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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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RIMS for the first time introduces Biometric Attendance Recording System

September 22, 2011 5 comments

Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has so far produced 845 specialist doctors to its credit and for the first time has introduced Biometric Attendance Recording System in the institute to create work ethics among its employees.

Earlier known as Regional Medical College (RMC), it was established in 1972 and came to be known as Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on April 1, 2007. It has so far produced 2533 doctors of which 845 are specialist doctors in different fields.

Official sources revealed that due to the advancement in the field of health care system, the institute has been able to produce another 22 M Phill in Clinical Psychology. The doctors and specialist doctors produced by this institute are serving in different parts of the state as well as outside the state.

The source further said that RIMS has for the first time introduced Biometric Attendance Recording System to basically create a work ethics among its employees. This will enable the employees to perform their work accurately. It will also help to streamline their works.

Two broad bands of 4mbps and 100 mbps have also been installed in the institute. Sixty four CT scanner, Anesthetic Work station, Urodynamic system, equipments of ERCP and 7 Blood Glass Analyzer has also been installed in the institute.… Read More

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RIMS should lead the way

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

The establishment of RIMS, then RMC on April 14, 1972 was a watershed moment in Manipur’s story of progress and development. For, its coming into being made a significant difference in the health scenario in Manipur. The health sector saw a sea change. Before the establishment of RIMS, the health care sysytem in Manipur was in a rudimentary stage. The state lacked infrastructure, equipments, there were few doctors and nurses. Specialised doctors with PG degrees could be counted on the fingertips. Vellore, Dibrugarh used to be familiar names because, that was where patients form Manipur used to head to for treatment. All these have changed now. And RIMS in its 39 years of existance played a major role in this much improved health scenario in Manipur. The RIMS hospital now has all the major spcialised departments, patients no longer need to go to far off places for treatment of many of the ailments. This has gone a long way in making health care accessible to many people who do not have the means to go out of the state for treatment. RIMS has proved to be a boon for not only the people of the state but also for a large number of patients from neighbouring Nagaland, Mizoram and other states. Another very important contribution of RIMS is the thousands of doctors who have passed out of its portal.  These doctors, mostly from the north eastern region have fanned out to their respective states, teaching in Medical colleges, working in hospitals, practicing privately, all of them engaged in enchancing medical care in the region.

With the upgardation of to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and having come directly under the Union Ministry of Health andFamily Welfare, one can look forward to much improved infrastructure, latest medical equipments, much better trained personnel, many more departments of specialisation and super-specialisation. According to the Director of RIMS, a Dental college is set to commence in the next academic sesssion, the Blood Bank has been upgraded to Blood Transfusion Department, intake capacity in MBBS and PG courses have been increased, advanced technology CT scan machine etc have been acquired, among other things. All this is very good news and will definite contribute significantly to further enhancing the medical care delivery system. Ultimately, it will save more lives.

But there are some issues which need to be look into.  The first on our list is the rampant indulgence in private practice by the doctors/ teaching staff of the institute. It is illegal, which we suppose everyone of them know, and it is unethical. Besides, the trend of private practice has greatly affected the working of the hospital. Exploitation of patients for financial gains is another serious consequence of this trend. Another issue, is the lack of professionalism and shoddy service in the hospital. Despite the best of facilities, highly qualified and specialist doctors, exeprienced nurses and other staff, many patients (though mostly from the economically better off section) prefer to go to private hospitals. A trust deficit in the working of the hospital is slowly creeeping in among the people. Then there is the question of hospital environment which leaves much to be desired in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.

RIMS authority should look into these issues, bring about a change in the mindset of its employees, a change in the working of he hospital so that it provides a more professional and caring service to the patients. RIMS given all that is at its disposal in terms of man, machine and expertise, should lead the way in providing better health care facilities not only to the people of the state but to the rest of the region. And who knows, it might even become the favoured medical tourism destination for our South East Asian brethrens.

Sources:- Hueiyen Lanpao

DEVASTATING UNNATURAL FLOOD IN RIMS RESIDENTIAL AREA

DEVASTATING UNNATURAL FLOOD IN RIMS RESIDENTIAL AREA

PG Hostel 6A housed in a type-VI quarter submerged in water

The recent heavy rainfall and poor drainage system of the Lamphelpat area have led to flooding of the residential complex of RIMS Imphal. This is a recent phenomenon and may be attributed to the rising bed of the Nambul river in consequence of the construction of concrete embankments, the vastly increase catchment area of the drains passing through the RIMS complex and the higher water level of the Nambul river than that of the drains serving the area. This is unnatural since the flood has been caused by interference of the nature with modification by man, poor planning and maintenance of drains and may be too many diversion of drains in Imphal area towards RIMS complex.

We see no respite even after 2 weeks of getting flooded; rather the water level is slowly rising. Many occupants of the quarters and temporarily hostels have been made homeless and had to be accommodated elsewhere as a temporary relief. Apart from the inability of the affected staff to attend to their duties leading to a compromise in the health care of the RIMS Hospital, there are several health issues that might come up. Water-borne diseases, infectious diseases etc. are likely to affect the residents of the affected area. The internal roads and all means of communication

The Flooded Road to Hospital from PG Hostels making students helpless

have been damaged. Repair of the damages of the roads, culverts and residential quarters will take months and years for a complete restoration.

The RIMS authority has requested the IFCD engineers both verbally as well as in writing to kindly get the water pumped out efficiently at the earliest and help prevent occurrence of disease, restore normal life of the occupants of the affected quarters and avert further derangements of provision of health care at RIMS. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi has been apprised of the existing flood situation in RIMS campus and made aware of the facts that we would be needing more funds for repairs of quarters and construction of hostels, mainly for the post-graduate students.

We are hopeful that both the state Government and the Health Ministry at the centre would listen to our woes and help us pull out of the situation and render necessary assistance for rehabilitation and development.

 

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Tuesday RIMS Surgical OPD is making fool of its patients.

Tuesday Surgical OPD : RIMS is making fool of its patients

Sir,
Through your highly esteemed daily, The Sangai Express, I am highly compelled to write that my father approached the RIMS Surgical OPD on 3 May, 2011, Tuesday for a treatment. The doctor advised him for operation. As a preliminary measure, he was advised for ECG and X-ray (CxR-PAV) and to visit the medical doctors (MOPD) with those results, after which, to further report back to the SOPD the next Tuesday. The medical doctor referred my father to the surgery OPD with the test reports as normal. But when my father reported to the surgery OPD on Tuesday, 10 May, 2011, a doctor re-examined him and claimed that his BP was 150/100 high. My father was again referred to the medicine OPD to take another advice. After a thorough investigation, the doctor referred him back to the SOPD with his advice stating that my father was fully fit to undergo operation and his present BP is 120/80 with cardiopulmonary status as normal. However, it is shocked to learn that the surgery OPD was reluctant to accept that advice and could not believe that the patient’s BP drastically came down to such a normal condition. One doctor checked his BP once again and reported that it was 140/90! Still, various improbabilities were made up and my father was denied admission on the day, turning all our hope of getting admitted for operation to dust.

My father had been advised for two investigations and admission for the next Tuesday on 3 May, 2011, after every necessary check up were done to him. The investigation reports were normal but the SOPD examined him again on his report to the extent of asking his son what his father’s present health condition is all about. By finding fault, he was referred to the medicine OPD but strangely the medical advice of the OPD doctors whom it had referred to were not accepted. So, another check up was taken for the third time and the final advice is to come back the following week. When we insisted that the patient is fit enough to undergo operation according to the medical advice and sought admission, we were sent to the Head in Charge of the Department but he was not there. The OPD timing having been over, the Assist Professor whom we had met asked us to meet her at the Casualty Department. The Asst Register who had been meddling with us brought us to a private room and murmured endlessly. At last, we were told to see chance for next week and advised some investigations/tests which result should be brought to him. My query is—is it not such investigations were undertaken after the patient had been admitted and not in advance? If those tests are also necessary, why was the advice not given along with ECG and X-ray on the first day? For what purposes these tests are necessary if the patient is not admitted then? Why the advice of the Medicine OPD not accepted after the patient was referred to there or their advice being sought? How could there be different BP status/results taken by different doctors? If any one of the machines goes wrong, why is that there is not any concern to find out the defect and replace the same?

The fact is that we are expected to bribe them for timely admission and operation. We had been brought from one room to another by a doctor. But it must be crystal clear that we are not such a person who bribe others to earn one’s favour. Though we were aware of such motive, it was far from bending our mind to give bride to obtain admission. And as far as I know, my father is always fit and healthy though his age is 55 or above. And the operation he has to undergo is only a minor one—inguinal hernia.
Yours faithfully,
Thang Hangshing,
Lamka, Churachandpur.

Source:- Letters to Editors

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