Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram

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Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram

Various benefits for Pregnant Women and Newborn under JSSK

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Health Indicators of Manipur

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Full Marks to Director RIMS, Imphal

January 26, 2012 2 comments

Sir,

It was very painful to learn about the incident in RIMS on the night of 19th December when students misbehaved, conducted themselves like a bunch of hooligans and turned an unruly crowd against the Director. The obnoxious behaviour on that fateful night and subsequent cease work followed by a smear campaign by these guilty students was totally unexpected, shameful to say the least and certainly deserves widespread condemnation. Student community must refrain from indulging in such unwarranted reaction and slandering, and admit their mistakes with humility and grace. They definitely deserve to be told where their place is and taught a lesson or two on how students are expected to conduct themselves, should they go astray.

I fully support and endorse with the bold and justified actions taken by the Director and kudos to him for this somewhat unprecedented drive. He has proved beyond doubts that he means business and will not tolerate nonsense of any sorts while he is at the helm of affairs. We certainly require more gutsy persons like him to head our rotting educational institutes so as to prevent further slump. In fact, I would have appreciated all the more had the Director gone a step further to rusticate and send those rowdy students home so that they can regret their impulsive outbursts at leisure.

At a time when the people of Manipur are facing the most severe power shortages and load shedding experienced in recent memories, the electrically pampered students of RIMS (who get 24 hrs uninterrupted power supply) have the audacity to claim right to use all sorts of power guzzling fancy/modern electric gadgets against existing institute orders. I am sure all that those students are more than aware of potential fire hazard inherent in use of high voltage gadgets en masse, especially in hostels and other heavily populated buildings (recent AMRI hospital fire in Kolkata still being fresh and vivid in our minds).

An average resident of Manipur (the lesser mortals like me who has neither a “VIP Connection” nor has a “Double Phase Connection”) hardly gets three/four hours of electric supply in a day. As a result, our children study with solar/emergency lamps (as electricity supply is inadequate to even charge inverter batteries and neighbours objects to generator noise as a matter of right in Manipur). On the other hand, students of RIMS, who would face the same pathetic situation at their homes, want to have the luxury of consuming unlimited (free of cost) amount of electricity even at the extent of not adhering to orders institute administration. They should consider themselves lucky with 24X7 uninterrupted power supply they are getting, concentrate on their primary business of being medical students rather than indulging into acts which are generally committed by the illiterate and irresponsible sections of the society.

The Director accompanied by the warden (who is a woman) and male security personnel has full rights and authority to enter the girls’ hostel, especially when the intentions are not mala fide. Are the girl students trying to say that no male fire tender should enter and douse fire in girls’ hostel and wait for arrival of female fire tenders in the unfortunate eventuality of fire breaking out. The PG students who marched towards the Director’s Official Residence should consider themselves lucky that the security guards did not open fire and merely resorted to pointing the gun at them as alleged.

Thus, it is in their own interests that the student community shed “mob mentality”, concentrate on their studies and endeavour to become good doctors and serve their kith and kin in their respective communities/states in right earnest rather than demean the noble profession. RIMS authorities also may consider taking stern disciplinary actions against erring students so as to deter them from venturing into misadventures in future. After all, the society looks up to medical fraternity as healers and even as demigods at time at certain places. Let us not let this healthy mutual trust and respect be dissipated because of irresponsible behaviour on the part of few offenders. I hope the student community, particularly students of NIT Manipur are listening and getting the message loud and clear too.

Yours faithfully,
Lt Col (retd) Naorem Kumar
Administrator, NIT Manipur

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Slur on RIMS Dir, shutdown

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

IMPHAL, Jan 20 : PG students of RIMS, including interns and staff and numbering around 500 have abstained from casualty service and emergency with effect from 10 pm today, following an altercation with the Director of the institute.

Speaking to The Sangai Express, a group of students from RIMS said that security staff of RIMS accompanied by the Director descended on the girls’ hostel today evening at about 7 and confiscated all the electrical appliances without any prior information.

This was in violation of the rules of RIMS which say that no males are allowed inside the girls’ hostel, said the PG students and added that all the security personnel were males.

However RIMS Director said that it was a drive against use of electrical appliances, especially heaters and added that the warden was present, who is a woman. The PG students revolted, he added.

As news of the incident spread, a group of PG students including the PG Association went to meet the Director at his official quarters but they were stopped by the security personnel manning the residence of the Director and manhandled. The security personnel also verbally abused the PG students, claimed the students and added that they also pointed their guns at the students who merely wanted to talk things over with the Director over the incident.

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Result Of Recruitment To The Post of 280 MHS Grade IV (Medical Officer) : MPSC

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Can Manipur become medical value travel destination of South East Asia?

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Can Manipur become medical value travel destination of South East Asia?.

‘Future belongs to those who believe in the beauties of their dreams’.

I am a passionate believer of human potential and so also of Manipur. We have abundance of opportunities because of our location, hospitality nature of our region, comfortable weather, land, lake, hills, short surface connectivity with Myanmar, Trans Asia Highway, possible International Airport at Imphal, India’s “Look East” policy etc. We can very well visualize Manipur becoming the healthcare hub of South East Asia. We can solve most of our problems by addressing the advantages rather than the disadvantages.

‘If you really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem’.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in India. Manipur is not an exception. A recent CII-McKinsey study on healthcare says medical tourism alone can contribute Rs 5,000- Rs 10,000 crore (Rs 50-100 billion) additional revenue for upmarket tertiary hospitals by 2012, and will account for 3-5 per cent of the total healthcare delivery market and  only 10% of the opportunity has been tapped in India.

India’s medical tourism is through Non-Residential Indians, Patients from countries with underdeveloped facilities and Patients from developed countries because of long waiting list. India has adopted NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) program to improve the quality to international standard for attracting more foreigner medical tourists.

Healthcare is a major service Manipur can sell to neighboring states and countries. Myanmar is our advantage. First we need to have good hospitals. Till now there is no NABH hospital in NE India. Myanmar patients are going to Bangkok and Singapore for their advanced medical treatment which is costlier than India. Health Visa is not issued to Myanmar nationals to visit Manipur as it is issued to Bangladeshi at the border to visit India for medical reasons. Bus service between Mandalay and Imphal is yet to be materialized for different reasons. India’s Look East Policy is delayed in implementation. The situation is now difficult but not impossible to go ahead because of Chinese speed and dominance in Myanmar. After all nobody wants to go to a war zone for treatment. Good relationship with Myanmar cannot be established so long as they are arrested for illegal entry to Manipur in spite of PAP removal. We need a leader who will take 100 percent responsibility for successful implementation of the policy.

New trend of diseases and our focus areas.
Infectious diseases, caused by invading microorganisms, were the leading causes of death a century ago. Chronic diseases, caused by a variety of lifestyle and other factors, are the leading causes of death today. Leading causes of death overall are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases (emphysema, chronic bronchitis), diabetes, accident and emergency.

And the main objectives of Tourism are in the specialities of Cardiac  Care, plastic and Cosmetic surgery, organ transplantation, reproductive IVF and ICSI procedures, Joint replacement. The medical care can be combined with related tourism activities such  as spiritual and  eco-tourism. Flow of Myanmar medical tourists depends upon our pricing, branding, hospital accreditation, quality control, categorization of hospitals etc.

Healthcare is investment intensive for technological advancement and nothing is free. In May 2008, McKinsey and Company reported that primary considerations in medical tourism are:
* 40% seek advanced technology,
*  32% seek better healthcare,
* 15% seek faster medical services
* while only 9% of travellers seek lower costs.

We need to update the facilities to attract medical tourists. Organ transplantation act needs to be passed in our state. Government alone cannot handle healthcare of 1.2 billion populations in India. Private sector participation is the need of the hour. Public Private Partnership is now the new ‘Mantra’ to provide affordable quality healthcare to the masses. Categorisation of healthcare institutes and quality control may be undertaken.

We need to rethink our healthcare planning and develop Infrastructure and HR, Quality and Accreditation, Law and Order, Accessibility, Affordability according to our opportunity.

In 2006 more than 2 million medical tourists availed services in South-east Asia from all corners of the world. Revenues close to US$ 450 million generated. But India had only 2% share. In 2007 India had 0.2 million medical tourists only. Singapore and Bangkok are healthcare destination in South East Asia. A single hospital in Bangkok, Brumugrade, first to get JCI (Joint Commission International ) accreditation in Asia is treating  0.45 million foreigners per year.

‘India is home for 16% of total world population and 21% of total global diseases.  In India the Health Care spending is 3.4% and Military 18.6% of its total spending. Developed National spends 12-17% in Health.  India needs a holistic massive USD 80 Billion investment to bring up the quality of healthcare matching to developed nations. Every new bed creates employment for 5 personnel directly and about 25 personnel indirectly. There is a huge requirement for health care workforce estimated to be 70 to 80 million jobs in the next 10 yrs, adding 2 to 3 % p.a. to GDP.’

India currently has 0.6 beds per 1,000 and the global average – 4.7 beds per 1000. India needs 1.7 million beds to meet 2 beds per 1000 only. There is a shortfall of 1.4 million doctors and 2.8 Nurses million. North Eastern India needs 52000 nurses immediately. MCI (Medical Council of India) has recommended the centre to establish 500 medical colleges in 5 years to meet the gap. Till now Eastern India has the lowest number of medical colleges compare to rest of the country. Manipur needs more beds and medical colleges to increase state exchequer.  More than 300 students who are going privately outside the state per year for medical studies.

In Manipur, a task force constituted by Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and Tourism may assess the opportunities for promoting our state as one of the health destination and formulate policy to promote and control the quality of healthcare of the state. Only quality service will attract more medical value tourists and generate nearly 2 lacs of employment in turbulent Manipur.

Can Manipur become healthcare destination of South East Asia? The choice is ours. Grow or die.

The writer is CMD and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Shija Hospitals, Langol.

Vice President, Manipur Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

President, Indian Medical Association, Manipu State Branch. And he can be reached at drpalin@shijahospitals.com

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Healthcare for the needy: Opinion

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The announcement by the Health and Family Welfare Minister L  Jayantakumar while inaugurating the Primary Health Centre at Kakwa to initiate the process for the recruitment of 270 doctors is yet another much needed move towards making health accessible to the general public. With liberal funding from the centre, the state did see some development in terms of strengthening health delivery system, a number of Primary Health Centres (PHC) and Community Health Centres (CHC) in various parts of the state came up during this period. But there have been numerous complaints from the people of the localities where they have been set up about the non- functioning of the same. While the building stands, these centres are sometimes without the most basic component of any health delivery system – doctors and nurses. The most oft repeated answer from the government in answer to non posting of doctors to these remote and rural areas is the inadequacy of doctors at its disposal. Hopefully this latest recruitment of doctors will be able to address the problem to a great extent. And if this proves insufficient the state government should go in for recruitment of more doctors, there should not be any compromise on ensuring access to health care to the most needy. But even after the government has the adequate number of doctors at its disposal to man the various health centres and district hospitals, the problem of absentee doctors and nurses would still persist. This, our past experience tell us. Most of the doctors who get posted to rural and remote areas try their level best not to go there and use every means at their disposal to avoid going to these places. And in most cases, an open secret here, this works to the advantage of those at the helm of affairs who can affect these transfers. There have been numerous cases of transfers being revoked, transferred doctors getting deputed to some other duties, some going on study leave etc. On the ground people are still deprived of the services of the doctors even after their posting at their concerned health centres. To ensure doctors are present where they are needed, the government or those in charge of the Health department should work out effective policies so that doctors posted in rural and remote areas do not view these posting as discriminatory or punishment. For starters, those who passes out from the state medical college, JNIMS can be made to serve for a certain number of years as part of their internship. Along with this, it should be made mandatory for all the doctors in the service of government of Manipur to serve in rural and remote areas for certain number of years for certain number of times, the exact modalities can be worked out by an expert committee. Whatever means the government adopts, the important thing is to ensure health care services is available to the people. But here again, it is clear that no policy will bring any relieve or pan out advantageously for the public, if those who are responsible for implementing the same are not sincere. Side by side, the practitioners of the medical profession usually termed a noble profession for its ability to give life and hope to the sick and infirm, should reignite the willingness to come to the aid of the most needy and not be perpetually distracted by considerations of career and financial returns.

Sources:- Hueiyen Lanpao