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Second med college in Mnp
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 16:
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Manipur governor, Gurbachan Jagat Monday inaugurated the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) fulfilling the long-cherished dream of the Manipur government to have its own medical college, the second medical institute besides the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Jagat who was the chief guest, acknowledged the “tremendous personal efforts” made by chief minister, O Ibobi Singh and his council of ministers. He expressed hope that the JNIMS would be function as a hospital with advanced systems of diagnosis and treatment. Chief minister O Ibobi Singh who presided over the function said that JNIMS, Imphal would have far reaching impact on health care sector of not only Manipur but also the entire north-east region.
However, both Jagat and Ibobi were unhappy with the health care delivery system especially towards the health of women, children and rural poor. Jagat said, “We have not been able to provide quality health care for all our citizens, especially the rural poor. We have some system in place but we do not have willing doctors to go and serve in these difficult areas.” He urged the government to provide incentive schemes to doctors willing to serve in rural areas and also appealed to the young doctors to volunteer and work in these areas out of compassion and love for the less fortunate ones.
O Ibobi Singh blamed the doctors for not being sincere in their duties. He said “Not all but majority of the doctors in government hospital used to refer patients admitted to government hospitals to private hospitals they were working in even though enough infrastructures and facilities were available in the government hospitals”.
A vision document JNIMS-Vision 2014 which was also released stated that the MCI has set stringent standard for different stages of development for the college. The objective of setting up the college was to provide quality education to students and health care and to achieve all targets in terms of faculty and infrastructure of the college and hospital required by the MCI by January, 2014. Other goal of the JNIMS-Vision 2014 was the final renewal inspection for grant of recognition of the institute for MBBS degree by MCI.
The medical college was funded by the government of Manipur and expenditures met mainly out of the Special Plan Assistance of the Central government. An official statement said the government was fully committed to provide the required fund for the new medical college.

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