Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Saturday said that she vigorously pursued with the Central Government for implementing the ‘Flying Doctor’ concept.
Stating that she is an ardent advocate for a good healthcare system in the State, especially in the remote rural and hill areas, she added that ‘air dispensary’ is going to be a reality soon and this medical outreach will be in operation in the rural and hill areas of the State.
Governor Dr Heptulla was addressing the inaugural function of 80 bedded women’s hostel No 4 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal.
Dr Heptulla said that she came for the inauguration to encourage the students in their pursuit of excellence.
The RIMS has done the nation a great service by producing many young doctors and specialists contributing substantially to the healthcare system.
Expressing regret over reports of patients complaining against poor service of doctors, malfunctioning of life-saving equipments and non-availability of essential drugs, she said reports of patients being referred to private hospitals and clinics for further treatment is unfortunate.
Taking note of the hardships of medical students especially the women due to non-availability of sufficient hostel facilities, she said the newly inaugurated women’s hostel accommodating around 80 students will be a great relief.
The Governor also expressed dismay over the trend of uploading photographs of injured or people in distress in the social media.
She said that time taken in uploading the photographs of the injured or people in distress can be utilized in giving first aid which may save the precious lives.
Appealing to the media, she said the media must play an active role in discouraging and condemning the trend.
In his speech RIMS Director Prof A Santa Singh said that the RIMS hospital in its 46 years of service to the people of the State needs replacement of the medical equipments with modern and advanced equipments, buildings needed renovation and expansion.
There is a need for increase in the budgetary allocation for RIMS, which produces nearly 150 post graduate doctors every year and having 1100 beds.
RIMS have implemented e-hospital and online registration system in the general OPD and casualty registration counter under the initiative of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
From January 2018, free laboratory tests except for MRI & CT Scan have been implemented.
Swachhta Action Plan (SAP) has also been implemented at RIMS, Imphal, he added.
Prof Ch Arunkumar Singh, Medical Superintendent, RIMS, doctors, faculty members and students of RIMS, Imphal attended the inaugural function.