Set example for MCI to grant 100 medical seats: Prof Mehta

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  • Political willpower mantra for dev: CM

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 01: Arunachal Pradesh inked history with dignitaries led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu handing over medical seat allocation letters to first batch of 39 (27 girls & 12 boys) of 40 students of TRIMHS and Medical College, amidst drizzling on this auspicious day (010818), whose total stood at 9.

Tomo Riba Institute of Medical Sciences with knowledge, ethics, wisdom and service as motto is named after former chief minister Tomo Riba and presence of his wife octogenarian Minati Riba made the difference amidst innumerable guests, including top ranking officers, leaders of various political parties and NGO representatives.

August is auspicious as the first sitting in this hall (used earlier as state Legislative Assembly) was on August 7 and this historic occasion is in August too, CM Khandu, in his address, said and congratulated the people as 60 MLAs cutting across party line worked as ‘Team Arunachal’. He made special mention of TRIMHS director Dr Moji Jini and dean Prof J Jaykumar, Medical Council of India (MCI) president Prof Jayshree Mehta, administrative & grievances committee chairman Prof Ajay and secretary Dr Reena Nayar and Union Health Ministry senior regional director Dr P J Gogoi for their enduring efforts to achieve the success.

The two NRI and 8 GoI seats are not filled would be converted to state quota, he said, and announced strategy for fast growth of the hospital. The 300-beded was complete within record 20 months for the medical college to function, he said, adding the state is a late starter in development. Neither CM nor the Govt could do anything until ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit is adopted in practice, he said while lauding the role of constructive opposition including former CM Nabam Tuki present.

Many doctors have been recruited by APPSC which would be posted to district hospitals, CHCs and PHCs to meet the demands for doctors, he said, adding the health sector is being streamlined through decentralisation with district society headed by DC would solve most of the problems.

State’s first Sainik School will begin on August 27 at Pasight and a committee has been set up to identify places for two more Sainik Schools in eastern and western zone as assured by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the CM disclosed.

The state from paltry Rs 900 crore revenue earning has generated additional Rs 1,700 crore during last two years, the CM said and stressed on political will power to stump out corruption for all round development.

“It is a dream come true,” DyCM Chowna Mein said, and recalled how Dr Jini used to manage the health system of the hospital in olden days. TRIMHS’s birth is after long struggle but a tribute to pioneer leader late Riba, he said and saluted all who contributed for its birth and assured all support of the GoAP. Arunachal is rising now and make its presence felt across India soon, he added.

H&FW Minister Alo Libang thanked MCI team and Dr Gogoi for making TRIMHS a reality but urged the MCI to increase the seats from 50 to 100 soon but till then grant the central quota to this remote state. He assured to turn it to the best medical college with 100% faculties.

Applauding dedication of ‘Arunachal Team’ led by CM Khandu, Prof Mehta said that TRIMHS will rise from Arunachal anchal to become one of the best medical colleges. The selection of 27 girls reflected women emancipation due to good governance, she said, adding “This visit will be my life time experience”.

“Snatch away 100 seats from MCI,” she told Libang, adding “be ethical and professional to set example for the country to emulate and rest would follow”.

This marks a turning point in state’s history by sowing health seeds for a healthy tomorrow, chief secretary Satya Gopal said, adding the institution would not have seen the day of light today had the CM and DyCM not sanctioned funds to meet the gap funding.

This would facilitate better health care delivery system as the present Govt has a well planned strategy to tackle all problems confronting the health sector for a paradigm shift; he said and enlisted various innovative schemes to benefit the masses living in last strata of the society.

He hoped that TRIMHS faculties would set a new benchmark in providing best medical services by being willing partners of ‘Team Arunachal’ intending to serve all without any distinction. He gave a clarion call to “make a healthy, prosperous and new Arunachal where women would be safe and children with smiling faces would be roaming on the streets”.

Arunachal is one of the three states without medical college where setting up of a medical college was considered impossible but has been made possible, TRIMHS director Dr Jini said and made special mention of those who were instrumental in turning the dream of a medical college a reality.

The first proposal was submitted in 2006, Salhan Committee visited in 2008 and made the first DPR but the work started in 2015, he said, adding half of the building was inaugurated in 2009 by former CM Dorjee Khandu and another portion by present CM Khandu. However, TRIMHS would make a vast difference in country’s health system as ensuring best health service would be its top priority, he assured but announced the college would be ready to start PG courses in three years and medical university on shaping it like NEIGRIMs in future.

Health commissioner Ashish Kumar Verma also spoke.

A documentary on the birth of TRIMHS in SPT building during NEFA days and its growth till now was screened which depicted those who were involved and witnesses explaining the situation then. The existing General Hospital, 1st referral hospital of the state, was renamed as Arunachal State Hospital in 2015 and rechristened as TRIHMS in 19,05.17. The TRIHMS would be affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University.  A souvenir was also released to mark the occasion.

Speaker T N Thongdok, Deputy Speaker Tape Bagra, Ministers Honchun Ngandam (education) and Wangki Lowang (PHED), lawmakers Japu Deru and Rajesh Tacho, Union Health Services additional DG (Retd) Dr R N Salhan, among others, were present.

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