Imphal: 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 Saturday.
Addressing a formal function in this regard at the Institute, the Chief Minister expressed happiness with the change witnessed in the Institute’s campus. Biren Singh said that not only in cleanliness around the campus, but an inclination towards maintaining professional ethics is also visible in the institute. He also made an appeal to all to work like a family, to be committed and to encourage ethical behaviour.
The Chief Minister further asserted 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.
Further, speaking on the requirements of the Institute, the Chief Minister highlighted that efforts are on to inaugurate the boys and girls hostel and hand it over to the institute before June 30. He also spoke on the need for an Engineering Cell in the Institute.
He 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 Singh also said that the health sector is very important and as such the government is launching all the health related schemes. He further added 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 a habit of going to the doctor only at the last moment, he said adding that considering this fact, the Health for All scheme was launched to provide not just treatment but screening and diagnosis in the primary stage.
Now we have around 160 teams working across the State to provide door-to-door screening for 10 Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for early detection and diagnosis and to provide free medication, he said, further appreciating the Health department for their dedication.
The Chief Minister further highlighted that the Chief Minister gi Hakshel gi Tengbang (CMHT) Scheme provision has been increased to Rs. 5 lakhs.
Further 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, newly inaugurated Tele-ICU, the Chief Minister stressed that the present government has certainly brought some improvements in the health sector.
Observing that the government is mulling to convert the 200-bedded COVID hospital, Kyamgei to a full Maternity and Child Care, the Chief Minister said this will somewhat lighten the burden on JNIMS and RIMS. Now, District Hospitals in the hill districts have around 10-20 ICU beds, he added.
He continued that the government is trying to fill the requirements for specialist doctors and that completion and inaugural of the under construction Cancer hospital on PPP model is targeted by December this year.
Regarding the inaugural of the Psychiatry Ward, the Chief Minister said for a State where there is insurgency and drug related issues, a Psychiatry Ward is very crucial.
The Chief Minister also spoke on the need to build a united front in the State and said that once we are in the State government service or become a legislator we should start thinking as a Manipuri and should 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 said adding that under the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri 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 equals, he said, further continuing that today we are able to bring unity with support of the public.
Health Minister Dr. Ranjan Sapam said that a Psychiatry Ward is a long standing need of the State. Speaking about CMHT, the Health Minister said that the government is implementing the CMHT very aggressively for screening and diagnosis of NCD at the grass-root level in the State. We are working with a commitment to reach out to every corner of the State, he added. He said under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Manipur is on the path of progress.
The inaugural function was also attended by Minister CAF&PD, L. Susindro Meitei; MLA Lamlai, Kshetrimayum Ibomcha; Chief Secretary, Dr. Rajesh Kumar; Additional Chief Secretary, V. Vumlunmang; Director (Health), Dr. K. Rajo Singh; Director JNIMS, Prof L. Deben Singh; senior faculty members; students; doctors; staff among others.