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NERIPS to be set up in Dmu, state govt. signs tripartite MoU with NEC & CIHSR

Union minister for mines & DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique and state chief minister Nephiu Rio at CIHSR campus on Wednesday. State minister for health & family welfare Kuzholuzo Neinu is also seen. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Sep. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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The North East Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NERIPS) will be set up within the premises of the Christian Institute of Health Science and Research (CIHSR) in Dimapur following the signing of a tripartite MoU between the Nagaland government, the North Eastern Council (NEC) and the CIHSR at the Police complex conference hall Chumukedima Wednesday.
The proposed NERIPS will become Nagaland’s first regional institute offering multi-disciplinary courses in paramedical science.
The MoU which was signed in presence of union minister of mines & DoNER Bijoy Krishna Handique, where Nagaland chief minister Nephiu Rio with commissioner & secretary (H&FW) Menukhol John signing on behalf of the state government, Dr B V Philip on behalf of the CIHSR and J.N.Sharma Advisor Health (NEC) on behalf of the NEC.
Speaking at the function, union minister B K Handique expressed the hope that the multi disciplinary NERIPS will fulfill the aspirations of the people. He maintained that the north east region alone requires more than 3.4 lakhs paramedics as per WHO norms and called for greater a focussed approach to develop human resource in this sector.
He also stated that the national government programmes were facing an acute shortage of trained paramedical staff at different levels.
Stressing on the importance of good health for people, Handique pointed out that paramedical science was an inseparable part of the health care system that ran parallel to medical science in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. He called for coordination among all levels of government in order to effectively tackle the challenges faced in the region.
As paramedical education system was neither organized nor standardized, Handique said the union ministry of Health and Family Welfare was in the process of creating a Paramedical Council to overcome the shortcomings for which a bill was already being prepared for consideration by parliament.
He also disclosed that the union cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) at Najafgarh, New Delhi, alongwith eight Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences (RIPS). The minister also added that an additional 10, 620 seats will be created annually through the paramedical institutes at a total project cost of `1150 crore.
He asserted that the objective was not to be only to be self sufficient in paramedics in the region but that such institutes will provide an advantage to fill the gap in the country and abroad also.
In response to the plea of Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio earlier in his speech, the DoNER minister assured all help towards setting up of a medical college but at the same time, confessed that fund constraints might only result in implementation of the project in a phased-manner.
Neiphiu Rio acknowledged the initiative taken up by the DoNER ministry in setting up the institute in the state which will also be the first taken up under (public-private-partnership) PPP mode.
While saying that no national or regional institute has been set up in the state since its inception, Rio underscored the importance of establishing national institutions and projects in order to bring more development.
Welcoming the setting up of NERIPS in Dimapur, Rio averred that the eventual setting up of a medical college will also be a dream fulfilled for the state. He disclosed that the state government has already taken the initiative to start a nursing college attached to CIHSR. “The present regional paramedical institute will complement this initiative and these two together will be vital steps or foundations for achieving our dream of the medical college” he said.
Rio said setting up of such institutes would not only improve the health care system but that the development of healthcare infrastructure and systems can play a big role in the future economy of the region.
Opining the Centre’s ‘Look East’ policy was not yet properly defined and considering the status of industries in the region for the next decade, Rio asserted that the service sector such as tourism, education and health care can provide avenues for business with Asian counties. He also maintained that there was scope for development ‘medical tourism’ and that the setting up of NERIPS will be an important step in this direction.
The chief minister also expressed confidence that world class advanced technology available with CMC Vellore along with the human resource will make the NERIPS project successful.
Earlier, state minister of H&FW Kuzholuzo Neinu also gave a short speech.
The function was also attended by some few cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, bureaucrats and other department officials.
Before signing the MoU at Police Complex conference hall, the DoNER Minister also visited CIHSR and viewed the site for the setting up of the proposed NERIPS.

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