RIMS targets ‘more accessible, affordable’ healthcare service as it celebrates Foundation Day

The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences celebrated its 49th Foundation Day on Monday.

The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal is undergoing a major makeover with the focus to scale higher targets in the healthcare sector which is evolving rapidly, particularly in the wake of health crisis situation facing the state owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute has become more focused towards education and patients care services over the years, the hospital authority said as it celebrated its 49th Foundation Day on Monday with director of RIMS, Professor A Santa Singh as the chief guest of the function.

“The bigger picture is to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to our populace,” Professor A Santa Singh said.

As a part of the renovation and innovation of RIMS makeover, the surgical ICU has been renovated and improved and an A Level 1 Trauma Care Centre (with ICU and HDU facility, centralized pipelines for medical gas, suction, gas manifold, two operation theatres) have become functional, RIMS stated in a release. It stated that a 10-bedded new dialysis centre with a haemodialysis machine is ready for functioning. More rooms in the paying ward have been upgraded.

The RIMS release also stated that equipment such as five laparoscopicsets, 59 ICU  ventilators, 10 haemodialysis machines, seven ultra sonography machines, six X-ray machines, nine high end anaesthesia workstation, 10 defibrillators, surgical operating microscope (for ENT department), brain retractor system, ultrasonic surgical aspiration, echocardiography machine, haltermachine, blood gas analyzer, multiparameter monitors, plasma sterilizer, RT PCR with extraction unit, RT micro PCR workstation, -80oC/-20oC deep freezers, elisa readers and washers, OT lamps, OT tables, ICU beds, hospital beds, simulators for skill lab etc. have been procured during the year.

A new 3-tesla MRI machine is currently under installation in the new OPD building and is expected to be operational in a few weeks’ time, it stated. It also mentioned that the institute has carried out a number of construction works, major repairing and renovation works. Some of the assets created are a public washroom facility near Dental College OPD, OT for the Obs and gynae department, it added.

It further stated that a hostel for girl students of College of Nursing which can accommodate about 40 students has also been commissioned. Construction of separate new buildings for the Dental College, Nursing College is almost completed and can be commissioned soon, it stated. Pharmacology laboratory, class room cum examination hall, post graduate ladies hostel with 100 capacities is nearing completion and can be utilized in a few weeks’ time, it added.

Compound walls, roads, footpaths have been constructed at different areas of the campus, it stated. Despite many constraints, RIMS is fully committed to complementing the government effort of reducing the maternal and child mortality rate and furthermore, controlling the spread of preventable diseases, it also mentioned. To this effect, the institute is implementing many schemes such as PMJAY, JSSK, JSY, RBSK, CMHT, RCC etc, it added.

Brogen Singh Akoijam who attended the function as a presidium member informed that the institute is renaming both ladies and gents hostels based on famous indigenous flowers and hills of Manipur. It mentioned that the naming of the hostels of both ladies and gents was recommended by a sub-committee headed by Padmashri awardee, A  ShyamSharma.

Dean school of medical sciences, Manipur University, Professor Kh Sulochana Devi, and medical superintendent, RIMS hospital, Professor Ch Arunkumar Singh also attended as presidium members, it stated. The principal of dental and college of nursing, heads of departments, faculty members, nursing superintendent, nursing officials, key officials of the institute, staff and students attended the programme, it added.

First Published:Sept. 15, 2020, 9:37 a.m.