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Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 19 Feb. 2009 1:21 AM IST
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Blood bank Dimapur yet to receive blood component separation machine Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Maongwati Aier said in a city like Dimapur, hospitals should have enough of medicine to meet the needs of all sections of the people be it rickshaw puller or prostitutes. He was commenting on the medical store that was running out of medicines in civil hospital Dimapur. He said medical store should be checked; life saving drugs and equipments should be made accessible to the patients. The DC who is also the chairman of District Hospital Management Society was on inspection to Dimapur civil hospital to check the new modern medical equipments that was purchased out of Rogoi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) or The Patient Welfare Committee- an innovative project for the management of civil hospitals. Dimapur civil hospital Wednesday installed ENT, gynecology, dental chair; general surgical and orthopedic equipments worth 5.3 lakh under RKS scheme. With the new modern medical equipments installed at civil hospital Dimapur, it would now be able to meet the needs of patients’ especially poor people who cannot afford further medical treatment, DC said DC also pointed out that untied funds of rupees 50,000 that were granted to six Public Health Centres and two Community Health Centers in Dimapur could be utilised for buying medicines. To spread awareness and to inform the public about the facilities DC said one way of informing people especially the poor people about the modern facilities available in the hospital would be by making announcement in Churches, public gathering, meeting, and in Panchayat hall. Dr. Prashant Agarwal from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences inspected the hospital for giving guidance and clearance for which MoU has already been signed between the state government and government of India to install blood component separation machine which is in the process yet to be set up at district hospital. Earlier, Rev. Mar. Pongen prayed over dedication of equipments. Dr. Lima joint director NACO, Dr. Ritu deputy CMO, medical superintendent and secretary of District Hospital Management Society Dr. Sukhato and 27 other doctors of district hospital were present at the installation of medical equipments. Under RKS scheme, every district hospital is provided with an annual corpus grant of rupees 5 lakhs for ensuring regular maintenance, repairs and necessary construction, expansion of the physical facilities in hospitals. Doctors of Dimapur hospital however contributed extra amount for purchasing the equipments. Dr. Sukhato expressing satisfaction over the successful utilization of RKS fund said doctors would not suggest patients to go outside the state for further treatment as all the materials needed for treatment was available. The scheme would be implemented till 2010.

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