Manipur’s first private medical college inaugurated

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday inaugurated Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS), the first homegrown private medical college in the North East region, at Langol in Imphal West district.

Biren lauded Shija Hospitals for its contributions towards providing quality healthcare not only to the people of the state but also to the whole North East region and neighbouring countries.

He said the private hospital contributed a lot in fighting Covid-19 pandemic. It is heartening to learn that 57,000 patients have received treatment under CMHT and PMJAY at Shija Hospitals so far, he added.

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Stating that the government alone can’t meet all the necessities of the people, the chief minister said there is a need to encourage the PPP model in every sector.

Maintaining that the state government is ever ready to extend all possible co-operations to private companies in all their endeavours, Biren said the state government had given approval to run the 20 KL Liquid Medical Oxygen Plant at Porompat through PPP model. Stating that the government had a hard time in tackling Covid pandemic, he appreciated the efforts of health professionals and all the frontline warriors.

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Works minister Th. Biswajit said the country has witnessed a sharp increase in healthcare facilities during the tenure of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister.

The establishment of a private medical college would prove to be a boon to the state. A huge number of Manipuri students travel to outside the state to pursue medical courses every year, he said and appreciated the Shija Hospitals for establishing a private medical college within a short span of time. Manipur has a huge potential to become a healthcare destination in the North East region, he added.

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A souvenir which presents an account of 36 years of service by Shija Hospitals was also released at the occasion.

Shija Hospitals chairman cum managing director Dr Palin Khundongbam, SAHS director and dean Dr Maisnam Amuba Singh, Shija Hospitals director (Medical Services) Dr Jugindra Sorokhaibam, SAHS medical superintendent Dr Kaushik Debnath, Shija Hospitals board of directors Dr. Bonney Khundongbam and Gaitri Maibam also attended the function.

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