Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured full support of the state government for functioning and development of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), the first medical college of Arunachal Pradesh, which is scheduled to start its maiden academic session from Wednesday.
Chairing the 3rd meeting of the Governing Council of the TRIHMS Society here on Tuesday, Khandu said providing quality, affordable and timely health care facilities to the people is of top most priority for the state government and the upcoming medical college and hospital is a significant initiative towards fulfilling this commitment. He assured all-out support from the state government but requested the members to adhere to all procedural guidelines and keep no loopholes for hurdles to surface in the future.
Reviewing the requirements of TRIHMS, both infrastructural and financial, Khandu said there would be no shortfalls for genuine demands provided funds granted are utilized judiciously and all processes are strictly according to laid down norms.
Khandu, in consultation with all the members sought clear cut norms and guidelines for revision of salary, perks and appointment orders of faculties, besides giving a go-ahead to increasing the intake of MBBS students from 50 to 100 and increasing the number of beds in the teaching hospital from 300 to 500.
The Governing Council was of the view that TRIHMS should have its own full-fledged Trauma Center and Cancer Center in view of accident proneness and high percentage of cancer patients in the state respectively. TRIHMS authorities were advised to work on the proposal for consideration of the Union Health Ministry as well as the state government.
TRIHMS director Dr Moji Jini, meanwhile informed that an induction ceremony for the first batch of MBBS students would be held on August 1 at the institute in presence of the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Health Minister as well as members of the Medical Council of India (MCI) including its President Dr Jayshree Mehta.
The Governing Council meeting was attended by Health Minister Alo Libang, Vice Chairman of the Society and Members Chief Secretary (Co-opted) Dr P J Gogoi, Sr Regional Director, Union Ministry of Health (Co-opted), Dr R N Salhan, former Addl Director General of Health Services, Govt of India, Commissioner Health, Commissioner Finance, Commissioner Education, Special Secretary Health and Dean of TRIHMS Prof P Jayakumar.