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Surprise Visit of Governor at RIMS

Ranchi, Sept. 14: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the state capital today failed to pass the governor's surprise visit test.

K. Sankaranarayanan, who dropped into the hospital unannounced at 9.30am, was shocked by the dirt and squalor around him. Advisers G. Krishnan and Wilfred Lakra, principal secretary Suhdir Tripathi and health secretary Sukhdev Singh accompanied him. RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal was also present during the inspection.

Upset with the stinking emergency ward, Sankaranarayanan asked the RIMS management to construct night shelters for the relatives of patients. He was also appalled to see the dirty space on the ground floor of the institute that is provided to the patients' attendants to cook food.

The governor also directed the authorities to start its cardiac unit immediately to provide benefit of cath lab to poor and helpless patients, who flock into the hospital from all corners of the state.

Sankaranarayanan stayed in the hospital for about 40 minutes, during which he visited central emergency, outdoor unit, trauma centre and blood banks. He met hyena bite victims in the isolation ward of the institute and enquired about the facilities being provided to the patients.

He took the opportunity to stress on the importance of punctuality, urging the doctors to be present on time and called for further improvement of the services being provided by the hospital.

Meanwhile, a resident of Giridih, Birendra Kumar Gupta, submitted a written complaint to the governor, accusing RIMS doctors of not providing proper care to his pregnant sister-in-law.

Meanwhile, Sankaranarayanan met a delegation of Junior Doctors' Association of MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, at Project Bhavan secretariat. The delegation complained about lack of teachers and basic infrastructure in the institute.

He took serious note of the fact that there are only eight professors, 30 assistant professor, 47 tutors and 43 residents in the institute against the sanctioned strength of 117, 154, 50 and 97, respectively.

After lending a patient ear to their problems, the governor assured the doctors that necessary action would be taken soon. Source:The Telegraph India

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