Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has appealed to the doctors and other medical staff to maintain professionalism and ethics while performing their duties, conveying that their services are very crucial in providing better healthcare services to the people.
Laying the foundation stone for Raj Medicity Multi Speciality Hospital to be constructed at Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East, Chief Minister N. Biren maintained that the Government is giving priority to the health and education sector, putting much effort to develop the sector. With the increase in the MBBS seats from 100 to 150 at JNIMS and opening of Churachandpur Medical College with 100 MBBS seats, the State can now produce around 500 MBBS in a year. This will somehow solve the shortage of doctors in the State to some extent, he added. He continued that following the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to open a Medical College in each district of the Country, the State Government has plan to set up Medical Colleges in some other districts, he asserted,
Highlighting the initiatives taken up by the Government to provide accessible healthcare services to the public including CMHT, Ayushman Bharat and Health For All scheme, Chief Minister conveyed that more than 700 villages had been covered under the Health For All scheme and testing and check up for more than 3 lakhs people had been done. He added that early testing and diagnosis of diseases would help in early treatment of the same.
Biren further appreciated the Prime Minister for putting in much emphasis on the health sector, adding that the latter had taken decision to use vernacular language as medium of teaching and learning in MBBS course. Such an initiative will help the students to learn more thoroughly about the subjects as we learn more easily while being taught in our mother tongue, he added.
Recalling the hardships faced by the people of the State during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of medical facilities, shortages of oxygen cylinders and supply, the Chief Minister appreciated all the concerned officials, doctors and other medical staff for their tireless efforts and contribution in successfully fighting the pandemic. He also expressed that the contributions made by some private hospitals in saving the lives of the people during the pandemic can never be forgotten.
Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution (CAF & PD) Minister L. Sunsindro Meitei and Chairman and Managing Director, Raj Medicity H. Rajen shared the dais with the Chief Minister, who was the Chief Guest of the foundation laying programme.
CAF & PD Minister L. Sunsindro Meitei stated that the Multi Specialty Hospital, for which the foundation stone had been laid today, will provide various healthcare facilities to the people after its completion. He also spoke on the suitability of the site where the hospital would be constructed. Recalling the contribution of private hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, he appreciated the initiatives of the Chief Minister in developing the healthcare sector of the State.
Chairman, Manipur State Power Distribution Company Ltd. Shri Tongbram Robindro, Chairman Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Shri Khongbantabam Ibomcha, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority M. Asnikumar, MLA of Moirang AC Thongam Shanti, MLA of Tadubi AC N. Kayisii, MLA of Kakching AC Mayanglambam Rameshwar, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arunkumar, MLA of Kumbi AC Sanasam Premchandra, doctors and staff of Raj Medicity also attended the programme among others.