Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a 30-bedded Psychiatry ward, public shed and child care centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) on Saturday.
Biren expressed happiness with the change witnessed in the Institute’s campus. He said not only in cleanliness around the campus, but an inclination towards maintaining professional ethics is also visible in the institute. He appealed to all to work like a family, to be committed and to encourage ethical behaviour.
The Institute was lagging behind in terms of infrastructure and equipment, not in terms of talents and that the government is trying to provide all the necessities, he added.
Biren highlighted that efforts are on to inaugurate the boys and girls hostel and hand it over to the institute before June 30. He also spoke on the need for an Engineering Cell in the Institute.
Health sector is very important and as such the government is launching all the health related schemes, he said.
By nature people have a habit of going to the doctor only at the last moment, he said adding that considering this fact, the Health for All scheme was launched to provide not just treatment but screening and diagnosis in the primary stage, the chief minister said.
“Now we have around 160 teams working across the State to provide door-to-door screening for 10 Non-Communicable Diseases for early detection and diagnosis and to provide free medication,” he said.
The government is mulling to convert the 200-bedded Covid hospital, Kyamgei to a full maternity and child care centre. This will somewhat lighten the burden on JNIMS and RIMS. Now, district hospitals in the hill districts have around 10-20 ICU beds, he added.
He said the government is trying to fill the requirements for specialist doctors and that completion and inaugural of the under construction Cancer hospital on PPP model is targeted by December this year.
For a state where there is insurgency and drug related issues, a Psychiatry Ward is very crucial, he added.
Health minister Dr Ranjan Sapam said a Psychiatry Ward is a long standing need of the state. The government is implementing the CMHT very aggressively for screening and diagnosis of NCD at the grass-root level in the State. “We are working with a commitment to reach out to every corner of the state.”