASI Manipur State Chapter is not a full-fledged member of the executive council of ASI but a co-opted member because of lack of number of members, Biren Singh appealed to the association to examine ways so that smaller states like Manipur can also become a full-fledged member.

Of the different specialities in the world of medicine, surgeons are the most gifted and most daring, he said. To be able to open living human bodies and cure them of difficult diseases is no less than a divine gift, he opined while adding that ASI with nearly 20,000 members, therefore, is an organisation with great responsibilities.

Biren said that he was extremely happy to learn that ASI Manipur State Chapter is doing excellent work. Along with the Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India, free surgery camp was conducted in Tamenglong, the remotest district of the state recently, the chief minister said. He further added that 53 operations including key-hole surgeries were done in two days for the first time in the district.

Biren observed that this very meeting in Imphal, away from big cities of the country, has shown that ASI’s focus is to bring the services of standard healthcare to every nook and corner of the country.

Informing about the salubrious climate and scenic beauty of the state, the Biren asked the participants of the meeting coming from different parts of the country to spare some time and take the opportunity to visit tourist places and Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh.

Indo-Myanmar border had been opened recently and Visa can be stamped at the border, he said while adding that one can enter into Myanmar up to 16 km and stay there for up to two weeks.

Inviting all the participants to visit the State during Manipur Sangai Festival in November as well, Biren said that Princess of Thailand is likely to attend this year’s festival.

Chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and ASI president Dr. Dilip Gode attended the inaugural session as the guest of honour and functional president respectively.

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