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Striking Jharkhand doctors face disciplinary action

Ranchi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Jharkhand government Tuesday asked junior doctors of a premier medical institute here to end their strike. Else, the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) would be invoked against them.

The junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) went on strike Saturday following a clash with the residents of Bariatu locality. The clash broke out after a resident was hit by a doctor's vehicle. More than 40 people, including doctors, were injured in the clash.

During the three-day strike, media reports say 13 patients died and over 400 deserted RIMS due to absence of treatment. Poor patients were among the worst sufferers. However, the hospital management said no deaths took place after the strike.

Taking a serious view, the state government Monday held a meeting with the RIMS management and threatened to impose ESMA. The act provides for maintenance of certain essential services including public health.

The state health department also cancelled the leave of senior doctors, appointed army doctors in RIMS and shifted doctors from rural areas to the institute.

"The government spends millions of rupees on doctors' education. There is a ruling of Supreme Court that emergency services should not be stopped. If the striking junior doctors do not return to their duties then the state government may impose ESMA," Jharkhand Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said Tuesday.

However, the junior doctors have adopted a tough stand and said that they would not return to their jobs unless local residents who clashed with them were arrested. Source:mangalorean

Striking Jharkhand doctors face disciplinary action

Ranchi (IANS): The Jharkhand government on Tuesday asked junior doctors of a premier medical institute here to end their strike. Else, the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) would be invoked against them.

The junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) went on strike Saturday following a clash with the residents of Bariatu locality. The clash broke out after a resident was hit by a doctor's vehicle. More than 40 people, including doctors, were injured in the clash.

During the three-day strike, media reports say 13 patients died and over 400 deserted RIMS due to absence of treatment. Poor patients were among the worst sufferers. However, the hospital management said no deaths took place after the strike.

Taking a serious view, the state government Monday held a meeting with the RIMS management and threatened to impose ESMA. The act provides for maintenance of certain essential services including public health.

The state health department also cancelled the leave of senior doctors, appointed army doctors in RIMS and shifted doctors from rural areas to the institute.

"The government spends millions of rupees on doctors' education. There is a ruling of Supreme Court that emergency services should not be stopped. If the striking junior doctors do not return to their duties then the state government may impose ESMA," Jharkhand Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said Tuesday.

However, the junior doctors have adopted a tough stand and said that they would not return to their jobs unless local residents who clashed with them were arrested. Source:hindu

RIMS strike enters fourth day

Ranchi, Dec. 30: The number of indoor patients reduced to 447 from yesterday's figure of 552 as the strike of junior doctors at Rajendra Institute Medical Sciences (RIMS) entered into the fourth day today.

After a rough survey conducted by the institute, that is proposed to be developed as a super speciality centre of the state, it was found there were no doctors in most wards and patients were dependant on a few nurses.

Patients tried to keep themselves occupied. Two children were seen running behind mice in Umesh Prasad unit where 27 patients were undergoing treatment. Only one nurse was attending to the poor patients.

Similar was the condition in the unit under doctors J.K. Singh, J.K. Jain, R.G. Baxla, N.K. Jha, Vikash, J. Prasad where the number of indoor patients admitted were seven, four, 22, seven, 10 and eight, respectively.

On visiting the surgical operation theatre, it was found that no operation was carried out there today while five minor operations took place in the casualty operation theatre and three in the major operation theatre.

In the eye department, no indoor patient was seen while at 14 were attended to in the skin department. There were four patients in the unit of doctor A.K. Mahto, while five visited R.K. Jha's unit.

The paediatrics department had two lady doctors from the Kanke primary health centre, there were nine patients at neo-natal ward and six admitted in the labour room.

RIMS wore a deserted look but among the people who could be spotted were Jharkhand Armed Police jawans, private security guards and a few attendants.

Sources said emergency and outdoor services also remained affected due to the strike. "Only 250 patients turned up at the outdoor ward while emergency cases registered were 28," a doctor said, requesting anonymity.

A nurse said five people died in the past 24 hours due to lack of proper medical care. The list of deceased included Chandni Kumari (15), Suraj Munda (21), Saraswati Kumari (21 days), Jainath Karmali (35) and Sandeep Kumar (8).

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad claimed that medical services at the institute are improving.

"A team of 37 doctors, including 13 from health directorate, have arrived at the institute to extend their services. More than 400 patients were treated at the out patient department while 13 new patients were admitted at the institute. Seven major operations were carried out today while 17 minor operations were carried out. Only three deaths have been reported," Prasad claimed. Source:telegraphindia

RIMS students' strike continues, work hit

29 Dec 2008: RANCHI: At least nine patients died at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the past 24 hours even as the indefinite strike called by doctors paralyzed work at the institute on Sunday. Medical students at RIMS went on an indefinite strike on Saturday following a clash with local residents.

RIMS superintendent I B Prasad, however, told TOI that nine deaths in the hospital in the last 24 hours should not be linked with the doctors' strike. "On an average there are about nine to ten deaths at RIMS every day. So these nine deaths on in the past 24 hours should not be linked to the strike," Prasad said.

The students have been on an indefinite strike since Saturday in support of their eight-point demand including more security on the campus and disciplinary action against the DSP and office-in-charge of the Bariatu police station. The strike was called soon after an irate mob entered the hospital and thrashed the doctors on duty and RIMS boarders. The clashes began when local a ward councillor, Javed Akhtar, was injured in an accident involving a doctor's vehicle.

All efforts by state health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi to break the deadlock between the locals and students went in vain. The minister also held an emergent board meeting at RIMS on Sunday. The meet decided that emergency wards be opened and senior doctors will take over the charge. "The patients are not at fault and they should not suffer." Sahi said.

The minister also accepted some demands of the students like increasing the height of RIMS boundary wall, frisking of all vehicles entering the campus and issue of gate pass. He also agreed to the demand made by girl students to enhance security on the campus and deployment of female security guards.

A peeved Sahi asked the RIMS administration to deal sternly with the frequent strikes by doctors and other staff and ensure that there is no repetition of Saturday's incident.

Ranchi SSP Sampat Meena assured the students that an inquiry committee headed by a magistrate will be formed to probe the matter. She also said the role of Bariatu police station OC would be probed. "The inquiry committee will submit its report within 10 days. Action will be taken accordingly," Meena said.

Students on the other hand said that unless their eight-point charter of demands is fulfilled they would not call off the strike. They, however, said emergency services at the hospital would not be disrupted.- as Published by Times of India.

RIMS impasse on, patients leave - Govt warns doctors of stern action

Pic: A patient being carried away at RIMS in Ranchi on Monday.
 

Ranchi, Dec. 29, 2008: The stalemate at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) continued for the third consecutive day with junior doctors refusing to join duty till their demands were met.

This, even after the state government issued a warning that action would be taken against the agitating doctors under Essential Service Maintenance Act (ESMA) if they persisted with the strike. The Junior Doctors' Association is protesting against the attack on them by Bariatu bustee dwellers after a road accident on Saturday.

The patients continued to bear the brunt of the crisis. According to reports, three more persons died at RIMS today. They are Sufal Mahto (22), a victim of Tamar bomb blast, Shivshanker Ojha (24), who suffered a bullet injury at Bhurkunda in Ramgarh, and Shaligram Yadav, a victim of road accident in Giridih.

The number of indoor patients also went down. While the total number of patients at the hospital was 1,135 on Saturday, a rough survey pegged the figure at just 552 today. Sources supported the facts, saying more than 250 patients left the institute in the past 24 hours. However, RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad refused to confirm anything.

Meanwhile, bracing for more difficult times, health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi has directed the health secretary, Pradeep Kumar, to cancel leaves of regular doctors and to deploy 60 regular and contract doctors from Sadar hospital and primary health centres of the state.

Further, the minister has asked the 15 doctors deputed at health directorate to extend their service to RIMS in three shifts. Following the direction, a team of 18 doctors from Sadar hospital rushed to RIMS while the rest will come by tomorrow.

Sahi also convened a meeting of senior doctors of the state at RIMS and empowered Kumar to take proper legal action, including imposition of ESMA, against the agitating doctors. He, however, claimed the situation was being brought under control. He said more than 600 patients were attended at the outdoor department and 14 new patients were admitted by the emergency department today.

Sahi stressed that the government would not buckle under the pressure being mounted by the junior doctors. He also threatened them with dire consequences in case of non-withdrawal of the strike immediately.

But, the junior doctors are in no mood to relent either. They reiterated that Saturday's organised attack on them in the presence of police officials had raised questions about their security.

Their resolve became stronger after reports poured in that the condition of Dharmendra Mohan Prasad, a doctor who was assaulted on Saturday, was still serious.

The doctors are demanding the dismissal of officer-in-charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city deputy police superintendent Mahesh Paswan.

They alleged that the duo played the role of mute spectators while the mob from Bariatu bustee entered the RIMS campus and kept on attacking them for more than two hours. Source:telegraphindia.com

Brakes on emergency services - RIMS doctors continue strike, patients suffer

On vigil outside RIMS
Ranchi, Dec. 28,2008: Medical services remained affected at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after junior doctors went on an indefinite strike following a clash with Bariatu bustee residents on Saturday.

Emergency and OPD services at RIMS were not provided. The institute, where more than 1,200 patients avail of medical services daily, today wore a deserted look. A rough survey revealed that hardly 800 patients received indoor services. Unconfirmed reports stated that poor indoor service had claimed nine lives over the past 24 hours.

The RIMS campus was fortified with a company of JAP jawans, armed with firearms and lathis. Over 140 private guards of RIMS were also posted inside the building.

State health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi convened a meeting with junior and senior RIMS doctors this afternoon. But the two-hour meeting yielded no result as junior doctors refused to return to their duties till their eight-point charter of demands was complied with.

The junior doctors demanded dismissal of Bariatu officer-in-charge Md Waquar Hussain and city deputy police superintendent Mahesh Paswan. They alleged that the duo acted like mute spectators when a mob from Bariatu bustee entered the RIMS campus and kept attacking medicos for more than two hours.

Junior Doctors' Association member Neeraj Kumar said: "We want RMC counsellor Javed Akhtar arrested and some police officers dismissed, a wall around the land and a picket of para military force on the campus. We do not want doctors to be implicated in any police case or the construction of a proposed shopping mall on campus."

Though Sahi said the help of army and contract doctors would be taken, emergency services could not be started till late in the evening. Senior superintendent of police Sampat Meena said that three FIRs were lodged till late this evening in connection with yesterday's violence. Source:telegraphindia

Clash rocks RIMS

Pic: Police chase away rampaging locals in Ranchi on Saturday.
 

Ranchi, Dec. 27, 2008: Several people sustained injuries in clashes after a doctor's car allegedly hit a motorcycle at the main-gate of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), too, were badly hit today.

Over 65 medicos, 12 policemen and five pedestrians sustained injuries in the scuffle. Traffic movement on Bariatu Road remained disrupted for over two hours. Emergency and OPD services at RIMS, too, were badly hit.

The clashes began around 10.30am and continued till 2pm. First the motorcyclist, Mohammed Naseen Akhtar, thrashed the doctor Dharmendra Mohan Prasad, who was driving the car. When the medicos saw that their senior was being assaulted, they rushed to his rescue.

Consequently, over 500 residents of Bariatu Bustee, led by a ward councillor of the locality, Javed Akhtar, arrived at RIMS and pelted stones on the medicos and the hospital building.

Of the 82 people injured, seven are still undergoing treatment at RIMS and other nursing homes. The remaining were released after being administered first-aid. Among the policemen injured were deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan, city inspector Mohammed Nehal and Bariatu police station officer in-charge Md Waquar Hussain.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal said an FIR would be lodged in the Bariatu police station soon. "The injured students would lodge separate FIRs while the RIMS management and the canteen will lodge a separate FIR," he said. Sources said that the motorcycle victim had lodged an FIR against the doctor at Bariatu.

DSP Paswan said FIRs would be lodged against those who had taken law into their hands. A company of district armed forces under the control of nine magistrates has been deputed at RIMS and students have been directed to remain inside their hostels. Source:telegraphindia

Doctor scarcity affects MGM

Jamshedpur, Dec. 21: Only two years have passed since the CT scan machine was brought in at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital for a cost of Rs 1.4 crore, but the instruments is no longer being used.

For over three months now, the machine is lying defunct due to dearth of doctors at the radiology department. And the patients at the government hospital are getting ultrasound test and CT scan done from other clinics.

The head of the radiology department A.K. Verma, who was looking after CT scan, X-ray and ultrasound, retired from service in September this year. And another doctor of the department Parash Nath Ram was transferred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) which left the department with no doctors.

Ever since the CT scan machine was installed at the hospital, patients flocked in as the charge here was nominal compared to private clinics, nursing homes and hospital.

At private clinic the charges range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000, in MGM it was somewhere around Rs 800 to Rs 2,000. For ultrasound, it was Rs 350 or Rs 400, whereas in the medical college hospital patients were charged Rs 150.

Now in the absence of doctors, the staff conducts the X-ray but the patients do not get the reports.

There are three ultrasound machines in the hospital, one at the gynaecological department, and the other two at the chamber of the head of the radiology department, but none are used. Even when the doctors were there, the machines were hardly used.

Shurekha Ram, a woman undergoing treatment for gall bladder stone, said that four months ago she underwent a ultrasound test at the hospital at Rs 150 only but her husband had to ask the hospital superintendent to arrange for it at the hospital.

"A.K. Verma had asked my husband to get the ultrasound test done from outside. But as my husband knew that there is ultrasound machine in the radiology department, he immediately went to the then superintendent R.Y. Choudhury. After the hospital superintendent interfered and asked Verma to do the ultrasound test, he conducted the test," said Shurekha.

G.S. Baraik, the acting superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital, confirmed that none of the tests are being conducted at the radiology department now. "The former superintendent had written to the health department to appoint radiologist soon after A.K. Verma retired, but no one has been appointed till now," he said.

A doctor, on condition of anonymity, said earlier A.K. Verma would send the patients to private clinics for tests as he would get commission from them.
Source:telegraphindia.com

Vacant posts hit health sector in East Singhbhum

Jamshedpur, Dec. 9, 2008: Acute shortage of health staff in East Singhbhum has badly affected healthcare services in the district.

At present, there are only 44 regular doctors against the sanctioned strength of 75. The scenario is worse when it comes to the case of contractual doctors. Only 41 doctors are working on a contractual basis in the district against the sanctioned 164 posts. There is an acute shortage of contract doctors, as many of the medicos did resign recently — complaining of long hours and poor pay.

District health officials said better health services can be offered only when the vacant posts are filled up.

East Singhbhum civil surgeon Deepali Dey admitted that absence of manpower was a taking its toll on the district healthcare services.

Besides, the district is also facing shortage of grade-A nurses, pharmacists and food inspectors.

An official at the civil surgeon's office said: "This year at least 20 contractual doctors have left, as they were overworked and dissatisfied with their salaries."

Officials of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Jamshedpur chapter, warned that the situation could worsen if the government failed to ensure positive measures to retain the doctors, soon.

"One should keep in mind that contractual doctors run the show in almost every part of the state in nearly every clinic," warned the IMA general secretary, Mritunjay Singh.

"There has been no fresh recruitment of regular doctors since 2000 — and that needs to be changed as well," said Singh. "The contractual doctors should be made regulars. Unless the contractual doctors' services are regularised, they would continue to move out of the state, adding to the already crumbling healthcare services in the district," added Singh. Apart from the staff crunch, the district's medical infrastructure is also in shambles.

"We have received a proposal to upgrade the additional primary health centres to primary centres. We are deliberating on the proposal. If that happens then the primary centres would be upgraded into health sub-centres. All these measures would help improve the health services in the days to come," Dey said.

The officials also said the state heath department is mulling to start recruitment drive for medical staff in the future.
source:telegraphindia.com

Bokaro steel plant sponsored medical college almost ready

Bokaro Ispat Institute of Medicine at Bokaro General Hospital, which was supposed to start its academic session this year, is still awaiting a nod from the Medical Council of India (MCI).


The college also needs an approval of the board of directors of the Steel authority of India Limited (SAIL) for availing infrastructure of the Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL).


… Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi had in 2006 promised that he would clear the project within 24 hours if he received any proposal from BSL for setting up a medical college. He had also assured that the college would become functional by 2008. However, the pace of paperwork for setting up the college has raised doubts on whether the academic session would begin even in 2009.


Sources said that MCI had completed its survey of the general hospital, which would be used for training students. It has surveyed other infrastructure that BSL is willing to extend. However, the council has not given its nod yet. …


After getting the approval of the Jharkhand government in November 2007, the managing director of BSL, V.K. Srivastav, had told The Telegraph that he was anxiously waiting for the MCI team’s survey of the hospital, one of the best in eastern India.


To speed up work, the BSL also constituted the Bokaro Educational Trust headed by its executive director Jivesh Mishra. …
source:orissalinks.com

Medical Colleges / Institutions in Jharkhand

Sl. No. Name of the Institute Place District

  1. Patliputra Medical Colleges , Dhanbad : Seats : 50(MBBS)
    Address : Dhanbad - 826005
    Telephone : 0326-2264165 , Fax : 0326-224165
  2. Rajendra Institute of Medical Science, Ranchi : Seats : 90(MBBS)
    Address : PO Bariatu Ranchi - 834009
    Phones : 0651-2541533 , Fax : 0651-2540629 EMail : rims_ranchi@rediffmail.com
  3. Hospital for Mental Deseases , Kanke , Ranchi
  4. MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur ,East Singhbhum : Seats: 50(MBBS)
    Address : Dimna Road,P.O. Mange, Jamshedpur - 831018
    Phones : 0657-2462108 Fax : 0657-2462106
  5. Ranchi Veterinary College ,Kanke ,Ranchi
  6. Jharkhand Veterinary College, Kanke ,Ranchi
  7. Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Kanke ,Ranchi
  8. College of Nursing, Rajendra Medical College & Hospital ,Ranchi
  9. Yogda Satsang Homeopathic College ,Ranchi
  10. Homeopathic College & Hospital ,Mihijam ,Dumka

Junior docs of RIMS RANCHI on protest path

Ranchi, Dec. 8, 2008: Over 200 junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have decided to go on a mass leave and a daylong hunger strike on December 10 to protest a payment delay.


The association has further threatened to observe an indefinite strike 10 days after their protest on Wednesday. They have started organising regular meetings to thrash out the details of the strike.


President of Junior Doctors’ Association Jitendra Singh Munda said they were compelled to take the protest path as the state government was not paying heed to their demand for pay in accordance with the junior residency scheme.


“According to the junior residency scheme of the RIMS, a junior doctor should get 94 per cent of the salary of state health officials, but the juniors are not getting the stated amount. We had pointed out the irregularities in March this year, but the government has turned a deaf ear to our demands,” Munda said.


Dr. Pankaj, a member of the Junior Doctors’ Association, backed Munda’s claims.


“While the pay scale for state health officials is Rs 8,000-Rs 13,500, our pay package falls under the scale of just Rs 6,500-Rs 10,000,” he said.


A stalemate is likely to result as health secretary Pradeep Kumar has made it clear that it was difficult to meet the demands of the doctors in near future. “The finance department has rejected the demand and we cannot fulfil the demands of the junior doctors at RIMS,” he said.


Sources said the junior residency scheme of RIMS was drawn up following a decision taken by the RIMS governing council at a meeting held on April 20, 2004.


Keeping in view the information received in this regard from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Union health and family welfare ministry and AIIMS prospectus 2003 for admission to postgraduate courses.Source:telegraphindia.com

RIMS opens cath lab to cardiac patients


Ranchi, Nov. 28: The cath lab, which was inaugurated at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on September 18, became operational from today.

Two patients underwent angiography on the first day at the new unit. These included Rajesh Kumar Mahto (14), a resident of Silli, and Sangeeta Devi (38), a resident of Bundu, respectively.

Doctors of Apollo Hospital, including Lalit Kapoor, Deepak Gupta and Neeraj Prasad, were present on the occasion along with RIMS cath lab in-charge J.K. Mitra and medicine department head A.K. Mahto.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said that the cath lab would help provide proper medical care to cardiac patients of the state, who now have to spend large amounts for treatment outside the state.

A cath lab provides diagnostic imaging facilities, which helps a heart specialist to reach the heart of a patient through his veins. It is helpful in several procedures related to treatment of heart ailments, including a pacemaker installation.

A cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterisation procedure. A catheter is inserted into a large artery, and various wires and devices can be inserted through the body via the catheter which is inside the artery.

The laboratory installed at RIMS is a new generation flat panel detector catherisation laboratory, AXION dFC, which cost Rs 3.30crore.

The equipment would enable the doctor to diagnose possible heart attacks at an early stage.

The Font System Private Limited has installed the lab, situated beside the causality operation theatre (COT) of RIMS.
Source:www.telegraphindia.com

FIR to nail entrance exam frauds

Ranchi, Nov. 2: In what is being seen as a damage control exercise, the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB), which prepares the MBBS merit list, has lodged an FIR against six students, earlier declared successful.

The exam board’s move comes after the state vigilance department constituted three independent teams to look into the allegation of admission to three medical colleges using dishonest means, including dummy candidates for tests.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi said though he was yet to get details on the FIR — lodged by JCECEB deputy examination controller R.K. Singh — he would see to it that the vigilance probe was not affected.

Defending the JCECEB action, member secretary Arun Kumar said they had the right to lodge the FIR because it was the board that had cancelled admissions of candidates found using dishonest ways to secure admission.

“In fact, the FIR should have been lodged by the authorities of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM), Jamshedpur. Some of the students have got themselves admitted in both the institutions while three withdrew after the news of dummy candidates was flashed in newspapers. Since the colleges failed to file a complaint, we took the initiative,” Kumar said.

It is learnt that the RIMS had initially refused to part with admission files saying that the health minister had ordered for a vigilance probe. JCECEB officials claimed they had in their possession copies of the files that helped them verify the authenticity of candidates.

Sources said the FIR named four — Anamika, Ravi Kumar Oraon, Dolly Anjali Sanga and Upendra Ram Paswan — who had qualified for admission at RIMS. Charan Oraon and Prashant, also named in the complaint, had qualified for admission at MGM. The JCECEB has also given the police photographs of dummy candidates.

A top board official even hinted the role of some college employees in the fake admission process. He said the dummy candidates played their part right from filling up of application forms to counselling sessions. It was only after the classes began that the original candidates surfaced.

Talking to The Telegraph, director-general, vigilance, Neyaz Ahmad said that the department had begun a probe. “We will verify documents in the possession of medical colleges and JCECEB. If the FIR lodged by the board has merit, we will also quiz those it has named,” he said.

FIR to nail MBBS entrance exam frauds

Ranchi, Nov. 2: In what is being seen as a damage control exercise, the Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB), which prepares the MBBS merit list, has lodged an FIR against six students, earlier declared successful.

The exam board’s move comes after the state vigilance department constituted three independent teams to look into the allegation of admission to three medical colleges using dishonest means, including dummy candidates for tests.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi said though he was yet to get details on the FIR — lodged by JCECEB deputy examination controller R.K. Singh — he would see to it that the vigilance probe was not affected.
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Defending the JCECEB action, member secretary Arun Kumar said they had the right to lodge the FIR because it was the board that had cancelled admissions of candidates found using dishonest ways to secure admission.

“In fact, the FIR should have been lodged by the authorities of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM), Jamshedpur. Some of the students have got themselves admitted in both the institutions while three withdrew after the news of dummy candidates was flashed in newspapers. Since the colleges failed to file a complaint, we took the initiative,” Kumar said.

It is learnt that the RIMS had initially refused to part with admission files saying that the health minister had ordered for a vigilance probe. JCECEB officials claimed they had in their possession copies of the files that helped them verify the authenticity of candidates.

Sources said the FIR named four — Anamika, Ravi Kumar Oraon, Dolly Anjali Sanga and Upendra Ram Paswan — who had qualified for admission at RIMS. Charan Oraon and Prashant, also named in the complaint, had qualified for admission at MGM. The JCECEB has also given the police photographs of dummy candidates.

A top board official even hinted the role of some college employees in the fake admission process. He said the dummy candidates played their part right from filling up of application forms to counselling sessions. It was only after the classes began that the original candidates surfaced.

Talking to The Telegraph, director-general, vigilance, Neyaz Ahmad said that the department had begun a probe. “We will verify documents in the possession of medical colleges and JCECEB. If the FIR lodged by the board has merit, we will also quiz those it has named,” he said.
Source:telegraphindia.com

Fake medics under scanner at RIMS Ranchi

Ranchi, Oct. 12: The authenticity of about 400 aspiring doctors pursuing their MBBS in three medical colleges of the state who got admissions during 2006, 2007 and 2008 would be checked after government authorities prima facie stumbled on at least nine cases of alleged fake admissions.

These students, whose candidatures had been either cancelled or withdrawn, had “cleared” entrance tests conducted by Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB).

They were either eligible for admission or had got themselves enrolled in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM), Jamshedpur.

Chances of fake admissions in Pataliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, have also not been ruled out.

Moreover, chances of foul play in engineering, polytechnic, agriculture and veterinary admissions cannot be ruled out either, accepted JCECEB member secretary Arun Kumar, who is also the director (technical education) of state science and technology department.

State health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi has already ordered for a vigilance probe into the MBBS admissions since 2000 when the new state was formed.

This implies that admissions into three medical colleges since the 2000 academic session would come under scanner.

JCECEB authorities are puzzled that their “foolproof” digital photography technique to minimise chances of impersonation has been cracked by the dubious MBBS aspirants.

Explaining the modus operandi, JCECEB’s officer on special duty R.K. Singh said that in all stages, like filling up of application forms for entrance tests, appearing for the entrance tests, attending the counselling and even during admissions in colleges, dummy candidate were used.

When classes are held, the real students came to attend the same.

Singh also feared that photographs of both the dummy candidate and the original were digitally flayed to confuse the JCECEB and medical college authorities.

The Telegraph had reported that the board is contemplating introducing the biometric system, using thumb impressions of the aspirants for admission.

“We are in touch with a Hyderabad-based software company to procure the technique. But we do not know whether it would also be foolproof or not,” said Singh.

At present, digital photographs of the aspirants are checked during entrance tests and counselling to ascertain that the same candidate appears at these times.

The list of successful candidates, along with the photographs, is sent to the respective medical or engineering colleges for admission.

In the past couple of years, few candidates had been caught impersonating either during the tests or counselling.

Medical colleges here would re-open after Puja vacations on Monday.

Students who have taken admissions have been asked to submit their photographs by the earliest for a physical verification.
Source:telegraphindia.com

Probe on fake admissions in Jharkhand medical colleges

October 12, 2008 :Ranchi: A vigilance probe has been ordered in admissions to three Jharkhand medical colleges in which the written examination and counselling were taken by people impersonating as the candidate, a minister said Sunday.

Jharkhand Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi announced that a vigilance probe has been ordered in the fake admissions that took place in the three medical colleges.

In Jharkhand over two dozen fake cases were detected in three medical colleges -Rajendra Medical Institute of Science (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.

Nine students have been removed on forgery ground and an inquiry is being carried out in the respective medical institutes. Most of the students belong to the first year of 2008-2009 batch.

According to sources in RIMS, the dummy candidates appeared for counselling and written examination. The passport size photographs were replaced after the admission was cleared by the institutes.

"We have asked our departmental secretary to recommend vigilance probe in the fake admission in the medical colleges. The inquiry will take place since 2000 and find out the legality and validity of the admissions," Sahi told reporters.

Till now nine students have been removed from the three medical colleges of the state. Four students were removed from RIMS Ranchi.

"The dummy candidates appeared in written examination on behalf of the students by replacing the photographs. Dummy candidates also appeared in counselling. When the students were finally allocated seats in the medical colleges they got the photographs replaced in connivance with staff of the medical colleges," an RIMS official told IANS.

Around 30 students are under the scanner and the medical colleges are probing the legality of the admission. Sources in RIMS revealed that two students of previous batches were also found to have forged their documents to get admission. (IANS)
Source:samachaar.in

Cath-lab, oxygen unit for RIMS

Ranchi, Sept.18: Critical patients would now receive better facilities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) as the hospital now has a Cath-lab to treat the heart patients and a centralised oxygen delivery system to help those who need breathing support.

The Health and Family welfare minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi inaugurated the new Cath-lab and the Liquid Oxygen Central Gas Pipeline System at the hospital this evening. Both the facilities were in demand for a long time as RIMs receives critical referral patients from the hospitals and nursing homes of the state. Most of these patients require immediate medical intervention.

A cath-lab provides diagnostic imaging facilities, which helps a heart specialist in reaching the heart of a patient through his veins. It is helpful in several procedures related with treatment of heart ailments including the pace maker installation.

The cath-lab installed at RIMS is a new generation flat panel detector catherization laboratory, AXION dFC, which cost Rs 3.30crore. The equipment will enable the doctor to diagnose possible heart attacks at an early stage. The lab is beside the causality operation theatre (COT) of the RIMS and it has been installed by the Font System Private Limited.

The Liquid Oxygen Central Gas Pipeline System is an arrangement of supplying oxygen gas directly to the bed of patient from a liquid oxygen tank in the same manner as water is supplied from water reservoir to every tap of a house.

At RIMS, oxygen gas will be supplied to outlets near 1000 beds, operation theatre, intensive care unit, trauma centre and other places from a 10 kilo leter (KL) liquid oxygen tank passing through oxygen vapouriser and pipeline. A Haldia based company, Praxier, will supply liquid oxygen gas to the tank.

NSP Hospitech India Private Limted, a Delhi based company, has installed the system on the direction of Sciemed Overseas Inc, a Patna based company. The project involved an amount of Rs.4.5 crore.

The plant has been installed behind the kitchen of RIMS. It has all types of necessary arrangement to ensure regular supply of quality oxygen to the patients. There is main control panel to operate machines. There is a silent generator of 82.5kv to ensure regular supply of power to system.

Apart from this, 20 cylinders, each of 140 kg has been kept in reserve to ensure regular supply of oxygen. in case of any maintenance work in the system.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Clean chit for RIMS director

Ranchi, Sept. 10: The three-member probe committee constituted by the health department found RIMS director N.N. Agarwal non-guilty of driving a poor patient out of the hospital on September 3, sources said.

The committee, however, found Agarwal guilty of sending the patient to the Bariatu police station instead of making arrangements for his treatment.

There was no need of sending the patient to the police station (who was roaming on the premises listlessly). RIMS only had to inform the police about the patient. The rest of the inquiry could have been done without disturbing him — the probe committee observed.

The committee recorded the statement of eight persons, including the patient’s son Rajesh Oroan. The committee also found that the patient was missing from his house for the past six months.

Probe committee chairman V.K. Munda submitted his report to health secretary Pradeep Kumar. Official confirmation of the report is still awaited.

While Kumar refused to comment on the matter as he had not gone through the report yet, Munda said: “His work was just limited to submitting the report to the government and not sharing it with anyone.”

The probe committee comprising director-in-chief of health and family welfare department Jitendra Kumar, joint secretary V.K. Munda and deputy director Anjali Das was constituted last Saturday by Kumar.

The probe continued till Tuesday.

The probe was set up after a poor patient, who was allegedly driven out of RIMS by Agarwal on September 3, died on following day. It was the first time that a probe committee was set against the RIMS director.

Agarwal was also served a showcause notice by the health department secretary, who said a criminal case should be initiated against him for driving a patient out of the hospital.

The secretary also asked Agarwal to submit a copy of his postgraduate certificates and alleged him of financial irregularities.

Agarwal co-operated with the probe committee but refused to reply to the showcause notices of the health secretary challenging the latter’s authority to issue a showcause notice to a director of an autonomous body.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

RIMS students seek re-examination

Ranchi, Sept. 22: Results of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) paper of the fourth-year undergraduate course have caught the authorities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in a fix even as students sought re-examination.


Altogether 80 students of the 2004 batch have failed in the paper. The exams were held in June this year.


Head of PSM department, Shamim Haider, has approached the Ranchi University dean of faculty of medicine, S.N. Choudhary, for re-evaluation of the papers. Choudhary has forwarded the application to Ranchi University vice-chancellor, A.A. Khan, for the necessary action.


Haider informed this to The Telegraph today saying the step was taken two days ago when it was found that number of failures was more than 80 per cent in a particular paper.


“Despite the poor results in one paper, majority of our students have cleared their fourth-year exams. We noticed that 72 out of 90 students have obtained pass marks in aggregate in theory papers and have also cleared the PSM subject having two theory and one practical paper. However, we are worried about the impact of the poor show on the reputation of the institution. This kind of show is rare for our students. We have approached university authorities for re-evaluation or taking some other necessary step in this direction,” Haider said.


Choudhary, who also holds the chair of RIMS dean, supported the fact saying that the final decision will be taken by the vice-chancellor after a meeting of Ranchi University examination board. “This is a strange situation and nothing can be said in this matter right now,” he said.


Students of 2004 batch were found worried after getting the news. They were demanding re-examination as they felt that their copies had not been evaluated properly.


“It will be in the interest of students to hold a re-examination. There is already a precedence in favour of holding the exams again. In 2001, several students had failed in surgery paper and the university had asked them to sit in a fresh test. In our case, even those students who had obtained good marks in their previous examinations, have failed in the first paper of PSM. Such poor performance is never expected from us. Apparently, the examiner has evaluated answer sheets in a hurry,” a student of 2004 batch, who has passed his PSM theory paper with grace marks, said.


Examination controller of Ranchi University and a member of Ranchi University examination board, A.K. Mahto, however, said it would not be possible to arrange either re-examination or re-evaluation of papers without receiving a formal application from students.


“Under the university rules, a student is supposed to give application for re-evaluation if he or she is not satisfied with his marks. University can not doubt the intentions of those who evaluate answer sheets. We send paper for evaluation to secret destination after coding all the answer sheets,” Mahto said.


A fourth-year MBBS student has to appear in two papers of PSM other than one paper each of Eye (E) and Nose and Throat (NT). Each paper contains 100 marks. Each paper includes theory and practical. Students have to obtain 50 per cent marks in aggregated with 50 per cent marks in each theory paper and each practical paper to get through in the exam. Each theory paper of PSM carries 60 marks while theory paper of E and NT carry 40 marks each.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Ailing prisoners dumped to die at RIMS


Ranchi, Aug. 1: Do prisoners deserve to be left to die in a room of a government medical institute when they are ill? It seems true in the case of a 78-year-old prisoner who died today.



And he is not alone. Nurses and constables told The Telegraph that jail authorities “dump” prisoners at the medical institute once they are severely ill.



Shadeo Mahto, one of the seven prisoners undergoing treatment at the Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) died due to lack of proper care today. Another prisoner Patrick Kujur (48) is on the verge of dying.



Mahto, who was a murder convict serving a life-term and was referred to RIMS from the Dumka Jail on July 27, after jail authorities found him suffering from acute weakness and breathlessness. While Kujur, a convict in a forgery case, was referred to RIMS from the Lohardaga jail. The jail doctor admitted him when he realised it would be difficult to save the prisoner, who was suffering from acute breathlessness.



Kujur was first admitted to the prisoner’s ward on the ground floor of RIMS. When his condition deteriorated due to lack of proper care, he was shifted to the intensive critical care unit (ICCU) on the first floor of RIMS yesterday. He is now undergoing treatment in bed no. 10 of the institute but there is no one to take proper care of him.



Nurses admitted that the jail administration does not depute any staff to attend on ailing prisoners and leaves them on the mercy of the para medical staff at RIMS. Nurses said there are a limited para medical staff and it was difficult to do justice to all the patients.



If a patient, a nurse said, requires extra medicine, he is not administered the same due to inadequate money and manpower. A constable said that police officials are not expected to leave the hospital due to security reasons and are thus helpless in an emergency situation.



In fact, the prisoner ward at RIMS has become an ideal place where the jail administration dumps ailing prisoners and leaves them to die, a nurse pointed out.



RIMS director, N.N. Agarwal, also supported the fact and said the jail administration forgets about their prisoner once they are admitted to RIMS. “When a patient from a jail comes to our institute it becomes our responsibility to take care of them, which we do with the means available with us,” he said.



IG (prison), Sunil Kumar Burnwal, however, said the jail administration provides all help to the prisoners admitted at RIMS. “We are their (prisoners) guardian till they are in our custody,” he said adding that the jail superintendents make arrangements for extra medicine and other help a prisoner may need at RIMS.



But, a constable deputed on security duty said it was difficult to inform the jail administration about patients at RIMS in times of emergency. Sometimes the police spend money from their own pockets to purchase extra medicine on humanitarian grounds.



The constable said that the living condition of the prisoners’ ward was not up to the mark and they were not even given mosquito nets.
Source:ttp://www.telegraphindia.com

Ragging going in Full swing in RIMS Ranchi.

September 2008: 2008 batch MBBS students have joined and its now the fun time for 2006 batch MBBS students of RIMS Ranchi. For the poor freshers, now every day is a nightmare. They are taken out straight from class room and ragged brutely at the roof top of the Hostel. The freshers don't have to wear anything when ragging is going on - not even innerware. They are called at midnight and forced to go nude and roll on the ground filled with bushes. All these are happening just 100 m away from the residence of the Director and just 300 m away from the Polish station. Many parents have been informed by the the students but they fear, if they will complain , their ward will face difficulty.

RIMS director trashes charges

Ranchi, Sept. 5: Director of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), N.N. Agarwal challenged state health secretary Pradeep Kumar’s decision to serve a showcause notice to him.


Agarwal spoke to The Telegraph a day after the health secretary slapped a showcause notice on him for the death of a poor patient. The director was accused of driving the patient out of the RIMS premises.


The director said only the chairman of the RIMS governing body, who happens to be the state health minister, can issue a showcause notice. “The state health secretary only has the right to vote during elections of the RIMS governing body,” Agarwal said.


The director, however, added that he was ready to respond to the notice within the three-day deadline. He rubbished all the charges against him, and said he has always worked in RIMS’s interest.


Kumar, while issuing the showcause notice, also sought educational and other certificates from Agarwal for verification and asked him about the circumstances under which a lady doctor, Karuna Jha, was removed from the institute without prior approval from the state government.


Kumar has also charged Agarwal of withdrawing excess salary.


The director, to prove the authenticity of his postgraduate degree, presented a letter of Medical Council of India secretary A.R.N. Setalvad issued after the verification of his certificates in June this year.


To justify Jha’s removal from the institute, Agarwal said, the decision was taken after an approval from the RIMS governing body.


While reacting to the allegation of withdrawing of excess salary, Agarwal said, everything was being done under “service conditions”.


“The poor patient is being used as a ploy to target me. I have never been inhuman with any patient,” he said.


But the director admitted that he wanted to inform the police, as the patient was mentally incoherent and would roam on ground floor without permission.


“If I would have left the patient unattended, he would have fled from RIMS and then I would have been accused of poor security arrangement,” Agarwal said.


A poor patient, who was allegedly driven out of RIMS on Wednesday, died on Thursday.


The matter was communicated to health secretary Pradeep Kumar, who sent his officer on special duty, S.K. Chouhdary to conduct a probe. After the confirmation of fact, Kumar took strong exception to the incident and issued a showcause notice.


Agarwal said the entire development was a conspiracy against him. Kumar was not available for his comment.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Kiosk fails to help at RIMS


Ranchi, Aug. 18: The “May I Help You” desk and enquiry counters of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) needs to be strengthened as people from rural areas hardly understand the information given to them by the staff at the counters.



A short stay with the attendants coming with their patients from different parts of the state revealed the fact this morning. It was noticed that people from rural areas keep on wandering in different parts of the hospital even after taking help from the staff of these counters.



“A staff at an enquiry counter asked me to deposit the slip at a counter 10 steps away from the registration counter towards administrative building. But despite walking more than 10 steps in different directions, I am unable to locate the specified counter,” a patient’s attendant from Ramgarh, Mahadeo Oroan, told The Telegraph while searching the ultrasonography centre of the RIMS.



Similar was the reaction of the attendant of another patient from Hazaribagh. “It took me 15 minutes to search the place where a blood sample can be deposited for culture. Though I asked the staff of the counter, he could not explain me properly,” the attendant said.



Staff at the enquiry counters admitted the problem saying that it was difficult for them to explain everything to every one in limited time.



One of the employees said people from different educational and social backgrounds come with their varieties of queries.



“At times it is difficult for me to answer their queries. For, they start asking me about the whereabouts of the doctors, whom they only know by face,” the staff said, adding that there were only two employees to take care of thousands of attendants coming from different parts of the state.



Admitting the problem, RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad said that steps were being taken to improve the system.



“We will soon computerise the entire system to enable every staff of the RIMS to help patients and their attendants properly. Once the system starts functioning, people will be able to take help from any corner of the RIMS round the clock,” he said.



The enquiry counters have been established to make people aware of location of different centres and wards available at the institute. Other purposes of the counters are to guide people in searching the pathological centres and help them avail the facilities available at the super speciality centre in making. More than 200 people visit the counters every day to collect information.



RIMS, being a tertiary centre, invites referral cases in which patients are in serious condition. Every minute is crucial for such patients.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Ragging By Students of RIMS Ranchi during councelling of JECEB 2008

25th July 2008: It was the Councelling day of JCECEB for Medical Seats in Jharkhand and was taking place in Ranchi. It was a day of Great happiness for the senior students of RIMS (Rajendra Institute of Medical science), Ranchi. They were happy to show that they are seniors and the freshers will have to know some of the rules when they will be joining the Institute. In this group 2006 batch was taking the lead and very few were from 2007 batch. 2007 batch students were severely ragged by the the senior 2006 last year.



While the councelling was taking place , students were being called by the senior student and taken to lonely places and were being asked very absurd and idiotic questions to irritate the fresh students.They were taught rules what to do and not to do in the campus while ragging period.




Some of the rules were:




Don't make eye contact with seniors
Learn the name of all the senoirs and recognise them.
They will have to wear the dress as told by the seniors (all white with green socks and black shoes and green tie)
All the seniors must be called BOSS and Bend 90 degree forward to salute them
Source: http://raggingininstitutes.blogspot.com

Ragging in RIMS Ranchi During Admission of MBBS 2008 batch

It is a matter of great shame that all the states of India is taking serious action to Curb ragging but jharkhand is a state where there is no such action. As per the directive there should be a committee in each of the Institute to take care of the freshers but there no such committee in RIMS, Ranchi.


In this Institute ragging starts from the day of Admission(12th august 2008). On this day all the seniors ragged the freshers in front of the professors. This time 2007 batch the immediate seniors was forced by 2006 batch to ragg the freshers even if 2007 batch was not interested. They distributed the sweets to the freshers alongwith a sealed envelop.This envelop was having the list of clothes the freshers will have to wear when the class will start up to four months, normally called ragging period.


The students were being ragged in front of parents and professors neither parents raised the voice nor professors. When asked to parents they told that if he'll raise voice , their ward will suffer.


When asked to 2006 batch why ragging is taking place , they told that it is their tradition and no one can stop this neither the Director not the Police. If they will try to stop, they will shut down the hospital.

RIMS campus to get helipad soon

Ranchi, Aug. 5: The governing body of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today approved the proposal of constructing a helipad on the RIMS premises.


“The helipad will be constructed in the open ground and would help in carrying patient to and from the hospital in case of emergency,” said RIMS director N.N. Agarwal.


Agarwal said that the proposal was pending since the establishment of trauma centre in the institute to properly use the up-to-date facility available at RIMS to save the lives of people.


“The helipad will be linked with trauma centre and used at the time of emergency,” Agarwal said.


He, however, did not say anything about the deadline for its construction.


The governing body has also approved the appointment of 66 teachers selected held a few days back, he said.


Health secretary Pradeep Kumar said that the governing body decided to establish super speciality department in the institute. “After the assessment of requirement, procedure for creation of post would be initiated,” Kumar said.


Sources said that the governing body also decided to regularise the services of the people working on technical posts on contract basis for a long time.


“The governing body in the light of the guideline of Medical Council of India decided not to keep staffs on contract basis and regularise the services of those who are working for a long time,” sources close to health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi said.


The sources said that the institute would not appoint any consultant as decided earlier in the light of establishment of super speciality department.


RIMS provides free medical service and medicines to the poor patients. Developments in the field of surgery is evolving and taking the form of minimal access cosmetically sound (MACS) surgery.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Rat race wreaks havoc on RIMS - Pests feed on pills, gulp saline when thirsty

Ranchi, July 7: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is under siege. Rats have taken control of the state’s premier health institute this monsoon.


Sending a chill down the spines of patients admitted to the hospital, rats — big and small — are running riot across wards. Worse, they have taken over the medical store, gulping saline water to quench their thirst and in the process ruining medicines worth thousands of rupees.


An employee of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, an autonomous body established under an Act of the Jharkhand Assembly, said: “The rats enter the medicine store and drink saline water. They also damage medicines and medical documents.”


They use pipelines connected with the bathrooms at different floors of the institute to move around freely. The frequency of rat visits to wards has increased ever since their burroughs were waterlogged due to the onset of monsoons.


Doctors and nurses say they see rats of all sizes round the clock during their rounds of the institute. The sister in charge of the surgery ward complained that rats slipped into the broken cupboard and ate into packets of medicines and saline pouches.


They also tore apart some pillow covers and bedsheets. “Its becoming extremely difficult to save medicines from them,” she said.


Patients are equally disturbed. “They (rats) take away all the things I keep on the floor. They have fled with my soaps, breads and spoons,” said a relative of a patient admitted to the neuro-surgery ward.


Nasim-ul-Haq, a Palamau-based patient undergoing treatment at the tuberculosis and chest unit of the medical college hospital, said he noticed rats as big as rabbits.


“I never expected presence of such huge rats in a medical institute. I was frightened to see a huge one running under my bed two days ago,” the tuberculosis patient added.


Admitting the problem, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences superintendent I.B. Prasad said steps were being taken to arrest the rat menace.


“Rats have come in after their holes got flooded with rain water. We are taking steps to kill them using medicines. The problem will be sorted out soon,” he promised.


Prasad also said that the institute had floated a tender for installing an electronic machine meant for keeping rats away.


“The machine will be bought as soon as the tender is finalised,” he said.


REALITY BITES


SUNDAY SHOCK


Over 12 packets of saline water found bitten by rats



Shortage of saline causes problems for poor patients in surgery ward


MONDAY MEMO


An employee at burns ward shows the destroyed packets of saline to officials



Requests authorities to make arrangements to kill the rats
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

RIMS prescribes eviction for govt over-stayers

Ranchi, July 3: What does a hospital do when a senior police official, a director of a private security agency and two government employees hold on to accommodation meant for doctors? If it is the state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), it takes four years to diagnose the problem before initiating action to evict the “illegal” occupants.


RIMS deputy director and head of microbiology department L.B. Pandey, who is the competent authority in such matters, admitted the hospital had written to the government departments concerned and the police. But it’s obvious though that the hospital was doing so with some degree of trepidation.


“Most of the occupants were government servants and we haven’t received any complaints of misbehaviour against them from local residents,” clarified Pandey.


The over-stayers at the centre of a brewing controversy were Pithoria police station officer-in-charge Neeraj Pathak, director of G. Alert security agency (a private concern) Rajeev Ranjan, procurement officer of Jharkhand AIDS Control Society B.N. Pandey and deputy director (health services) Anjali Das.


RIMS sources said while Pathak occupied doctor’s quarters bearing number 70, Ranjan, Pandey and Das were staying at quarters no 38, 46 and 63 respectively.


Though the RIMS management claimed it had sent notices to the illegal occupants directing them to vacate the quarters, most of them vehemently rejected the “illegal occupant” tag, claiming they had been “allowed” to stay there either by the RIMS management or by a government department.


Police officer Pathak’s case seemed to be the strongest. RIMS sources agreed he was allowed to stay there when he was officer-in-charge of the Bariatu police station that’s been operating out of the hospital guesthouse on campus since the last 15 years.


“Former director of RIMS J. Prasad had allowed me to stay in the doctor’s quarters. I do not take a house rent of Rs 1,500 per month payable to me by government in lieu of the quarters. We also pay maintenance charges of Rs 180 per month,” he clarified.


“In that case, how can I be termed an ‘illegal occupant’?”


But RIMS’s contention, according to sources, was that he had been allowed to stay there as officer-in-charge of the Bariatu police station. But he stayed on even after being transferred as officer-in-charge of Pithoria police station.


Pathak didn’t buy the argument. “There is no illegal occupation on RIMS campus as those who are staying there were allowed to so by the former director or the state government’s building construction department,” he said.


Nevertheless, the deputy director seemed satisfied with their efforts to get the four of 70 staff quarters vacated. “We have written letters to the bosses of the government employees who have occupied the RIMS quarters,” he said.


“The police department has responded positively. Recently we received a letter from the senior police superintendent’s office informing us about the steps it had taken to have the quarters occupied by its officer vacated soon,” Pandey added.


On about the involvement of the building construction department in allotting quarters, he said it had no right do so. “The building construction department is authorised to maintain the RIMS quarters but not to allot any,” he added.


Building construction department special secretary A.P.Choudhary agreed with L.B. Pandey. “We do not allot RIMS quarters,” he said.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

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Ailing prisoners dumped to die at RIMS

Ranchi, Aug. 1: Do prisoners deserve to be left to die in a room of a government medical institute when they are ill? It seems true in the case of a 78-year-old prisoner who died today.


And he is not alone. Nurses and constables told The Telegraph that jail authorities “dump” prisoners at the medical institute once they are severely ill.


Shadeo Mahto, one of the seven prisoners undergoing treatment at the Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) died due to lack of proper care today. Another prisoner Patrick Kujur (48) is on the verge of dying.


Mahto, who was a murder convict serving a life-term and was referred to RIMS from the Dumka Jail on July 27, after jail authorities found him suffering from acute weakness and breathlessness. While Kujur, a convict in a forgery case, was referred to RIMS from the Lohardaga jail. The jail doctor admitted him when he realised it would be difficult to save the prisoner, who was suffering from acute breathlessness.


Kujur was first admitted to the prisoner’s ward on the ground floor of RIMS. When his condition deteriorated due to lack of proper care, he was shifted to the intensive critical care unit (ICCU) on the first floor of RIMS yesterday. He is now undergoing treatment in bed no. 10 of the institute but there is no one to take proper care of him.


Nurses admitted that the jail administration does not depute any staff to attend on ailing prisoners and leaves them on the mercy of the para medical staff at RIMS. Nurses said there are a limited para medical staff and it was difficult to do justice to all the patients.


If a patient, a nurse said, requires extra medicine, he is not administered the same due to inadequate money and manpower. A constable said that police officials are not expected to leave the hospital due to security reasons and are thus helpless in an emergency situation.


In fact, the prisoner ward at RIMS has become an ideal place where the jail administration dumps ailing prisoners and leaves them to die, a nurse pointed out.


RIMS director, N.N. Agarwal, also supported the fact and said the jail administration forgets about their prisoner once they are admitted to RIMS. “When a patient from a jail comes to our institute it becomes our responsibility to take care of them, which we do with the means available with us,” he said.


IG (prison), Sunil Kumar Burnwal, however, said the jail administration provides all help to the prisoners admitted at RIMS. “We are their (prisoners) guardian till they are in our custody,” he said adding that the jail superintendents make arrangements for extra medicine and other help a prisoner may need at RIMS.


But, a constable deputed on security duty said it was difficult to inform the jail administration about patients at RIMS in times of emergency. Sometimes the police spend money from their own pockets to purchase extra medicine on humanitarian grounds.


The constable said that the living condition of the prisoners’ ward was not up to the mark and they were not even given mosquito nets.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com/

Ragging By Students of RIMS Ranchi during councelling of JECEB 2008

25th July 2008: It was the Councelling day of JCECEB for Medical Seats in Jharkhand and was taking place in Ranchi. It was a day of Great happiness for the senior students of RIMS (Rajendra Institute of Medical science), Ranchi. They were happy to show that they are seniors and the freshers will have to know some of the rules when they will be joining the Institute. In this group 2006 batch was taking the lead and very few were from 2007 batch. 2007 batch students were severely ragged by the the senior 2006 last year.


While the councelling was taking place , students were being called by the senior student and taken to lonely places and were being asked very absurd and idiotic questions to irritate the fresh students.They were taught rules what to do and not to do in the campus while ragging period.


Some of the rules were:


Don't make eye contact with seniors
Learn the name of all the senoirs and recognise them.
They will have to wear the dress as told by the seniors (all white with green socks and black shoes and green tie)
All the seniors must be called BOSS and Bend 90 degree forward to salute them
Source: http://raggingininstitutes.blogspot.com

Hi-tech cardiac care at RIMS

Ranchi, July 29: Soon to become a super speciality centre, the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is on the development path.


It would install AXIOM Artis dFC, a new generation flat panel detector catheterisation laboratory, at a cost of Rs 3.3 crore.


RIMS director N.N. Agarwal said that it would be the first government-run hospital in the state to be equipped with the new instrument manufactured by Siemens, Germany.


The equipment would enable “cardiac imaging performance and an expansive range of diagnostic and interventional applications — from cardiac angiography to ECG-triggered fluoroscopy”.


A catheterisation laboratory or cath lab is facilitated with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterisation procedure. A catheter is inserted into a large artery and stents (mesh wire tube) can be inserted into the arteries via catheter to ease blood flow.


The cath lab will also have a heat exchanger, besides 15 other components equipped with a camera, to take images of the artery and help detect obstacles.


Font System Private Limited is in charge of installation of AXIOM Artis dFC beside the casualty operation theatre at RIMS.


To ensure that doctors and nurses are not affected by radiation, an 8mm wide lead plate, priced at Rs 2 lakh is being pasted on the doors and glasses. It has been brought from Italy. Experts will be able to observe the operation on cardiac patients on monitors. The company has also brought lead jackets and goggles for doctors and nurses who will use the AXIOM Artis dFC.


Deepak Kumar, the company engineer, said it had already reached the city and would be opened at 10 degrees Celsius. “We are using seven air-conditioners, each of 1.5 tonnes, to bring the temperature of installation site to 10 degrees Celsius. To ensure regular supply of power to the lab, we have provided a stabiliser of 150KVA and an UPA of 8KVA with a 30-minute back-up facility,” he said.


The new technology will improve image quality, reduce radiation and magnify the digital image. It would also facilitate three-dimensional image reconstruction for interventional cardiologists, who deal with blood vessels of the size of 2.5mm to 3mm, Kumar said.


RIMS sources said the AXIOM Artis dFC would help save Rs 1 crore every month which the state government spends on treating cardiac problems of those living below the poverty line (BPL).


After the installation of AXIOM Artis dFC, RIMS would start developing a cardiac operation theatre and a cardiac intensive care unit, said sources.

Important Link: JCECEB

  1. JCECEB: http://www.jharkhandonline.gov.in/top_links/jceceb/jceceb_index.asp
  2. JCECE Act: http://www.jharkhandonline.gov.in/top_links/jceceb/jceceb_exam_act.asp
  3. Reservation Policy: http://www.jharkhandonline.gov.in/top_links/jceceb/jceceb_exam_act.asp#
  4. Who is Local Resident ? : http://www.jharkhandonline.gov.in/top_links/jceceb/jceceb_exam_act.asp#
  5. Result cum Counselling of J.C.E.C.E. - 08
  6. Advertisement regarding B.Sc. Nursing (Basic & Post Basic) - 2008
  7. Application Form for B.Sc. Nursing (Baisc & Post Basic) - 2008

JCECE Act

THE BIHAR COMBINED ENTRANCE COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION ACT, 1995
AN ACT
Adopted by Govt. of Jharkhand vide it’s notification
(memo 374 Ranchi dt. 29 March 2001)


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To provide for Combined Competitive Examination for entrance in graduate level vocational courses of the Universities, College and Institutions in the State

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Bihar in the forty sixth year of the Republic of India as follows:



Short titled extent and commencement :
This act may be called the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Act, 1995.
It shall come into force from the date as the State Government by notification in the Bihar Gazette may appoint
It shall extend to the whole of the State of Bihar
Definitions:- In the Act unless otherwise required in the context :

“Act” means the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Act, 1995
“Department” means the department referred to in the first schedule of the Rules of Executives Business, Bihar , 1979
“Vocational Course” means a course in engineering, medical science, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science , agriculture science, fishery, dairy, forestry of the graduate standard and includes any other course of the same nature
“University college and institute” means any university , college and institute managed and maintained by the State Government
“Board” means the Bihar Combined Competitive Entrance Examination Board constituted under the Act
“Chairman means a chairman of the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board constituted under Act
“Controller of Examination“ means Controller of Examination appointed under the Act;
“Merit list” means a merit list prepared under the Act
“Entrance“ means entrance in vocational course of the Universities, Colleges and Institutes on the basic of merit-cum-option from the merit list
Admission in Vocational Courses :

Notwithstanding anything of the contrary contained in any decision, degree, order of any court or in any Act, rule of circular, the admission in the 1 st year of the graduate standard of Engineering, Medical Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary science, Agriculture Science, Fishers, Dairy, Forestry and other courses of same nature shall be made on the basis of the Combined Entrance Competitive Examination
Nomination for the admission in the Universities, College and Institutes within the state and outside the state. Where such nomination is required to be made by the state Government, shall be made on the basis of the r Combined Entrance Competitive Examination

RIMS prescribes eviction for govt over-stayers

Ranchi, July 3: What does a hospital do when a senior police official, a director of a private security agency and two government employees hold on to accommodation meant for doctors? If it is the state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), it takes four years to diagnose the problem before initiating action to evict the “illegal” occupants.

RIMS deputy director and head of microbiology department L.B. Pandey, who is the competent authority in such matters, admitted the hospital had written to the government departments concerned and the police. But it’s obvious though that the hospital was doing so with some degree of trepidation.

“Most of the occupants were government servants and we haven’t received any complaints of misbehaviour against them from local residents,” clarified Pandey.

The over-stayers at the centre of a brewing controversy were Pithoria police station officer-in-charge Neeraj Pathak, director of G. Alert security agency (a private concern) Rajeev Ranjan, procurement officer of Jharkhand AIDS Control Society B.N. Pandey and deputy director (health services) Anjali Das.

RIMS sources said while Pathak occupied doctor’s quarters bearing number 70, Ranjan, Pandey and Das were staying at quarters no 38, 46 and 63 respectively.

Though the RIMS management claimed it had sent notices to the illegal occupants directing them to vacate the quarters, most of them vehemently rejected the “illegal occupant” tag, claiming they had been “allowed” to stay there either by the RIMS management or by a government department.

Police officer Pathak’s case seemed to be the strongest. RIMS sources agreed he was allowed to stay there when he was officer-in-charge of the Bariatu police station that’s been operating out of the hospital guesthouse on campus since the last 15 years.

“Former director of RIMS J. Prasad had allowed me to stay in the doctor’s quarters. I do not take a house rent of Rs 1,500 per month payable to me by government in lieu of the quarters. We also pay maintenance charges of Rs 180 per month,” he clarified.

“In that case, how can I be termed an ‘illegal occupant’?”

But RIMS’s contention, according to sources, was that he had been allowed to stay there as officer-in-charge of the Bariatu police station. But he stayed on even after being transferred as officer-in-charge of Pithoria police station.

Pathak didn’t buy the argument. “There is no illegal occupation on RIMS campus as those who are staying there were allowed to so by the former director or the state government’s building construction department,” he said.

Nevertheless, the deputy director seemed satisfied with their efforts to get the four of 70 staff quarters vacated. “We have written letters to the bosses of the government employees who have occupied the RIMS quarters,” he said.

“The police department has responded positively. Recently we received a letter from the senior police superintendent’s office informing us about the steps it had taken to have the quarters occupied by its officer vacated soon,” Pandey added.

On about the involvement of the building construction department in allotting quarters, he said it had no right do so. “The building construction department is authorised to maintain the RIMS quarters but not to allot any,” he added.

Building construction department special secretary A.P.Choudhary agreed with L.B. Pandey. “We do not allot RIMS quarters,” he said.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

Junior docs protest mall on RIMS campus


Ranchi, June 16: A cloud of uncertainty looms large over the shopping complex proposed to be constructed at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).


The Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) lodged a protest against its construction before RIMS director N.N. Agarwal.


The director has forwarded the letter to state health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi.


JDA president Jitendra Singh Munda said the protest was lodged anticipating law and order problems on the RIMS campus after the shopping complex was constructed.


“We anticipated security problems on the RIMS campus after the construction of the shopping complex. We anticipated problems to nurses, students and lady doctors who perform their duties at night. We also anticipated the negative impact on the academic atmosphere of RIMS due to presence of anti-social elements and eve-teasers in the shopping complex,” Munda added.


Agarwal refused to comment on the issue, as he believed he was not associated with the construction of the shopping complex. “Only the health minister can respond on the matter. I am not concerned with it,” he said.


The health minister had no information about the proposal till today evening. He, however, gave a clear indication about his reaction when he would get a copy of the receipt letter. “The JDA has no right to interfere in administrative matters. Will the JDA pay the RIMS staff? How can an autonomous body run without generating its own source of income,” Sahi said.


The health minister happens to be the chairperson of the RIMS governing body.


The two-storeyed shopping complex would be constructed beside the RIMS playground, beside NH-33, that lies vacant.


The shopping complex would house 265 shops and provide parking facilities. The RIMS management has planned to make it attractive by using lights. Landscaping, gardening and installation of fountains are also on the cards.


Advertisements have already been published in local newspapers and over 200 applications have been received. Last date for submitting applications ended yesterday. Forms were priced at Rs 5,000.
Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com

Contract docs back to work- Govt nod with rider to medicos’ demand

Ranchi, June 16, 2008: Contractual doctors today called off their agitation after health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi laid down a few conditions for regularising their service even as the medicos promised not to go on strike again.


The decision to call off the agitation came after the doctors met Sahi and discussed their problems in an hour-long meeting.


“We decided to call off our agitation because most of our demands have been fulfilled,” said Bimlesh Singh, the president of Jharkhand Contractual Doctors’ Association (JCDA).


Regarding regularisation of services — the primary demand of the doctors — the minister said the government would explore the possibility of selecting contract doctors only through interviews if the number of applicants for vacancies were less than three times the vacancies.


The government would also consider Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) rules before permitting such selection.


Contract doctors who fail to get through the public service commission interview can continue to work as per their contract until 60 — the age to superannuate from government jobs, Singh said. The doctors would get benefits such as provident fund and gratuity while women doctors would get maternity leave according to labour laws.


The doctors had wanted the government to appoint them on a regular basis by conducting interviews without having to go through the JPSC exams.


“We have submitted the Himachal Pradesh model to the state government, where all contract doctors were absorbed without any age bar. The minister promised us he would consider the Himachal model,” he added.


Sahi said: “We have agreed to allow doctors who have crossed the maximum age limit fixed by JPSC to work till the age of retirement. In the next round of appointments through JPSC, we will see if appointments through viva-voce alone can be done.”


Earlier, the state government announced 1,070 vacancies for doctors would be filled through JPSC. Now, if the number of applicants was less than 3,021, the state government would ask the JPSC if the vacancies could be filled through interviews alone, instead of the written test-cum-interview.


The health minister told The Telegraph, “The crisis began because contract doctors wanted to stop the JPSC examination for appointing 1,070 doctors.”


The agreement between JCDA and the state government also stipulated the re-employment of contract doctors who were dismissed for taking part in the strike.


The doctors’ dismissal would be revoked with effect from the midnight of May 31 — the government’s deadline for them to join work.


Sahi also agreed to pay salaries to the doctors for the period they were on strike. However, the payment would depend on service rules, which means adjustment of casual leave against the strike period — May 25 to June 16.


The contract doctors, on their part, had to sign an undertaking that they would not go on strike again.
Source:http://www.telegraphindia.com

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