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RANCHI: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is planning to commission a state-of-the-art ward for its patients. The 100-bed facility will provide quality healthcare at reasonable rates.

The plan for the five-storey facility, which is likely to draw investment worth Rs 16 crore, has already been sent to the state government's engineering cell.

"A 100-bed ward will be set up on the premises of the institute but information related to its construction cannot be shared at this point of time," said Rims director Tulsi Mahto but did not give further details.

Healthcare at the new facility won't burn hole in consumers' pockets. However, acute shortage of doctors and attendants at Rims continues to be a cause for worry. However, the authority is hopeful of solving the problem soon.

"All vacancies will be filled in the coming financial year and we will have sufficient staff by the time the ward gets ready," said S C Bhagat, the public relations officer at the Rims.

The clearance of the proposal comes after a month of the inauguration of a dental college and a nursing school on the 197-acre campus. Plans to construct a trauma centre and an emergency block with 50 beds are also in the pipeline. The present trauma centre and crisis is highly congested and requires renovation.

The long-standing demand of the paramedical students seems to have ended finally as the proposal for a dedicated faculty building worth Rs 6.47 crore has also been cleared. A multi-storey parking facility worth Rs 11.3 crore and a morgue will also be constructed on the premises of the institute. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Rats menace at RIMS in Ranchi

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is facing more problems than it can handle. After having a hard time controlling an irate group of MBBS students who were on strike recently, Rims authorities are probably struggling to end the 'rat race'.

The problem took a serious turn after a local newspaper reported last week that rats bit off a patient's foot in the orthopedic ward. In fact, the rodents are everywhere inside the orthopaedic and paraplegia departments and other units in the basement.

Twelve-year-old Devika Rani, currently nursing a fractured arm at Rims, had to rush out of the toilet one night to save herself from rats. "They were huge and fat," she said.

Ishtiaq Ansari, another patients admitted in the orthopaedic department for over a week and who has to sleep on the floor, also complains of rats. "They nibble on any food and even attack uncovered tiffin boxes and plates," Ishtiaq said.

Patients say unclean toilets and garbage in and around the hospital invite rodents. Upendra Das Goswami, a patient at the paraplegia unit, said a rat climbed on his bed one night. "It is scary as we are restricted to bed," he said.

However, nurses and ward boys blame patients and their relatives, who "litter everywhere", for the problem. Higher up, Rims authorities completely denied that rodents exist inside the hospital.

"We launched an inquiry immediately but did not find any such thing," said Kumari Vasundhara, superintendent, RIMS. "The rats are nearly extinct as pesticide is sprayed at frequent intervals. But we are looking into the matter with utmost priority," she added.

A Rims official, however, admitted that the problem existed though a year ago. "But now, the pest control has done a good job in wiping out the rodent colony. But there can be a few left inside the compound," he said.

"Rodent problem is largely dealt at repeated intervals. From the latest non-toxic glue traps to toxic cakes, everything is used to keep them at bay," a Pest Control India (PCI) personnel said.

But all these hardly manage to allay fears among patients, who live with the problem every day and night. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Govt approves monthly stipend of 1,500 for paramedical students of RIMS

 State health ministry has agreed to give them monthly stipends, thus paying heed to one of their long standing demands. The students will now get Rs1,500 per month during their course.

"The decision was agreed upon earlier this week," said Dr Vivek Kashyap, principal of PCM department at Rims. Their other demands - permanent classrooms and dedicated faculty - are yet to be approved.

"The government said they need some time to meet our other demands," Kashyap added. The paramedical students at Rims are deprived of proper classrooms in their department since its inception and do not have full-time faculty. "Rims itself has a shortage of lecturers because they are tied up with under graduate and PG curriculums. They are unable to devote adequate time to the paramedical students," Kashyap said.

The students have also been demanding to change their apron colours from blue to white. "We look more like petrol pump operators and less like medical students in blue aprons," said Abhishek Kumar, a student at Rims. They have also demanded for hostel facility, which is yet to come their way. "All their demands have been sent to the state government. They are looking into the matter," Kashyap said.

Rims Studentd call off strike

The agitating medical students of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims), who were part of a nationwide protest against a Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to extend the MBBS curriculum to seven and a half years, called off their protests on Saturday as Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union health minister clarified that there was no such proposal. The health minister met with the representatives of the agitating students in New Delhi and cleared the air over such speculations, a press release issued by the health ministry said.

"We called off the peaceful protests after we were assured that the existing tenure of five and a half years of the medical curriculum will remain," said Vidya Charan, a final-year student of RIMS. The proposed curriculum reportedly extended the MBBS undergraduate curriculum by two years. Students would have to spend one more year in internship and at a rural medical facility for a year, adding two more years to the lengthy curriculum.

However, in a letter to the MCI in November last year, the Union health ministry had proposed a year of practice in rural facilities mandatory for a medical graduate before they sought admission in a PG course.

The recommendation managed to stay under wraps all this while before students got the wind of it. It was misinterpreted by the RIMS students, who took to the streets on Wednesday, demanding the repealing of the recommendation. They went on a strike for four hours a day inside the RIMS campus and flashed black badges in condemnation since Wednesday.

The health minister has directed the officials concerned to keep the notification in abeyance. He has also assured that a rural posting will not be mandatory for appearing the PG examination in the 2015-2016 session.

Dr Nisith Ekka, joint secretary of the Jharkhand unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA), which in turn had lent its support to the agitating students, has welcomed the move. "The proposal was unjust and has been rightly taken back," he said. "The government should hire doctors and send them to the rural primary health centres (PHC) rather than forcing them to do so," he added. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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