Manipur: CM inaugurated 30-Bedded Psychiatry ward at JNIMS

Imphal, June 11 2022: Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated a 30-Bedded Psychiatry Ward, Public Shed and Child Care Centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, JNIMS on Saturday.

Addressing the formal function held at the Institute, the CM disclosed that the government is mulling to convert the 200-bedded COVID hospital, Kyamgei to a full Maternity and Child Care and opined that the later facility will somewhat lighten the burden on JNIMS and RIMS.

Now, District Hospitals in the hill districts have around 10-20 ICU beds.

In addition, the government is trying to fill the requirements for specialist doctors, while the completion and inaugural of the under-construction Cancer Hospital on PPP model is being targeted by December this year, he added.

The CM also informed that the central government has given its approval for establishing medical colleges in the state.

One of this is the Churachandpur Medical College, which has been constructed temporarily and ready for conducting classes, he conveyed.

CM Biren expressed happiness over the changes witnessed in the Institute’s campus, observing that apart from cleanliness around the campus, an inclination towards maintaining professional ethics is also visible in the institute.

He then appealed to all to work like a family, to be committed and encourage ethical behaviour.

The CM maintained that the Institute was lagging behind in terms of infrastructure and equipment, not in terms of talents and that the government is trying to provide all the necessities.

He highlighted that efforts are on to inaugurate the boys and girls hostel and hand them over to the institute before June 30.He also spoke on the need for an Engineering Cell in the Institute.

He then stressed that the present government is mission oriented and very much committed to public welfare and bringing positive changes in all sectors, be it in education, tourism or health, etc.

Biren also said that the health sector is important and as such, the government is launching all the health-related schemes.

He further stated that delivery of the schemes at the doorsteps of the intended beneficiaries in the far-flung areas is the government’s primary duty.

By nature our people have the habit of going to the doctor only at the last moment, he said, while adding that the Health for All scheme was launched to provide not just treatment but also facility for screening and diagnosis in the primary stage, in consideration of this fact.

Now, we have around 160 teams working across the state to provide door-to-door screening of 10 Non-Com municable Diseases (NCDs) for early detection and di agnosis and to provide free medication, he said and further appreciated the health department for its dedication.

Around 160 teams led by doctors have screened around 1.41 lakh people under the Chief Minister Health for All (CMHA) scheme.

The Chief Minister also highlighted that the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) Scheme provision has been increased to Rs 5 lakh.

Highlighting recent developments in the health sector including increase in number of ICU beds, beds with Ventilators, 24×7 Solar lighting at Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur district hospitals, and the newly inaugurated Tele-ICU; Biren stressed that the present government has certainly brought some improvements in the health sector.

Regarding the inauguration of the Psychiatry Ward, the CM said that for a state, where there is insurgency and drug related issues, a Psychiatry Ward is very crucial.

He also spoke on the need to build a united front in the state, stating that once we are in the state government service or become a legislator, we should start thinking as a Manipuri and not restrict ourselves to our community or village.

“We need to come out of thinking and working only for our community or village, but instead work for the whole society to encourage unity, oneness in the State and country”, he exhorted, while adding that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are able to strengthen the spirit and idea of an ‘Ek-Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ .

“We should not work on sectarian beliefs and instead look at everyone as equal”, he said and remarked that the continuation of the same has made us able to bring unity with support of the public.

In his speech, Health Minister Dr Ranjan Sapam stated that a Psychiatry Ward is a long standing need of the state.

With regard to CMHT, he said that the government is implementing the scheme aggressively for screening and diagnosis of NCD at the grassroots level in the state.

We are working with a commitment to reach out to every corner of the State, he asserted, while remarking that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Manipur is on the path of progress.

The inaugural function was also attended by CAF&PD minister L Susindro Meitei, Lamlai AC MLA Kshetrimayum Ibomcha, CS Dr Rajesh Kumar, Addl CS V Vumlunmang, director (Health) Dr K Rajo Singh, JNIMS director Prof L Deben Singh, senior faculty members, students, doctors and staff among others.

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