Imphal, July 28, 2018 (DIPR): Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today inaugurated 80 bedded Ladies Hostel No. 4 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal. Addressing the gathering as chief guest of the inaugural function, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that medical profession is one of the most demanding professions with new challenges all the time. Congratulating the staffs of the institute, the Governor said that the addition of the hostel is a significant event in the history of the Institute.
She said that she came for the inauguration to encourage the students in their pursuit of excellence. The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has done the nation a great service by producing many young Doctors and Specialists contributing substantially to the healthcare system. The Institute is a premier healthcare centre in the NE region and hopefully will become one of the top ranking institutes in the country as well.
The Governor expressed regret over reports of patients complaining against poor service of Doctors, malfunctioning of life-saving equipments and non-availability of essential drugs. She said reports of patients being referred to Private Hospitals and Clinics for further treatment is unfortunate. The facilities and services available at RIMS and other Government Hospitals should be better than the Private Hospitals and Clinics, she added.
The Governor expressed her happiness over the better management of RIMS hospital at present. Stating that she is an ardent advocate for a good healthcare system in the State especially in the remote rural and hill areas, she said that she vigorously pursued with the Central Government for implementing the ‘Flying Doctor’ concept. ‘Air Dispensary’ is going to be a reality soon and this medical outreach will be in operation in the rural and hill areas of the State, she added.
Taking note of the hardships of medical students especially the ladies due to non-availability of sufficient hostel facilities she said the newly inaugurated ladies hostel accommodating around 80 students will be a great relief. She further appealed to the young medical students to take advantage of the health revolution that is taking place in the world and make best use of the opportunities that have been given to them by the Institute.
She also advised the students to work hard as much as they can and dream big to do great things in future. Patients are your priority and you should care for them with love, affection and devotion, she added.
Appreciating the current management and staff of RIMS for taking such initiatives for the welfare of the emerging professionals, the Governor said that the students need to be looked after properly so that they can excel in their chosen field and we all need to work for the success of the students in their future endeavour. She also asked the Director of the Institute to make arrangement to improve the road connectivity inside the campus which is in deplorable condition.
The Governor also expressed dismay over the trend of uploading photographs of injured or people in distress in the social media. She said that time taken in uploading the photographs of the injured or people in distress can be utilised in giving first aid which may save the precious lives. Appealing to the media, she said the media must play an active role in discouraging and condemning the trend.
Prof. A. Santa Singh, Director, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences said that RIMS hospital in its 46 years of service to the people of the State needs replacement of the medical equipments with modern and advanced equipments, buildings needed renovation and expansion. There is a need for increase in the budgetary allocation for RIMS, which produces nearly 150 Post Graduate doctors every year and having 1100 beds. He further added that despite the constraints, RIMS, Imphal is complementing government effort of reducing the maternal and child mortality rate and furthermore control the spread of preventable diseases. The Institute is also implementing many schemes such as JSSK, JSY, RBSK, CMHT, RCC etc., he added.
RIMS have implemented E-Hospital and Online Registration System (ORS) in the General OPD and Casualty Registration Counter under the initiative of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. From January 2018, free laboratory tests except for MRI & CT Scan have been implemented. Swachhta Action Plan (SAP) has also been implemented at RIMS, Imphal, he added.
Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh, Medical Superintendent, RIMS, Doctors, Faculty Members and students of RIMS, Imphal attended the inaugural function.