Union health min calls for quality healthcare delivery in NE

Union health min calls for quality healthcare delivery in NE
Dr Harsh Vardhan at the 48th foundation day of RIMS Imphal on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 14 | Publish Date: 9/14/2019 10:59:18 AM IST

Union minister of health and family welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan claimed on Saturday that phenomenal developmental changes were being witnessed in the Northeast states including Manipur under the initiative of dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Union minister was addressing the 48th Foundation Day Celebration and Graduation Ceremony of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal held at its Jubilee Hall on Saturday. 

The Union minister said that the Central government was determined  to bring an all-round transformation in developmental front in the region.

While assuring total transformation of Northeast including Manipur in healthcare delivery system, he claimed that transformation in healthcare in the region (NE) had already taken place since the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre.

The goal of providing quality healthcare service to all section of citizens in the region will be achieved within the next five year, he declared.

Vardhan said that India was in crucial stage of all round transformation under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has started achieving the goal.

He said that ‘Ayushman Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)’ scheme is a part of transformation of the country by ensuring outreaching government’s healthcare delivery initiative to all section of the society, particularly to the poor section.

To achieve the goal of the scheme, there is the need for dedicated service of doctors across the country, he asserted.

He said ‘Doctors have to play a great role in the transformation of India by delivering improved health care service to all section of the society.’

Addressing the MBBS students who graduated on Saturday as part of the function, Vardhan opined that quality of a good doctor is to be determined by the manner showed to patients. 

“Doctors should never adopt a casual approach but work with great precision and focus while treating patients because people look up to them with great hope,” he said.

Reminding that RIMS has been ranked in the 28th position in Medical category in All India Rankings 2019, the Union minister said that this was possible due to the dedicated hard work of the teachers, students, doctors and medical, para-medical and non-medical staff of the institute.

Addressing the occasion, state chief minister N Biren Singh sought Dr Harsh Vardhan’s intervention in the early commencement of Air Ambulance Service with RIMS as one of the centres. 

He said that being a topographically difficult region, Manipur as well as other Northeast states required the service. He conveyed to the Union minister that Union DoNER ministry had already sanctioned Rs 25 crore to start the service.

The chief minister highlighted various initiatives of the state government to meet quality healthcare needs of the people of the state and urged the Union minister to upgrade RIMS to the status of AIIMS. 

He also sought Centre’s assistance in setting up another state-run medical college and opening a Neurosurgery unit and stroke-care centre at the state run JNIMS hospital. 

Stating that Manipur is a poor state, the chief minister requested Dr Vardhan to extend help in setting up a Cancer hospital and the upgradation of two or three district level hospitals in the state to be able to cater the need of better healthcare services.

Among others, the event was attended by Lok Sabha MP Dr RK Ranjan, Union health secretary Preeti Sudan, RIMS director Prof A Santa Singh and others.

Earlier, Vardhan handed out gold medal and certificates to MBBS graduates belonging to the class of 2014 batch. 

He also released ‘Remedy’, the annual magazine of RIMS Students’ Union. 

On the other hand, the chief minister and other dignitaries also distributed gold medals and certificates to post graduate and MBBS graduates, who secured top position in different medical subjects.


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