Union Minister Harsh Vardhan assures to extend support in development of Manipur health sector

The Union health minister said that Manipur will get a new Medical College at Churachandpur.

The Central government will extend support in promoting proper healthcare system in the state and upgrading of RIMS to the level of AIIMS, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced on Sunday.

The Union minister was speaking at the inauguration of four facilities at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Manipur, organised at the Jubilee Hall of RIMS. The inaugurated facilities were MRI Block with 3-TESLA MRI Machine, Ladies Hostel for PG, new Neuro ICU Block and new block for College of Nursing.

During the inaugural function, Harsh Vardhan said the present government wishes to bring all round development in Northeast India, he said. As such, various union ministers are consistently visiting Northeast, drafting plans and ensuring for successful implementation of the programmes and schemes. PM, himself monitoring every sector including health, education, communication etc., he said.

Concerning the present status of COVID-19, he said that the condition of the pandemic is still highly serious in many developed countries. However, its severity has been reduced in India and it is due to sincere effort given by COVID-19 warriors, he said. Nevertheless, the pandemic is becoming worse in some states of India due to people’s recklessness.

As the pandemic is still prevalent, the people should maintain COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and SoPs sincerely, he advised.

He said that the Centre had already decided to create 75 new medical colleges in remote districts of the country where the people continue to suffer for years and are deprived of basic healthcare, education and all other facilities. As part of this initiative of Narendra Modi, Manipur will get a new Medical College at Churachandpur.

The Union minister assured all possible assistance from his ministry to develop the RIMS as one of the best healthcare centres not only in the Northeast region but also in the country. RIMS is one of the premier institutes in Northeast India. The capability to open various new departments including sports medicine, which is hardly found in India, is a sign of constant development in the institute, he said.

On top of this, among the 500 plus medical institutes of India, RIMS is usually listed among top 30 best institutes, he said and appreciated the staff of the institute.  “Without collective efforts, such achievement would not be possible,” he added.

He recalled that the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was always concerned about the development of Northeast India. The former PM aimed to upgrade five medical institutions of India at the level of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), he further said while adding RIMS was among the five. He lauded the RIMS authority for enabling completion of the facilities, despite the hardships being faced by the authority due to COVID-19 induced lockdown.

On the health trend, Ayushman Bharat, is one of the most ambitious programmes of this government and there is no comparison of this scheme in all over the world, he said. Around 45-60 crore of poor people of this country have access to any of the 24,000 hospitals of the country under the Ayushman Scheme. Already 1,70,00,000 hospital admissions were recorded and benefitted from this scheme, he added.

He also appealed to health professionals to extend their efforts in elimination of Tuberculosis from India by 2025, a target set by the central government.

Director, RIMS, professor A Santa Singh; MP, Leishemba Sanajaoba and other staff of RIMS were also present.  

First Published:Feb. 28, 2021, 8:20 p.m.

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