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VC cracks neuro puzzle

Ranchi, April 25, 2009: Ranchi University vice-chancellor A.A. Khan, also a physicist, argued that physics has strong links with neuroscience, since the brain functions like a computer.

Addressing a gathering of neuroscientists at RIMS today, Khan said that the relationship between physics and neuroscience was the need of the hour. And, eminent neuroscientists admitted that they had never thought about the issue.

Khan argued that if the brain functioned like a computer, the nerves ought to have similarities with computer hardware. He added that several complicated problems of neuroscience could be solved if links between the two fields were found.He said the usual notion that physics has no relationship with neuroscience was wrong and neuroscientists have to begin to study the relationship.

"The neurons of a brain function just as a computer does. So, several neuro-related problems could be solved if the systems in a brain are understood vis-à-vis the systems in a computer," Khan added.

"There had been no thinking in this line earlier. But this new line of thinking has the potential to enrich neuroscience," said Dr Chandra Hansh Prasad, a participant.

The meet of Association of Neuroscientists of eastern India saw over 200 neuroscientists and doctors, many of them teachers in medical colleges, get together. The association now has 224 members.

RIMS director N.N. Agarwal, however, said they were yet to get the latest technology and equipment in the field of neuroscience.

Choosing Apollo over RIMS

- Police admit jawans injured in blasts to private hospital

Ranchi, April 21: The state may hail Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi, as one of its best hospitals, but when it comes to treating its security personnel, the choice is Apollo Hospital, a private healthcare centre.

There had been three cases this month that show that the police administration used RIMS as a post-mortem centre while sending the jawans, injured in Maoist blasts in Latehar, to Apollo for treatment.

From April 15 to 17, bodies of seven security personnel of both CRPF and BSF were sent for post-mortem examination at RIMS while all the 22 injured jawans were treated at the private hospital.

Similarly, the jawans, who were injured in a Maoist ambush at Jalko forests of Khunti district under Arki police station on April 11, were admitted to Apollo.

Though the purpose was to ensure first-class care, the fact remains that the government had to spend lakhs for the treatment that would have been free at RIMS. Moreover, the move does not augur well for the image of RIMS, raising doubts over the state-run hospital's capability to treat critical cases.

However, deputy secretary of home department Sadanand Sahay said: "It is not the decision of the home department. It had not directed the police to send the injured to the private hospital."

When asked about the treatment expenses of the jawans, public relation officer of Apollo Hospital Javed Akhtar said: "So far, we have spent Rs 5.5 lakh out of which, we have received Rs 2 lakh from the Latehar police superintendent.

Akhtar said that not only police administration, other government departments also prefer the service of Apollo. "We have treated several IAS officers, MLAs and other government servants. The state is yet to pay us outstanding medical bills of approximately Rs 25 lakh," he added.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal refused to comment on the matter. But he claimed that RIMS was well equipped to treat the injured jawans. "We have tackled several cases of bullet injuries and are improving our services. We have a trauma centre and several other facilities," he said.Source:telegraphindia.com

Biz lessons for doctors

Jamshedpur, April 13: Medical qualification and serving patients are not all for doctors here. For, the state now wants them to be proficient in management skills too.

Doctors of various disciplines of state hospitals have started taking management lessons at the Xavier Institute of Tribal Education (XITE), Gamharia, a couple of days ago.

"This is an initiative by the state health department to make the doctors fully equipped with the management skills so that they can handle the hospitals, especially managing the administration. The idea is to upgrade their managerial skills," said Father P.D. Thomas, director of the institute.

"The purpose is to make sure that every doctor knows how to successfully run their hospitals," added Thomas.

About 30 doctors from across the state are participating in the six-day training programme to learn the best human resource practices. Team-building, team work, accounting, dealing with legal problems, waste disposal management, communication among others are some of the sessions that the doctors are going through at the institute.

Key officials of XITE, XLRI and Tinplate Company of India Ltd have become the resource persons for the doctors for the week-long programme.

The institute further plans to take up batches every month for the residential programme. Initially, it is designed for doctors at government hospitals. Source:telegraphindia.com

Hospital to offer medical courses

Ranchi, April 9: Soon Abdur Razzaque Ansari Memorial Weavers' Hospital will become a knowledge hub.

The Apollo Group hospital at Irba is all set to offer various paramedical courses from July this year.

Named Shine — Abdur Razzaque Ansari Institute of Health Education and Research, the centre will start with diploma courses in medical laboratory, cardiac instrumentation, ECG, X-ray, opthalmic technology, medi-cal instrumentation, physiotherapy, dental, pharmacy as well as auxiliary nursing midwifery and general nursing midwifery.

The degree courses that will be offered at the institute include bachelor of psychotherapy, medical laboratory, radiology imaging services, nursing, pharmacy, clinical nutrition and dietetics. Master-level courses to be offered are two-year PG diploma in management and hospital management.

Coming up on 15 acres behind the hospital, the institute has been established at the cost of Rs 5 crore. A nationalised bank of the locality is extending financial assistance for the institute.

Institute director V.P. Sharan said the education hub is affiliated to All India Council of Technical Education and candidates will be selected based on a combined entrance examination to be conducted by state. "We suppose that the institute will stop migration of students to other states," said Sharan.

The chairman of Abdur Razzaque Memorial Welfare Society, Manzoor Ahmed Ansari, said they were also planning to start courses in dental sciences as well as MBBS. Source:telegraphindia.com

EC okays new pay package for Grade III, IV RIMS staff

RANCHI: The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday granted its nod for extension of the sixth Pay Commission recommendations to the Grade III &
IV employees of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS ).

The state government had withheld the payment of their enhanced salary and arrears in view of the model code of conduct that is in effect in the state.

In wake of the development, RIMS employees are expected to call off their ongoing strike. However, the junior doctors would stage dharna to protest omission of their names from the list of beneficiaries. The call for agitation was given by the RIMS Junior Doctors Association (JDA) to protest the anomaly.

A JDA member, Kundan, regretted that the junior doctors had been sidelined when it came to extending the pay revision benefits to them. During previous agitation, RIMS authorities had agreed to implement the residency scheme in the college in favour of the junior doctors.

"Under the residency scheme, pay revision is automatically implemented in favour of government doctors. It is strange that the names of PG doctors have not been included in the list of sixth Pay Commission beneficiaries," he said. The JDA has decided to sit on dharna before the director's office from 10 in the morning. Furthermore, it has threatened to intensify its stir in case the matter is not pursued by the RIMS management in the right earnest. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

RIMS ceasework over pay

Ranchi, April 8: The registration of patients at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Ranchi, dropped from the figure of 50 per day to 18 today, as more than 500 grade III and IV employees stayed away from work.

The protest against non-payment of arrears since January 2007 that accrued after the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report entered its third consecutive day today.

None of the technicians deputed to take X-Ray photographs, provide blood from blood banks and carry out investigation reported for duty.

"My patient is suffering from some stomach problem and is admitted at the Dr N.K. Jha unit. The doctor has asked us to make arrangement of blood for her operation. But we could not arrange it as the blood bank of RIMS is closed. I am running from pillar to post with a donor, but there is no one to collect his blood. Please help me," Chinmaya Chandra, a resident of Jhalda, was heard requesting RIMS deputy superintendent A.K. Singh. Singh expressed his inability to do much in the absence of nurses and technicians.

Similar was the condition of Mahendra Prasad Yadav, who came from Giridih. "Doctors have advised a test to my patient, who has sustained an injury on his stomach, but there is no one to carry out the test," Yadav said.

A RIMS doctor said the agitation had badly affected outdoor services at the hospital. "We examine more than 500 patients every day at outdoor, but no one turned up today, as there was no employee to give slips to the patients. Hundreds of patients returned without getting any medical advice," the doctor added.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad said: "Arrears of all the employees have reached the bank. But it could not be disbursed because the model code of conduct for elections is in place."

President of Trained Nurses' Association Kishori Rani, however, said: "Why should we be deprived of our arrears when all state employees have got their dues," she said. Source:www.telegraphindia.com

RIMS Director kept as hostage for nine hours

Ranchi : April 07, 2009:   The Director of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science & Hospital, Dr N N Aggarwal, was kept as a hostage in his own office for some nine hours on Tuesday by the employees of the Institute. They were protesting against the suspension of the arrears payment as per the sixth pay commission.source:Ranchiexpress

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