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Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) defers MCI inspection, PG courses to remain unrecognized

RANCHI: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here may be one of the premiere institutions of the country but as far as PG courses are  concerned many of them have never been recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) since its inception. This year PG students of anaesthesia and paediatrics departments were hopeful that their courses would get recognition after RIMS director N N Agarwal shot off letters to the medical council in March inviting an MCI team for inspection.

Much to the surprise of the students, however, the inspection was deferred once again by RIMS administration without citing any valid reason. Agarwal told TOI that unless the situation was favourable there was no point calling the inspectors.

"There are certain shortfalls in the departments in terms of strength of human resource and unless appointments are made, calling the MCI team will be of no use," he said adding that there is no time schedule fixed for fulfilling the shortfalls.

While the post-graduate degree in paediatrics is recognised, diploma in child health under the same department is not. Students argue that when degree course of the department is recognised it is sheer negligence on the part of the RIMS administration for failing to get the diploma course recognized. PG course in anaesthesia has also not been recognised.

One student said several batches have passed out and obtained degrees from Ranchi University but they have simply decided against taking MCI registration.

"MCI registration is required only when a doctor seeks employment in good medical college or government firm, while most doctors prefer private job and ignore even MCI registration," he said.

Due to strict MCI norms this year, the RIMS moved an application to invite MCI inspectors and get some of the courses recognised. Responding to the requisition, the MCI appointed Ranjana Chatterjee of RK Kar Medical college, Kolkata as inspector for the paediatrics department and communicated the matter to RIMS in first week of May.

Despite publication of advertisement for appointment of teachers in the department, it was cancelled by RIMS administration for reasons best known to it.

Subsequently, the clinical viva examination of students was delayed by two months by RIMS administration and students were convinced that examination would be conducted when the MCI inspectors visit is confirmed.

Later when appointments were not possible, the RIMS administration decided to defer the visit of the MCI team and students were directed to appear in examination (clinical and viva) on July 29 and 30 for which an undertaking has also been taken from the students.

"We were asked to sign a paper expressing our willingness to appear in clinical examination whereas we agreed to wait only when MCI inspection for recognition of the course was assured," said another student. Source:Timesofindia

College girl dies after park drink

Ranchi, July 28: A second-year arts student of Ranchi College died under mysterious circumstances after consuming a soft drink at Rock Garden while her friend is still fighting for life.

Seema Singh Yadav (24) and friend Kavita Kumari (22) were both admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after they vomited several times at the park around 1pm today. Seema died at the hospital while Kavita is still critical.

The management of Rock Garden and officials of Gonda police station admitted the incident took place this afternoon. But city superintendent of police A. Vijayalaxmi refused to comment saying that she was yet to collect statements on the matter.

Doctors at RIMS believe it to be a case of poisoning. "But we cannot be sure of anything unless we carry out the post-mortem," said chief medical officer of RIMS, Umesh Prasad.

Family sources said that Seema and Kavita had started from their homes in Chiraundi village of Morhabadi area around 11am. They told their families that they were going to attend computer classes at Panchwati Plaza. But instead of going to their classes, they went to Rock Garden and had some soft drinks there.

"After they took soft drink from a stall at Rock Garden, they felt uneasy and began vomiting," a visitor at Rock Garden said requesting anonymity.

Manager of Rock Garden, Ramadhir Singh, denied having any information on the consumption of soft drinks in this incident. "The girls were seen vomiting and were taken to the hospital. We did not notice any soft drinks around them. I do not even have any information on sale of poisonous soft drinks at our garden stall. If it had been so, more people would have suffered," he said.

Singh said that Seema was a permanent resident of Dhanbad. "When we found the girls unconscious, we called her residence from one her cell phone. Her sister in Dhanbad had received the call," he said.

Family sources said Seema was married to Pappu Singh Yadav, who worked as a daily wage earner in the science and technology department at Nepal House this April. Seema's mother Pushpa Devi also worked at the industry department at Nepal House, family sources said.

Kavita, who is undergoing treatment, is the daughter of a retired Ranchi University employee. Source:telegraphindia

RIMS to break agency monopoly - Cleaning Drive Started

Ranchi, July 21: Having learnt a lesson from the ongoing strike by cleaning staff over wage issue, the governing body of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today decided to hire sweepers from two or more agencies to check the monopoly of a single union.

Meanwhile, the hospital today hired daily wage earners to clean up the premises.

Over 175 contractual labourers have been on a strike at RIMS since Saturday, demanding a hike in their wages from Rs 92 to Rs 124 per day. But the contractor, under whom they are working at RIMS, is not ready to pay more than Rs 99 in a day.

In the absence of sweepers, biomedical waste continued to pile up at all the wards, making it difficult for patients to stay at the hospital.

In another development, the RIMS authorities sanctioned posts of several paramedical staff and nurses, besides setting up a five-member committee to regularise the services of nurses working on a contractual basis, as well as operation theatre staff.

The governing body also decided to set up a committee for the appointment of a new director. The tenure of the present director, N.N. Aggarwal, will expire on August 15.

A governing body member, Ghanshyam Das, confirmed the news but refused to furnish further details.Source:telegraphindia.com

RIMS campus turns into garbage dump

RANCHI: Tara Devi, who is undergoing treatment at Rajendra Institute of medical Sciences (RIMS), is keen to return home despite the fact that she is 
yet to recover. Reason: she simply can't stand the abominable stench emanating from the garbage heaps on RIMS campus and the generally unhygienic condition which prevails there.

"I'm unable to bear the stink and garbage around me at RIMS. Instead of getting well, I fear I'll be infected by some new disease," she said.

Tara Devi is not the only one complaining. Many other patients like her want to return home to get away from the filth and grime that prevails at the state's premiere hospital due to the ongoing staff strike.

Be it the toilets, corridors or even intensive care units (ICUs), all are in equally pathetic condition.

Aware of the problems faced by patients, attendants and even hospital medical staff, the RIMS authorities callously say that cleaning responsibility has already been outsourced and it is upto the contractor to ensure that everything moves in the right direction.

The problem cropped up after some 125 contract cleaning staff working for a private firm Krishna Construction resorted to strike demanding payment on the par with recommendations of the labour commissioner.

RIMS management has outsourced the cleaning job to the private firm at a rate of Rs 72 lakh per year. The firm has engaged workforce of 125 labourers for the task and till date has been paying at the rate of Rs 92 per worker per day.

After a recent directive of the labour office, the contract cleaning workers raised their voice demanding increase in their daily wages to the tune of Rs 124 per day per head whereas the contractor is ready to increase the old rate by just Rs 7 and pay them daily wage of Rs 99.

The managing partner of Krishna Constructions, who owns the year-long contract, said they were not in a position to increase payment beyond Rs 99 per day per head.

"Workers are aware that they are working on contract and they are guided by the contract that we have signed with RIMS administration. Any change in wages will directly affect the business because the contract amount is not subject to revision before expiry of contract period," he said adding that still the firm offered to hike the daily wages slightly.

On his part, RIMS director-cum-chief executive N N Agarwal said since the cleaning job had been outsourced to a private agency the hospital had no role to play.

"Our job is limited to hiring service and, thereafter, in case any problem s it becomes responsibility of the agency to sort it out," he said adding that the charges that hospital is paying to the contractor was fixed through a proper agreement.

Admitting that the standard of cleanliness is not upto the mark, Agarwal said it may have an adverse affect during the renewal of contract.

"At present it has to be managed by the contractors," he said. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Plan to open medical college in Hazaribag

HAZARIBAG: Plans are afoot to establish a medical college and hospital under Vinoba Bhave University (VBU). A decision to this effect was taken at a 
high-level meeting attended by VBU vice chancellor Arvind Kumar, leading doctors and residents of the town, noted educationists and the vice-chairman of the Hazaribag Municipal Corporation here on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, the VBU VC said that he mooted the idea after taking into consideration the sincere efforts of the state government towards providing financial assistance and necessary facilities to VBU to introduce engineering and management courses from the current academic session.

The VC said that the state's first dental college-cum-research centre, which is affiliated to VBU, is already functioning for the last few years. An OPD centre has also come up on the university premises under the guidance of Dr Rajat Chakrabortee.

Kumar said that the OPD centre would be upgraded with a 100-bed hospital. He said that the medical college at Hazaribag would be known as University College of Medical Sciences.

The meeting also deliberated on the ideal site for the medical college. It was of the view that over 100 acres of land belonging to the Calcutta Pinjrapole Society on the eastern part of the Hazaribag town would prove to be an ideal site for the medical college.

Secretary of the local unit of the Calcutta Pinjrapole Society Dhan Kumar Jain suggested that a delegation headed by the vice chancellor should meet the director of the Pinjrapole Society and impress upon him the need to donate the land to VBU to open the much-needed medical college at Hazaribag.

The VC said that he would approach the state government and the leading industrial houses in Jharkhand and seek fund to give shape to the idea.

Dr M K Singh of VBU and Dr Rajat Chakrabortee have been appointed co-ordinator and joint co-ordinator, respectively, of a 10-member committee constituted to work out the details of the proposed medical college. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Rate hiccups for rabies vaccine at MGM College.

Jamshedpur, July 16: While stray attacks continue to give citizens nervous nights, anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) remain off the shelves at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

With the purchase wing of the state health department yet to approve the price of the vaccine, the hospital administration is helpless and can't treat dog bite victims. The hospital authorities have now sought a bailout from the district civil surgeon.

The stock of anti-rabies vaccine exhausted at the hospital several months ago. A proposal for acquiring fresh stock is lying pending with the health department for the necessary price approval. Hence, the hospital administration is not able to float tenders. "We have adequate stock of other medicines except for ARV. A requisition has been sent but nothing has materialised yet. We have asked the district civil surgeon office to supply some stock and are also referring dog bite victims to the him," sources in the hospital said.

But there is no surety of getting a dose at the district civil surgeon's office. Several times, victims are again referred to public health centres or are asked to seek help from social organisations.

With incidents of dog bites on the rise, demand for ARV has shot up. Poor victims have no option but to rush to MGM Hospital while others are forced to buy the vaccine from the market. "The poor cannot afford to buy ARV. A single vial of ARV costs about Rs 300-350. If we had supply, we could provide it for free," a doctor at the MGM Hospital said. Depending on the situation, about five or more vaccines are needed for one victim.

MGM Hospital superintendent A.N. Mishra said they were hoping for a solution soon. "We are facing other problems relating to stock as well. But we have no ARV at our disposal," he added.

Hospital authorities blamed civil bodies for not controlling the street dog menace.

Over 10 persons have fallen victim to dog bites recently. Three among them lived in the vicinity of Tatanagar railway station. An aged women of Azadnagar in Mango died after a street dog attack last week.Source:telegraphindia.com

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