Imphal: Union minister, health Mansukh Mandaviya has assured to take necessary steps to upgrade Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) similar to the status of AIIMS hospital in response to state president Shiv Sena M. Tombi.
Tombi informed this development to reporters during a press conference held here on Monday.
He had a meeting with the Union health minister at New Delhi and submitted the memorandum demanding for upgradation of RIMS hospital.
Tombi, who is also convenor of Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA), said both ar RIMS and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science (JNIMS), Porompat people are enjoying various facilities and health benefits at a fee of Rs 10 only. At the hospital medicines are provided free of cost. The hospitals give priority to provide free medicine to the patients as much as possible, he added.
Manipur being an international border Imphal-Moreh highway (NH-2) can pass through about 21 countries. If RIMS hospital is upgraded into similar status of AIIMS then there is possibility to attract foreign patients to RIMS. Attracting foreign patients would boost the state’s economy, he said.
Changing of head of administration frequently for every department may create issues. They cannot discharge their duty properly if there is frequent transfer and posting, he added.
He said during the meeting with union health minister, he was proposed to make awareness to the director of health, director of JNIMS and RIMS in order to motivate organ donners as in the state organ donors are less considered.
If RIMS is upgraded to similar status of AIIMS, spending huge money for treatment at big hospitals outside the state can be reduced, he added.
The Shiv Sena state leader said at least 40 candidates will be contesting in the coming Manipur state legislative Assembly election for Manipur Democratic Alliance.
The democratic alliance is a conglomeration of nine political parties.