Hon’ble Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla graced the prize distribution ceremony for the dedicated staffs of Japanese Hospital Manipur at the Conference Hall of JNIMS, Porompat today. The event was sponsored by Japanese Second World War Victims Memorial Hospital Trust, Manipur.
Director JNIMS, Dr. Th Bhimo Singh ; Medical Superintendent JNIMS, Prof. L Ranbir Singh; Nursing Superintendent JNIMS, Smt. P.Landhoni Devi; President of Japanese Hospital Manipur, Shri T.M. Rajen Ayangba; National Secretary, All India Dalit Development Association, Yumnam Mahendrakumar Singh & Treasurer of Japanese Hospital Manipur, Shri H. Suraj Sharma shared the dais with the Governor in the function.
Member of the Japanese Hospital, Yumnam(o) Jamuna Devi presented the Governor a bouquet & a hand product comprising of phanek and lily(tharo).
The prize distribution ceremony began with an opening song titled “Ho ima nungshibi, poknapham lamdam paamubi,ima nangi natambaakshe, yengbagi penba naideda” from the artists of Khonjel Artist Union. The song was scripted by Padmashree awardee Dr. W .Gojen Meitei.
Drawing serious concern over the present health scenario in Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla said that not much attention has been given to remove the miseries of the people regarding health related matters in spite of the State being endowed with a beautiful climate & great biodiversity. She further convinced that talks are on with the Civil Aviation Minister at the centre to allocate Rs. 25 crores to get helicopter services in Manipur very soon in order to provide necessary equipment to meet the needs of those who live not only in the city but in far-flung remote parts of the State.
Giving a brief insight of the old relation between Manipur & Japan , she said, “There is already a Peace Memorial Hospital known as Peace Park at Maibam Lokpa Ching(Red Hill) in Bishnupur district constructed by the Japanese War Veterans in memory of Japanese soldiers killed here in the Second World War. The hospital is another step to foster further friendship and cooperation between Manipur & Japan.”
She also appealed the authorities of the hospital to go to the far-flung rural areas where medical facilities are almost nil to provide the much needed health services apart from establishing good rapport with their patients who are poor and needy.
Focussing on health as a quintessential part of life, she also said, “Investment for eradication of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, cholera etc. and also for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and H1N1 especially in the context of Manipur is of great economic value. Right now, the State is also facing the challenge posed by a bout of dengue and Japanese Encephalitis. But we have great hope that we shall overcome such viruses/diseases. Here, the selfless services rendered by the staffs of the Japanese Hospital is of immense value.”