November 16, 2011 2 comments



 Dear Colleagues & Friends,
            The Indian Medical Association, Manipur State Branch’s Medical Conference (XXVII AMAMECON – 2011) will be held on   10th & 11th December 2011 at IMA House, Lamphelpat, Imphal.
            The organising committee warmly invites all the members of IMA and all doctors in the state for their active participation in the conference.
            This year’s IMA theme is “Be in health. Be active in public health.” In tune with this the conference aims to integrate various specialities in the field of medical sciences by the way of interactive deliberations and discussions for the common goal of  “Health for all”
            We will strive to make the conference more meaningful, deeply scientific and interesting with a wide array of Award Sessions, Guest Lectures, Orations, Mediquiz & Colourful cultural programmes etc.
            We look forward for your timely registration as Delegates and take active participation in the conference and make it a grand success.
            With warm regards.
 Dr. Kh. Palin                                                      Dr.S. Gojendra Singh
 Chairman                                                           Organising Secretary
The Details of XVII AMAMECON – 2011 including the programmes schedules and registration needs can be downloaded from here :- http://on.fb.me/t1Lm3k

UNC’s Economic Blockade Leads To Health Care Crisis In Manipur

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

UNC’s Economic Blockade Leads To Health Care Crisis In Manipur, as the two major hospitals in Manipur have suspended normal surgical works for the last three days as stock of oxygen in the hospitals is alarmingly low resulting from the ongoing economic blockade along National Highways 37 and NH-2, sources from the two hospitals said today.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospitals  have limited stock of oxygen and the stock has been kept for emergency use only, the sources said and added that even some medicines prescribed for diabetes, blood pressure, etc. for daily use are not found openly in the markets.

The biggest private hospital in the state, Shija also reportedly faces depleted oxygen stock though the hospital is continuing normal operations to patients. But, how long the stock will last is a question of uncertainty, sources from the hospital said.

The counter economic blockade called by the UNC against creation of Sadar Hills District which started from August 21 has completed 83 days today. Notably, Economic blockade called by SHDDC had called off after signing an MoU with the state government after nearly 100 days of blockade.

Sources:- The Sangai Express

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Dengue officially declared as epidemic outbreak in Churachandpur District of Manipur

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Dengue is due to a flavivirus transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito

Symptoms and Signs of Dengue infection


IMPHAL, Nov 11: Follo-wing outbreak of an unknown disease suspec-ted to be dengue in Churachandpur, the State Vector Borne Disease Control Society under the State Malaria Officer has collected blood samples from seven infected persons and sent the samples to RIMS laboratory  which has been accredited by the Government of India.

It is reported that more samples would be collected from different places of Churachandpur starting from tomorrow for further laboratory test.

Talking to The Sangai Express, State Malaria Officer Dr Ibochouba said that contentment measures like fogging and awareness programmes about Tiger mosquito species Ades, the carrier of Slavirus which causes


dengue have been taken up.

However, there is no specific method of treatment  if the samples being tested in RIMS laboratory turn out positive.

Though there is no specific drug for treatment of dengue, there is no reason to panic, Dr Ibochouba said.

Dengue was first discovered at Moreh in 2007, and there was no case of death due to infection by dengue, he said.

Symptoms like fever and ache in different parts of the body do not always mean dengue.

The symptoms include retrobulbar pain (acute pain within eyes) and growth of greenish spots on body parts, Dr Ibochouba explained.

Out of 12 different cases which were tested by the District Malaria Officer, Churachandpur, only one was found dengue-combo positive.

Dengue-combo is not exactly dengue. At the same time, it cannot be said that dengue-combo is not related with dengue.

When blood samples of 1000 people are found positive for Slavirus which causes dengue, only one or two persons may be infected by dengue.

As there is no specific method for treatment of dengue, the general practice is, injection of IV fluids and providing other supportive treatments in order to strengthen immune system of patients.

Growth of purpuric rash (greenish spots) on body parts could be observed on people infected by dengue seriously.

When the condition worsens, the greenish spots would start bleeding and this is an indication that platelet counts have decreased.

In such situation, the patient with be injected wit fresh platelets.

Incidentally, RIMS has the facility to remove RBC and WBC from blood and concentrate only platelets in blood, informed Dr Ibochouba.

Sources:- The Sangai Express

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MCI schedules common MBBS entrance test for May 13

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

NEW DELHI: The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Friday finalized syllabus for the the all-India common entrance test for admission to MBBS courses and fixed May 13 for holding the exam next year.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) for admission of students to undergraduate courses in 335 medical colleges of the country is scheduled to be held on May 13 next year, the MCI on Friday said even as the nod of the Ministry of Health in this connection is awaited.

The Council also uploaded core syllabus on which NEET-UG will be based and students can upload the same from its website.

Meanwhile, an element of uncertainty continued on the exam with the Ministry of Health’s notification in respect of NEET still awaited.

The MCI on Friday said time was crucial in holding the test. “We are ready and so is the CBSE. We are waiting for the Ministry to notify the same. We hope it would be done soon,” MCI officials said.

Sources:- Times Of India

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IMA joins issue with health ministry on short-term medical course

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

NEW DELHI: A day after TOI reported on the Union health ministry’s plans to roll out the 3.5-year medical degree, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) not to compromise on patients’ safety.

Reacting to the three-week ultimatum given by Union health minister Ghulab Nabi Azad to the MCI on the BRM (Bachelor of Rural Medicine), national president of IMA Dr Vinay Aggarwal on Tuesday said the MCI would not bend before the government and refused to endorse the course. IMA called for more debates ahead of falling in line with the government’s directive. “IMA is willing to cooperate with the government to find a solution on rural health,” the letter said.

It added, “There are better ways to overcome the shortage of modern medicine professionals in rural area. Lowering the standard of medical education and producing low-quality professionals is not the solution.”

Dr Aggarwal said, the MCI is mandated to upkeep certain standards and cannot be bullied. “It is duty bound to consider patient safety and cannot obliviously reverse a process initiated by the Bhore Committee report of 1946 to abolish such mediocre short-term courses.” IMA says it is not convinced about the government’s intentions on BRM.

“The notion that over 30% of primary health centres do not have a MBBS doctor is not supported by statistics. Only 5.3% of PHCs are without a qualified doctor. For whatever small shortfall that exists, compulsory rural health posting of MBBS graduates for one-year after internship would make available 30,000 MBBS graduates every year. The National Human Rights Commission has come out against such a course, and has termed it as discrimination,” IMA said.

TOI on Tuesday had reported that Azad set the MCI a three-week deadline to endorse this new course, failing which the ministry will issue a directive to the MCI to recognize and roll out the course. Azad had said that the course had enjoyed the backing of all the state governments for long, and attributed the tardiness to MCI’s apathetic attitude.

“We have made up our mind to introduce the Bachelor of Rural Medicine degree. Sometimes the MCI gets influenced by its own fraternity. With doctors unwilling to serve in rural areas, even after being given incentives, we are left with no choice but to introduce a new cadre of health workers,” Azad had told TOI.

He had added, “We want an MCI stamp on the degree so that it is universally recognized. The syllabus of the course is ready and it is need based. If MCI endorses it, students will get the confidence that the degree has a standing. If MCI does not agree, we will send them a directive which they have to adhere to.”

Union health secretary P K Pradhan had added, “They will be rural public health officers and will look after primary and preventive healthcare. They will not carry out surgeries.”

Sources:- Times of India

Doctors of Manipur Health Services furious over due salary

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Imphal, October 27: The newly absorbed 282 medical officers and dental surgeons of Manipur Health Services, who were recruited through MPSC, have not been paid their salaries for the last 9 months. Highly agitated over this negligence of the state government, they are all set to approach the High Court.

Speaking to media persons at a press conference held at Manipur Press Club, Dr Noren, President, Medical Officers and Dental Surgeons Association, said that the salary of the 282 newly recruited Medical Officers and Dental Surgeons of Manipur Health Services have not been given for the last 9 months on the ground of non completion of MGEL.

The doctors and surgeons have been posted in different CHCs and PHCs of the state and have been performing their duties hence. But, they have not paid their salaries so far. They have lodged a complaint with the CM in this regard and the CM had given a one time relaxation on MGEL and arranged the salary for 6 months.  However,  the salary was also not given based on the status of an employee, but on a lump sum basis as wages.

He further went on to say that after a writ petition was filed in the Gauhati High Court, the court had directed the state government to complete the formation of MGEL for the doctors by March 31. Concern officials never gave a satisfying answer when they were enquired about the non completion of MGEL. On some occasions, they said that it would be completed in a month’s time and on other occasions the officials said that the documents furnished by the doctors are insufficient for its completion.

There were even instances where the office doors of the Health services remained closed from inside and the concern staffs were busy playing cards inside, keeping aside the work for the completion of MGEL, he further alleged.

He further  informed that the process of MGEL is not completed till today and the salary of the doctors have not been released because the Health services is not under the organized services recognized by the state government. Manipur Finance Services, IAS, IPS, MCS and IPS etc are all under the organized services. Hence, even police constables, as soon as they get recruited, receive their salaries without any problem. So looking at all these, the Health Services need to be placed under organized services recognized by the state government and the MGEL of doctors be completed at the earliest possible time.

Sources: Hueiyen Lanpao

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Medical Officers’ and Dental Surgeons’ Association, Manipur to approach Court

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

IMPHAL, Oct 27 : Peeved with the failure of the State Government to allot MGEL (Manipur Government Employees’ List) number till date, doctors and dental surgeons appointed in Health Services in January this year have decided to approach law Court.

Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club here this afternoon, president of the Medical Officers’ and Dental Surgeons’ Association Manipur Dr Noren said that 282 medical officers and dental surgeons were appointed in January and they were posted to different places by an order issued by the Health Directorate in February this year.

However, MGEL numbers have not been allotted to the medical officials and dental surgeons till date. On account of this, the doctors and dental surgeons have been facing many inconveniences while drawing monthly salaries.

An order passed by the Guwahati High Court on March 30 this year directed the State Government to allot MGEL numbers to all the medical officers and dental surgeons within one month of joining service, Noren said.

Repeated appeals to the relevant authorities on the matter have yielded no positive result till date.

In case the MGEL numbers are not given at the earliest, the association would take help of law Courts, Dr Noren said while urging the Government to bring Health Services in the  organised service sector.

Sources: The Sangai Express

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