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Proposal for medical college in Dimapur

State commissioner and secretary (H&FW) Menukhol John along with officials and medical students at the 18th general conference of NMSA in Dimapur, Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Sept 25, (NPN):
Published on 26 Sep. 2009 12:24 AM IST
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Nagaland, though the second oldest state in the region after Assam,still does not have a medical college as the erstwhile referral hospital project which was to subsequently become a medical college, had to be abandoned due to unimaginable inflated tender rate and cost escalations that ended the dream envisioned during 1989. The estimated cost of around Rs.35 crore turned into a gigantic Rs.200 crore but the project was still incomplete. The dream was revived by the state government, which still wants to create a medical college by using the facilities of the erstwhile referral hospital currently taken over by a new management and renamed as Christian Institute of Health and Scientific Research(CIHSR). A Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Rs 340 crores was submitted to both the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Development of North East Region (DoNER) Ministry said Commissioner & Secretary (H&FW) Menukhol John while addressing the 18th General Conference of Nagaland Medical Students Association (NMSA) as guest of honour at Pilgrim School, Nagarjan, on Friday. He said if the “ambitious project” was cleared, by either of the ministries, the state government have inspection done by Medical Council of India (MCI) the next year itself and hope to begin classes by 2011. He said the medical college building is being proposed to be set up with the 123-acre campus of the CIHSR (Referral Hospital). Menokhol also expressed appreciation of the medicos and reminded them that they owed the seats to the people and return after graduation to serve the people. He also stressed on community- based healthcare in which the state government plans to put up a proposal to provide substantial incentives and not nominal incentives to those serving in rural or inaccessible areas. Menukhol also revealed that a DPR of Rs 10 crore for housing projects for paramedics and medicos serving in the interior areas have been put up under Special Planned Assistance of the government in addition to the Rs 128 corer for staff quarters. He further informed that a preliminary study to set up a medical library in the state was already under process after consulting an institute from Australia. Replying to the demands of the medical students regarding increase in stipend for books, he admitted that it was last revised in 1994 but a proposal has already been put up to the government to increase the amount. For those wanting to go for further studies through a distant mode, a tie-up has been arranged with Christian Medical College, Vellore by the government, he added. He also opined that lack of infrastructure and absenteeism were the main causes for the state of the ailing health care system in the state. While addressing the issues of problems faced by dentists, he said the ratio of 1:1000 was difficult to achieve but added that 33 percent out of the proposed 19 upgraded posts would be reserved for them. Along with it, he also informed that the government was trying to keep one dental surgeon in every Community Health Centre (CHC). Expressing concern over the rise in HIV/AIDS cases Menokhol disclosed that a study conducted among female sex workers in three pockets of Dimapur revealed shocking results that 82% of the customers preferred not to use condoms. He also said the findings of the age group of the sex workers was “embarrassing”. Earlier, delivering the presidential address, Imlong Chang , highlighted the case in which the PG seat at RIMS (Imphal) was to be reduced for both open and sponsored (ie government quota ) by 50 percent from the current existing quota. He requested the state government to appeal to the central government to look for an alternative since RIMS was the only institute for government sponsored PG seats for the state. He also pointed out that 90% of the specialist doctors in state government service were from RIMS. He also reminded that the association has been appealing for increase in book grant since 1983-84 with no response from the government. The book grant of Rs.500 per month remained the same since 1990. Later Menukhol Jhon also released the biennial magazine of the association while the vote of thanks was given by NMSA general secretary Abangdi Jamir. The three-day conference is being attended by more than 60 Naga medical students from all over the country with majority of the delegates from RIMS, Imphal and NEIGRIHMS, Shillong. The inaugural function was also attended by MS District Hospital Dr Sukhato, Dy CMO Dimapur, Dr Belho, Dr Temsu, Principal Pilgrim School B Kikon and headmistress Kaini Kikon and founder of the school M Kikon.

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