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Jamshedpur, Dec. 30: The 400-bed government-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital has four ambulances at its disposal, but only Rs 1,000 for a year's supply of fuel to run them.

Yesterday, when a seriously ill Sabar tribal woman was referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi by the MGM doctors, it was left to trade union leader Rakeshwar Pandey to pay Rs 1,500 out of his own pocket to buy fuel for the ambulance that ferried the cardiac patient to the capital.

Last month, a 50-year-old was admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital with grievous abdominal injures after being hit by an arrow.

The tribal patient from a remote Ghatshila village was referred to RIMS for surgery. Despite his deteriorating condition, the man was left writhing in pain for hours as none of the ambulances parked in the hospital premises had enough fuel to reach him to Ranchi.

As a senior medical officer on duty expressed his inability to help, it took the intervention of senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar Jha to refuel the ambulance and rush the patient to Ranchi.

Instances of patients suffering due to lack of ambulances at MGM Medical College and Hospital are many, though the hospital has four ambulances, including one equipped with sophisticated equipment to ferry cardiac patients over long distances.

According to hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad, the crisis is due to non-allocation of funds for fuel.

"We have only been given Rs 1,000 as fuel cost for the ambulances for the current financial year, which is not enough to run the service even for a week," he said.

Prasad said after taking charge last year, he had written a number of times to the department of health for more funds to run the ambulance service, but to no avail.

"Every month, at least 10 patients are referred to RIMS. As we don't have money for fuel, we have to either accept donations from outsiders or force the poor patients to arrange the necessary expense," said Prasad.

He added that delay in sending patients for urgent treatment could result in deaths.

When contacted, joint secretary in the health department Dudheswar Prasad could not say why such a paltry sum had been kept aside for ambulance fuel in such a big hospital, nor could he recollect how much funds had been allotted to RIMS for the purpose.

"I will be able to throw light on the matter only after checking the documents," he said.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande refused to believe that only Rs 1,000 had been allotted as fuel cost for a year.

However, she said she would comment after checking the facts for herself.source-telegraphindia.com

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MGM cell to halt dengue march

Jamshedpur, Nov. 1: With dengue stalking the steel city like never before, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital has planned to set up a special cell — equipped with lab and telemedicine facilities — to deal with the killer disease as well as cases of cerebral malaria.

S.S. Prasad, the superintendent of the government hospital, revealed that a team of three doctors would undergo a special training on vector-borne diseases, to be conducted by the Union health ministry in New Delhi in phases from mid-December, for the purpose.

Prasad, who is also the head of pathology at MGM, said the doctors would be selected from the departments of medicine, microbiology and paediatrics very soon.

"The special training will be given under the National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme. The team will learn how to control spread of diseases," he said, adding that the focus would be on dengue.

The disease has taken almost epidemic proportions in this part of the state, prompting the central training invite to the state health department.

In 2005, only three cases of dengue were reported from the steel city and the disease remained confined to Jugsalai. The following years, too, saw few number of dengue victims. This year, however, the disease has already claimed three lives, including that of a doctor.

As many as 384 cases of suspected dengue have been reported from various parts of the city and its adjoining areas in the past two months. The victims were admitted to different hospitals and private nursing homes, from where many were also released after treatment.

The MGM superintendent said once the doctors returned from training, the separate cell for dengue and malaria would be set up. "The cell will be headed by one of the three doctors, and be equipped with adequate number of nurses, ward boys, a lab and a telemedicine centre."

The state health department is also believed to have asked Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, to recommend doctors for the training.

However, Dhanbad civil surgeon Kameshwar Prasad and RIMS director A.K. Mahto said they hadn't yet received any such communication from the health department.source-telegraphindia.com

(RIMS) may be gearing up to earn a super-speciality medical centre tag,

Ranchi, Nov. 4: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) may be gearing up to earn a super-speciality medical centre tag, but even the most basic infrastructure like elevators are lying defunct in the hospital that caters to roughly 3,000 patients daily.

Eight of the 11 elevators at the premier hospital don't work, forcing patients, doctors, nurses, medical students and attendants to scramble for place in the remaining three.

While elevator no. 1 near the director's chamber is almost exclusively used by medical students, numbers 7 and 8 are open to all.

And the strain on the two working elevators is showing. On Thursday afternoon, a visitor from Simdega and another from Gumla got stuck in the lift while heading down from the fourth floor maternity ward. A security guard rushed to help, but could do little else than console the two as the elevator attendant was missing. The attendant could be traced only after 15 minutes and the elevator restarted.

"I had heard about these problems in RIMS, and today I experienced it. Next time, I will take the stairs," said Laxmi Devi, who had come to visit her sister admitted in the hospital.

Just minutes before the lift got stuck, Latehar resident Raj Kumar had walked out of it, unable to go to the fourth floor, as the number indicating the floor had disappeared from the panel with repeated use.

According to a security guard at the hospital, the elevators have been lying defunct for months. "Except elevator number 2, which stopped working last month, the rest have been out of order for at least six months," he said.

He alleged that the problems started after the annual maintenance contract for the elevators expired in April.

RIMS superintendent M.K. Rai admitted the problem and said Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), which is supposed to maintain the elevators, has been informed. He added that the elevators would start working soon, though he refused to give a timeframe.

When contacted, JSEB executive engineer S. Minz said maintenance work was going on and would be completed soon. However, another visit to the hospital showed no work was being carried out on any of the defunct machines.

Nursing superintendent of RIMS H. Dadel expressed concern over the delay in repairing the lifts.

"Each moment is crucial for saving a patient. In this situation, delay in repairing of elevators is not in the interest of patients," she said.source-telegraphindia.com

Urban, health schemes

Ranchi, Nov. 3: The poor execution of schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and failure of the health department in doling out benefits of schemes to the masses was the central point of discussion on day three of the ongoing department-wise review meetings chaired by chief minister Arjun Munda.

The chief minister reviewed the forest and environment, health, medical education and family welfare, revenue and land reforms and labour, employment and training departments today.

Munda was dismayed at the tardy progress of different JNNURM schemes in three mission cities — Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad — and a few smaller cities that qualify to get funds from the Union urban development ministry.

Notably, the mission period is till 2012 and the state has been unable to utilise central funds under JNNURM. The chief minister feared that planned schemes like solid waste management plant, water supply system for increased urban population in many cities, sewerage and drainage system and basic services for the urban poor might not be executed once the JNNURM deadline expired in 2012.

"Remove all the bottlenecks at the earliest and work seriously in a speedy and time-bound manner for the completion of JNNURM schemes," Munda told the babus of the urban development department, including secretary P.K. Jojoria.

A majority of the JNNURM projects in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad are in limbo for some reason or the other since the last couple of years. Frequent change in political guard and bureaucracy have compounded the woes.

Jojoria told The Telegraph there was little utilisation of the JNNURM schemes and that Munda asked them to execute the schemes on a war footing.

With only about 10 per cent (Rs 385 crore) of its funds utilised by the health department so far, the general impression in today's meeting was that it was the "worst performing department".

However, Munda suggested a slew of measures to improve its performance.

He reiterated increasing MBBS seats in the three medical colleges of Jharkhand. The state government has been working on a plan to raise the number of seats in the three colleges to 350 from the existing 190.

Senior health officials said Munda decided to write letters to the giant public sector undertakings (PSU) operating in the state to open medical colleges.

Such PSUs include Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) and SAIL.

Munda also directed the health officials to ensure blood-testing facilities in all the districts, where blood group testing, RH typing and other tests could be done on girls. Later in the evening, Munda directed revenue and land reforms officials to ensure time-bound completion of the proposed computerisation and digitisation of land records. "The chief minister also asked us to revamp revenue offices at the block headquarters," said a senior official.

Munda mantra

*Expedite JNNURM projects

*Set up blood testing labs in all districts

*To ask PSUs to open medical colleges

*To increase seats in RIMS, PMCH and MGMCH

*Computerise land records

New posts proposed

RIMS — 3,077

PMCH — 894

MGMCH — 1,437

Filling vacant posts

RIMS — 350

PMCH — 100

MGMCH — 200
source-telegraphindia.com

MCI team inspects RIMS, Ranchi

Ranchi, Oct. 28: A three-member Medical Council of India (MCI) team today reached here for a two-day inspection of the premier medical institute of the state, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

The team — comprising Dr. N.N. Mathur, Dr. Pushpa Singh, and Dr. Shashi Raheja, all from New Delhi — arrived at the campus around 3.30pm.

The team toured the anatomy hall and verified documents to know the status of teachers available in the institute to teach postgraduate students.

The team, which was in the campus till 5pm, is expected to visit different wards, laboratories and pathological test centres of the institute tomorrow.

RIMS director A.K. Mahto said: "The purpose of the inspection was to prepare a report on the infrastructure available at RIMS to impart postgraduate education and help the council take a decision on increasing the number of seats in the institute." source-telegraphindia.com

The blood bank at RIMS, Ranchi, supported by JSACS

Ranchi, Oct. 25: Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS) will be opening a clutch of blood banks across several districts to ensure safe transfusion in remote areas that do not have such facilities amid a relatively high incidence of HIV positive cases.

By the year-end, the state-owned apex body for AIDS control hopes to have in place blood banks in the district headquarters of Sahebganj, Koderma, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Chatra.

While Koderma, according to sources, may have 700 HIV/AIDS patients, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Sahebganj and Chatra each roughly have 500 affected by the disease.

So, a decontaminated blood source in these districts is a must to prevent an outbreak.

The society is also looking at lifelines for Khunti, Ramgarh, Godda, Pakur and Jamtara by the next financial year.

It has already applied to the Central Licence Approving Authority for Sahebganj licence. It is expected to apply for licences for the three other blood banks within a few weeks.

"We expect a team from Central Drug Authority, Calcutta, to come and assess the infrastructure at Sahebganj in a few days. Following its approval, we will be issued the licence to run a blood bank there," said JSACS director Aradhana Patnaik.

She maintained that the banks would ensure timely collection and storage of decontaminated blood. "We deem it our responsibility to make safe blood available for transfusion," she added.

Each blood bank will be manned by a doctor, a pathologist, two lab technicians and a nurse. They will be appointed by the National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco). Naco has already appointed members of staff to man the Sahebganj blood bank while the process of appointment for the others is underway.

Currently, the apex AIDS body has blood banks at sadar hospitals in 15 districts. Once the licences are obtained, the number of JSACS blood banks in the state will go up to 19, leaving only five districts without the life-saving facility.

Apart from Ramgarh, where the military hospital in the cantonment area has a blood bank, Khunti, Godda, Pakur and Jamtara are yet to be equipped with government-owned or private blood banks.

Besides JSACS, the government owns 16 blood banks across Jharkhand, including three in medical colleges and hospitals. There are also 26 blood banks jointly owned by public and private sector organisations in the state.

The maximum number of blood banks, which is 14 considering both government-run and non-government ones, are located in the state capital.

The districts, where the AIDS society plans to open blood banks this financial year, currently lack the facility. The project will thus bring much relief to patients who require frequent transfusion.

The JSACS has recently identified 6,265 HIV patients following a survey on more than 1.3 lakh people in villages across the state. Main carriers of the AIDS virus are migrant workers. Though Jharkhand falls in the low-prevalence category of HIV/AIDS, according to a rough Naco estimate, over 20,000 people may have already been affected statewide.source - telegraphindia.com

NHRC notice to J'khand over death of 34 patients at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences

Ranchi: Death of about three dozen patients at Jharkhand's premier health institute, Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), during a recent strike has come under the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) scanner.

Taking serious note of the death of 34 patients due to gross negligence of medical staff during August 17 to 23, the NHRC has sought explanation from the RIMS administration and the State government as to why the people were left to fend for themselves.

About 300 junior doctors and 425 contractual nurses along with para-medical staff went on a lightning strike during the period in support of their demands, which included withdrawal of cases against some doctors and substantial hike in their remunerations.

The police had lodged a case against some doctors and other RIMS staff for allegedly beating up attendants of a couple of patients, who reportedly died due to the doctors' neglect.

NHRC spokesman Jaimini Kumar Srivastava said that the commission would serve a reminder to the State government if its reply did not reach them within the stipulated time.

"In a petition, the commission has been brought to the notice that over 60 patients had to be shifted from RIMS to other private hospitals due the strike, while 34 patients lost their lives," Srivastava said.

Officiating Health Secretary AK Sarkar said that necessary action had been initiated in response to the NHRC query. -

Health dept seeks details from Jharkhand Medical Colleges

RANCHI: Health department principal secretary A K Sircar has directed all three medical colleges in the state to submit details of seats and corresponding facilities along with the requirement of infrastructure as per guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to decide increasing seats for admission to MBBS course.

A meeting in this regard was convened by chief secretary A K Singh along with health department officials and representatives of the medical colleges here on Wednesday.

The state government is mulling a plan to increase the number of seats for MBBS courses from 190 to 350. As per proposal, number of seats at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) would be increased from 90 to 150 in the first phase and consecutively to 250 whereas the seats at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College Hospital, Dhanbad, would be increased from 50 to 100 each.

Sircar said, as per MCI guidelines, for every seat of medical college there are certain standard parameters of infrastructure and faculty strength, which the state needs to fulfil before applying for increasing the seats.

"We have asked the medical colleges to furnish the details of gap between existing infrastructure and requirement as per MCI norms when the seats are increased," he said.

Sircar added that the government would enclose the details of requirement before forwarding the proposal to the chief minister's office. Giving deadline till Friday morning to the medical colleges, the department is also analysing possibilities of utilizing the available infrastructure at medical colleges for including them in the report being prepared for claiming enhancement of seats.

RIMS officials suggested that most of the institutes are ready in terms of physical infrastructure but the strength of faculty is the only bottleneck. "MCI is particular about student-teacher ratio and the number of seats permitted for any course depends upon the strength of faculty," said Ajay Kumar, former vice-president of Indian Medical Association, adding that new appointments would be necessary in case the number of seats are increased. He also said beginning with 150 seats in 1960, the number of admissions for MBBS course went up to 225 but later with exodus of teachers and delay in appointment student-teacher ratio came down thereby bringing down the permissible admissions to '90s after mid '80s. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

MCI official satisfied with department of anaesthesia at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) inspection

RANCHI: Students and faculty members of department of anaesthesia at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are keeping their fingers crossed expecting the nod of Medical Council of India (MCI) for
recognising post-graduate course in the department.

MCI inspector Poonam Bhadoria from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, who was here on a two-day visit expressed satisfaction over infrastructure, cleanliness and strenght of faculty members. Talking to the media after inspecting the operation theatre, Intensive Care Unit, labour room and recovery room, Bhadoria said she was happy to note standard of cleanliness and latest equipment being used.

"Hardly any government hospital maintains such high standards," she said. Bhadoria, however, clarified that the report would be submitted to the MCI headquarters and a final decision on whether admissions to PG course be allowed, would be taken by senior officials.

Head department of anaesthesia, Ajit Kumar said no short falls were pointed in course of inspection. "We have been preparing for the inspection for quite some time now. We are hopeful that not only the admissions to PG course would be allowed but also the course would be recognised for the first time since 1988," he said.

PG course in anaesthesia was being conducted all these years with due approval of MCI but it was not registered with the MCI as a result of which students obtaining post-graduate degree from RIMS are not
allowed to apply for government jobs outside Jharkhand.

"Paper degree is hardly taken into account in the private sector and due to limited vacancy in government hospitals only few students complained about the course not being recognised by MCI," said a PG student.

The RIMS management invited MCI team way back in March 2009 for inpection but the institute requested the team to delay its visit in July the same year after it identified shortfall in faculty position. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

More medical seats proposed for Jharkhand Medical College

Ranchi, Oct. 20: Following chief minister Arjun Munda's nod, the state government has begun working towards increasing MBBS seats in the three medical colleges of the state.

At present, Jharkhand produces only 190 MBBS graduates every year from the three medical college-cum-hospitals. While Ranchi-based Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) offers 90 seats, Jamshedpur-based Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) and Dhanbad-based Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) offer only 50 seats each.

"A preliminary decision to increase MBBS seats in the three medical colleges was taken today. RIMS will offer 250 seats, followed by MGMCH and PMCH, which will offer 100 seats each. We will now start working towards setting up infrastructure and recruiting teachers, nurses and other staff. After fulfilling the minimum criteria for increasing the number of seats, the state will approach Medical Council of India (MCI) which is the final authority on the matter," additional secretary in the state heath department Arun Kumar Sinha told The Telegraph.

Today, chief secretary A K Singh held a crucial meeting to decide the nitty-gritty of executing the plans with principal secretary of health department A.K. Sarkar. Sinha and senior representatives of the three medical colleges were also present during the meeting.

The need to increase the number of MBBS seats in the three medical colleges has been felt since long in the wake of acute scarcity of doctors to man government health establishments at every level — from district headquarters to blocks.

A few decades ago, RIMS used to offer as many as 150 seats, while MGMCH and PMCH, 100 seats each. But over the years, the number of MBBS seats shrunk, thanks to the stringent MCI norms the colleges failed to adhere to.

Former vice president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr Ajay Kumar Singh welcomed the state government's noble initiative, but exercised caution at the same time. "It should not remain a hypothetical situation. I see good co-ordination between chief minister Arjun Munda and chief secretary A.K. Singh. They can work hard to ensure increase in the number of seats which will benefit people," he said.

According to rough estimates, the state faces a shortage of 5,000 doctors. Of the over 10,000 doctors needed to serve a population of over three crore, the government health establishments have only 2,000 doctors at their disposal with many in administrative capacity as civil surgeons, directors, superintendents and others.

About 3,000 doctors work in the private sector due to several reasons, including less pay offered by the government and lack of infrastructure in community health centres.

Moreover, absenteeism of doctors is common.

Block-level referral hospitals are often hit due to this malaise. source-telegraphindia.com

Dengue on its way out of Ranchi

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Dengue finally seems to be on its way out of the capital.

Doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) heaved a sigh of relief today as the number of dengue patients undergoing treatment fell to 13 after peaking at 30 on October 7.

As many as 17 patients were released over the past two days from the RIMS isolation ward. Now, two rooms of the ward have been closed and the remaining patients are in a single room.

A nurse at the isolation ward said the last person to be released from the unit was Subodh Kumar Barnwal (26), a resident of Saria in Giridih. According to another nurse, during last three days 18 patients have been released from the institute while only one new patient has been admitted.

"Most patients were released on October 8. One patient, Rita Devi (26) from Garhwa, was admitted last night," the nurse said.

RIMS superintendent M.K. Roy said the hospital expected to release all dengue patients within 10 to 15 days. "Once the weather cools, it will be difficult for the disease-spreading mosquitoes to survive," he said.

Roy added that the disease could be controlled by cleaning drains and getting rid of stagnant water. "The district administration should take measures to check the disease in future," he said.

So far, 82 dengue patients have been treated at RIMS since early September. No one has died of the disease in the capital. source-telegraphindia.com

More Beds for dengue in RIMS

Oct. 6: To cope with the growing number of dengue patients, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has added more beds in its isolation ward, while in Jamshedpur, the number of patients undergoing treatment stood at 26.

An RIMS, there are 22 dengue patients under treatment at present. Initially, the hospital's isolation ward opened with 14 beds on September 8, when the first patient was admitted.

Since then, the hospital has treated 71 dengue patients, of whom 49 have been discharged.

The ward has now been provided with 24 beds. While 14 beds are at one place, 10 beds have been accommodated in two other rooms.

The number of nurses attending on dengue patients has also been increased. There were only three nurses in the beginning, now there are eight.

"Patients are coming from different parts of the state. Till September 28, the space available to us was sufficient to accommodate the number of cases we had. But after that, the rush has only increased. When the number of patients crossed 18 on October 2, we started increasing the number of beds," a nurse said.

RIMS director A.K. Mahto confirmed the development and said more beds would be added if the situation so demanded.

He claimed there was adequate quantity of platelets available at the RIMS blood bank, as were necessary kits to identify dengue cases. "Those admitted are recovering within a week and fortunately we have not had any casualties at our institute so far," he said.

He added there was no reason to panic as dengue was a self-limiting disease. "The role of the doctor is limited to providing symptomatic treatment," he said.

Some patients undergoing treatment at the institute, however, complained that they had to depend on private labs for pathological tests advised by doctors as the facilities were not available at the hospital. They added that barring a few saline bottles, they had to buy all medicines from outside. Asked about the same, RIMS superintendent M.K. Roy said the matter would be looked into.

In Jamshedpur, where two persons have died of dengue so far, district health department sources said 155 cases of the fever have been reported till now.

At present, 26 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The cases have been reported Sakchi, Kitadih, Agrico, Sonari, Adityapur, Jugsalai, Kadma, Telco and Parsudih. Patients have also come in from Rajnagar and Ichagarh in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Surveillance officer for communicable diseases, Swarn Singh, revealed that the civil surgeon's office has been taking preventive measures to check the spread of dengue by spraying pesticides at possible mosquito-breeding sites.

In Ranchi too, health department officials have been asked to be vigilant. source-.telegraphindia.com 

RIMS has added more beds for DENDU

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Oct. 6: To cope with the growing number of dengue patients, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has added more beds in its isolation ward, while in Jamshedpur, the number of patients undergoing treatment stood at 26.

An RIMS, there are 22 dengue patients under treatment at present. Initially, the hospital's isolation ward opened with 14 beds on September 8, when the first patient was admitted.

Since then, the hospital has treated 71 dengue patients, of whom 49 have been discharged.

The ward has now been provided with 24 beds. While 14 beds are at one place, 10 beds have been accommodated in two other rooms.

The number of nurses attending on dengue patients has also been increased. There were only three nurses in the beginning, now there are eight.

"Patients are coming from different parts of the state. Till September 28, the space available to us was sufficient to accommodate the number of cases we had. But after that, the rush has only increased. When the number of patients crossed 18 on October 2, we started increasing the number of beds," a nurse said.

RIMS director A.K. Mahto confirmed the development and said more beds would be added if the situation so demanded.

He claimed there was adequate quantity of platelets available at the RIMS blood bank, as were necessary kits to identify dengue cases. "Those admitted are recovering within a week and fortunately we have not had any casualties at our institute so far," he said.

He added there was no reason to panic as dengue was a self-limiting disease. "The role of the doctor is limited to providing symptomatic treatment," he said.

Some patients undergoing treatment at the institute, however, complained that they had to depend on private labs for pathological tests advised by doctors as the facilities were not available at the hospital. They added that barring a few saline bottles, they had to buy all medicines from outside. Asked about the same, RIMS superintendent M.K. Roy said the matter would be looked into.

In Jamshedpur, where two persons have died of dengue so far, district health department sources said 155 cases of the fever have been reported till now.

At present, 26 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The cases have been reported Sakchi, Kitadih, Agrico, Sonari, Adityapur, Jugsalai, Kadma, Telco and Parsudih. Patients have also come in from Rajnagar and Ichagarh in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Surveillance officer for communicable diseases, Swarn Singh, revealed that the civil surgeon's office has been taking preventive measures to check the spread of dengue by spraying pesticides at possible mosquito-breeding sites.

In Ranchi too, health department officials have been asked to be vigilant. source-telegraphindia.com

MGM plans more room for patients

Jamshedpur, Oct. 6: Patients jostling for space in cramped wards and the OPD of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital may well be a thing of the past.

The state-owned hospital has drawn up an ambitious plan to nearly triple its capacity, adding 1,000 beds to the existing 520. This will not just add room to wards, but also prevent patients from encroaching upon OPD space in the absence of beds.

Newly appointed MGM superintendent S.S. Prasad said the facelift proposal would be discussed at a meeting with East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Vijay Kumar Singh. "We are scheduled to meet him tomorrow. The proposal will be discussed in details and routed to the state health department through the deputy commissioner," he said, adding that a "verbal discussion" with the state health secretary had already taken place.

Besides increasing the number of beds, the hospital also plans online registration of patients and makeover for the administrative block and medicine building. Recruitment of additional doctors, nurses and other hospital staff has also been included in the proposal to be sent to the health department.

On an average, 900 patients visit the hospital's OPD everyday while 300 turn up at the emergency ward and 200 at the gynaecology ward, Prasad pointed out. "Attending to the needs of so many patients with just 520 beds is virtually impossible. We need at least 1,000 more beds," he said, adding that land was available behind the old hospital. "We also plan to dismantle old structures there for infrastructure development."

Prasad, who took charge of MGM from August, said the proposal was in keeping with the status of the hospital. "MGM is a medical college and hospital. In other cities, medical colleges and hospitals have far better infrastructure and facilities. We need to give the same kind of attention," he said. source-telegraphindia.com

RIMS to offer 250 seats for MBBS

Ranchi, Sept. 29: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will soon be able to admit 250 students for its MBBS course every year, instead of the present 90.

Chief secretary A.K. Singh, accompanied by health secretary D.K. Tiwari, visited RIMS today and held a meeting with the heads of different departments of the institute to gauge the requirements to convert the 90-seat medical college into a 250-seat one.

The meeting started at noon and continued till 3pm. RIMS director A.K. Mahto and superintendent M.K. Roy were also present.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singh said: "I wanted to know from the heads of departments their requirement of manpower as well as equipment to cater to 250 students. I got some information and I hope that will serve the government's purpose," he said.

Roy said the chief secretary asked them to send all details in writing within a week.

The chief secretary also discussed several other problems relating to the institute at the meeting. The department heads made the chief secretary aware of the problems one by one.

"Issues like delay in salary payment, deteriorating law and order within the premises, non supply of essentials, the deplorable condition of the library, lack of space in the central laboratory, absence of nurses without prior information to unit head, non-availability of up to date equipment in different departments, lack of adequate number of classrooms, non-utilisation of central government funds were raised in the meeting," a doctor, who participated in the meeting, said. source-telegraphindia.com

HC - Interim order to admit tribals in 19 medical seats

Ranchi, Sept. 28: Jharkhand High Court has granted respite to tribal students, who were on the verge of losing out medical seats to non-tribals.

Last evening, the high court passed an interim order, asking Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB) to fill the vacant reserved seats in two state medical colleges by only taking ST candidates.

JCECEB was supposed to conduct counselling today for non-tribal students for taking them in the 19 seats lying vacant at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM) in Jamshedpur and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad as ST candidates could not clear the entrance test. But it did not begin the counselling process after receiving the high court order this morning. Instead, the board admitted ST students even though they had failed to secure the minimum qualifying marks (40 per cent) in the entrance test this year.

"After the board received the high court order, it decided to immediately organise counselling for ST students as it has to complete the admission process by September 30 according to a guideline of the Medical Council of India (MCI). All 19 seats were filled up by 1.30pm," officer on special duty and deputy controller of examination R.K. Singh told The Telegraph.

Of these 19 seats, nine are in MGM and 10 in PMCH. There are 39 reserved seats for STs in three state-run colleges — RIMS, MGM and PMCH.

Sources said the court of Justice R.K. Merathia passed the interim order while hearing a case filed by a tribal student a few days ago.

Tarun Baxla, a resident of Ranchi who had appeared in the medical entrance examination but could not qualify, approached the court, saying that the board prospectus did not say that an ST candidate had to secure minimum 40 per cent marks for getting admission. Rather, he said, the prospectus stated that the 40 per cent cut-off was an average of the marks received in the entrance test and marks secured in physics, chemistry and biology in intermediate examination.

However, the court's directive is in contradiction of the rules of MCI, which bars the state government from filling reserved seats with students, who did not clear the entrance test.

Last year, the state had admitted 32 ST students in three medical colleges even though they had not secured the minimum qualifying marks.

Later, these students landed in trouble after the MCI objected to their enrolment.source-telegraphindia.com

Suicide attempt by RIMS Medical student - kills self

Ranchi, Sept. 27: The decomposed body of a postgraduate medical student was found in a hostel room at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) this evening.

A resident of Mango, 31-year-old Sanjeet Kumar, an anaesthetics student, committed suicide by injecting large doses of anaesthesia.

Bariatu police broke open the door of room No. 131 on the second floor of the second hostel of RIMS after students complained of stench around 5.45pm. A suicide note dated September 25 and empty packets of anaesthesia were found near the bed.

"I am committing suicide and no one is responsible for my act. Please inform my parents," a RIMS students quoted from the suicide note, which did not mention the reason behind Sanjeet's act. Students last saw him alive on September 25 near a tea stall.

RIMS director A.K. Mahto confirmed the incident.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at Bariatu. SSP Praveen Kumar said investigations had started. source:telegraphindia.com

MGM reserves entire stock of anti-rabies vaccine for the poor

Jamshedpur, Sept. 2: If you are not very canine-friendly, make sure you live below the poverty line.

In a pro-poor move that is likely to brew resentment from other sections of the society, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital — the lone state-sponsored healthcare hub in the steel city — has reserved its entire stock of anti-rabies vaccine for below poverty line (BPL) victims of dog bite.

Most surprisingly, this decision has not been prodded by any directive from the state health department.

A consignment of some 1,000 vaccines recently reached the hospital after almost a year and sources said only BPL cardholders would be entitled to the treatment, which will be for free.

Hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad, who assumed office on July 19, said the decision was need-based. "The stock is not adequate for all. People living above the poverty line can buy the vaccine from chemists. But BPL victims cannot. Moreover, government hospitals are meant to serve the poor," he reasoned.

East Singhbhum civil surgeon Dipali Dey echoed Prasad. "Though the state hasn't given any directive, the vaccines have been reserved for BPL victims," she said.

Dog bite cases are frequent in the steel city. More than 30 people were bitten in July-August alone. According to Dey, anti-rabies vaccines — priced at Rs 350 — were currently available only at MGM.

So, what happens if a person bitten by a dog cannot flash a BPL card? Will MGM deny treatment?

"I will speak to my colleagues in other departments on this matter. But we will certainly prefer BPL victims," the

hospital superintendent said.

The decision has evoked sharp response from different sections of the society. "MGM should abandon this move. There are people who may not live below the poverty line, but, at the same time, cannot afford to buy a vaccine for Rs 350. Government hospitals are for everybody," said Jawaharlal Sharma, a human rights activist. He suggested that the authorities could divide the stock and make vaccines available to non-BPL victims at a concession.source:.telegraphindia.com

Swine flu alert in Ranchi

Ranchi, Sept. 2: The state health department sounded a swine flu alert today and urged people to exercise caution while moving in crowded places to avoid contracting the virus.

State nodal officer Pradeep Baski sounded the warning a day after a positive case was detected at a private hospital in the city.

Baski, while urging people to be careful, said the state had arranged for medicines at all district-level hospitals and made doctors aware of the steps to be taken in case a patient displayed symptoms of swine flu.

"We have taken necessary precautions after the first case was detected this year. Last year, two cases of swine flu were detected in the state after 27 samples were sent for tests to Calcutta," he said, adding that there was no cause for panic.

Director of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences A.K. Mahto supported Baski's stand and said a 14-bed isolation ward had been set up on the ground floor the hospital for the purpose. "Though we have not received any swine flu cases so far, we are ready for any eventuality," he said.

Nurses have been trained to deal with swine flu cases and a list of dos and don'ts have been put out. "Emergency medicines, different types of fluids for transfusion and oxygen cylinders are being collected. Antiseptic solutions, spirit and cotton are also being brought to disinfect materials to be used to treat the patients. Masks, gloves, caps, gowns and slippers have been made available for the use of nurses and doctors," a nurse said.

The patient who has tested positive has been identified as Sudhir Chandra from Purulia in Bengal. He has been undergoing treatment at the Ranchi hospital since August 25.

The doctor attending on him said the patient was out of danger and on the road to recovery. "The patient is likely to be released from hospital in two or three days," he said.source:telegraphindia.com

Junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) withdrew strike

Ranchi, Aug. 23: After fiery protests climaxed a six-day ceasework, junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) withdrew their strike this evening following assurances of better security from the health department.

RIMS acting director A.K. Mahto said the issue was resolved after several rounds of talks at his office in the presence of SSP Praveen Kumar and additional health secretary Arun Kumar Sinha.

Spokesperson of Junior Doctors' Association Kundan Kumar said the talks began at 3.45pm and concluded at 6pm after they found efforts made by the additional health secretary reliable.

"He (Sinha) has convinced us that steps are being taken to draft a law to prevent attacks on the medical fraternity. The health department has forwarded the file to the law department through governor's adviser R.R. Prasad, who is in charge of 12 departments including health. So, we decided to call off the strike," he said.

Earlier in the day, striking doctors burnt the RIMS and police administrations in effigy in front of Gate No. 2. They also took out a procession from the director's office to push their demand.

The six-day strike was the result of a clash between doctors and JVM supporters on August 16. Trouble brewed when a junior doctor stopped JVM leader Amit Mahto from meeting a patient at the trauma centre, saying it wasn't proper to crowd the unit.

Mahto slapped the doctor, prompting other doctors to beat him and his supporters up. As the situation turned ugly, police intervened and rescued an injured Mahto.

Two FIRs were lodged — one by RIMS security guards accusing Mahto of manhandling junior doctors and the other by Mahto's supporters, alleging that their leader had been beaten up.

Police only acted on the second FIR and forwarded a security guard of RIMS to Birsa Munda Central Jail on August 17. This prompted junior doctors to go on strike, demanding adequate security.

Mahto, who contested the last Assembly polls on a JVM ticket, had given a tough fight to former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto in Silli.source:telegraphindia.com

MGM Jamshedpur under MCI scanner

Jamshedpur, Aug. 23: A three-member Medical Council of India (MCI) team will inspect Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital on August 26 and 27.

The statutory body will be inspecting the government medical college after a gap of six years. The last inspection was in 2004.

"We are ready for the inspection. Apart from infrastructure, the MCI team will take stock of faculty strength and doctors, number of patients and other facilities," said superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital S.S. Prasad.

Prasad, who took charge recently, did not rule out a disaffiliation threat. "The medical college and hospital faces derecognition as facilities are not up to the mark," he said.

In order to impress the MCI team, the hospital administration has initiated a cleaning operation. While the main building has got a fresh coat of paint, cleaning staff was engaged to salvage old and unused items from the wards and corridors. A cleaning drive was also initiated at the operation theatres and OPD.

During the last inspection too, the medical college faced a disaffiliation threat due to acute shortage of teaching staff. The statutory body, which grants affiliation to medical colleges, had set a deadline for filling up the posts.

The health department acted with alacrity and appointed about 100 doctors.

in the vacant posts. Following the MCI directive, the hospital also came up with an operation theatre (OT) for gynaecology patients.

In 2004, the MCI team had pointed out several irregularities in the functioning of the hospital and the college. It had directed the college authorities to take steps to plug the loopholes.

Former senior executive member of MCI Gajendra Thakur said the team would also visit Jamshedpur Blood Bank and Tata Main Hospital where students of the medical college undergo training.

Regarding the application for increasing seats of the medical college from 50 to 100, he said unless the guidelines of the statutory body are followed, the proposal would not be approved.source:telegraphindia.com

MCI team on inspection of Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad

Dhanbad, Aug. 23: A three-member Medical Council of India (MCI) team today visited Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) — the lone state-run medical college in the district — to carry out an inspection.

The team — comprising A. Saili of Government Medical College, Jagdalpur; G.R. Kathraj of Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi; and S. Sengupta of Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Calcutta — arrived at the campus around 8.30am.

The team split into three groups and toured the departments of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmocology and medicine, besides visiting classrooms and hostels to take stock of infrastructure facilities. The visiting doctors, accompanied by principal of the college Arun Kumar Chaudhary, also held talks with the heads of the departments.

"A team from MCI has come on a pre-scheduled inspection. The inspection will end tomorrow," Chaudhary said.

According to sources, the team expressed concern over the pathetic state of the hostels and the poor sanitation system at the hospital.

Alarmed, the Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged the MCI team not to derecognise the college on these grounds as it would affect the career of more than 300 students pursuing MBBS courses in various disciplines at the institute.

"Instead of derecognising the college, MCI should mount pressure on the state administration to appoint new teachers and promote existing ones to cope with the manpower crunch," said IMA, Dhanbad chapter, president A.K. Singh.

PMCH, established way back in 1971 at Patna and later shifted to Dhanbad in 1977, has all clinical departments, including surgery, but is facing an acute scarcity of teachers.

In fact, many of its departments, including psychiatry, have been shut down in the absence of adequate number of faculty members. The radiology department is doing without a specialised teacher.source:telegraphindia.com

Legal armour for Jharkhand doctors

Ranchi, Aug. 22: After the state health department agreed to four out of six demands of striking nurses, it has now proposed a law preventing violence against doctors to placate junior doctors on strike.

Health secretary D.K.Tiwari today told The Telegraph that he had forwarded a file to the law department through the governor's adviser R.R. Prasad to press for an ordinance similar to the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (prevention of violence and damage or loss to property) Ordinance, 2009.

This development occurred after striking nurses returned on duty after getting four demands fulfilled, including a pay hike according to Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, as well as creation of nursing posts, promotions and payment of allowances in accordance to Centre-run hospitals. Unmet demands included regularised services for contractual nurses and the establishment of a nursing directorate, but the state held out hope for both, said state unit president of Trained Nurses Association of India, Kishori Rani.

Tiwary said that the state would have an ordinance to protect medicare service persons from attack on hospital premises after the law department clears the file. The Maharashtra ordinance includes registered medical practitioners and nurses, medical and nursing students, paramedical workers and doctors under the umbrella of 'medicare service persons'.

The ordinance also directs imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs 50,000 in case of violence against doctors on hospital premises and directs the offender to pay twice the amount of damage as compensation. source:telegraphindia.com

Nurses strike ends at MGM

Jamshedpur, Aug. 22: Medical services returned to normal at MGM Medical College and Hospital as the striking nurses called off their strike and resumed work today.

Around 80 nurses of the government hospital had gone on a strike under the banner of Trained Nurses Association of India on August 18, demanding better salary.

"We called off the strike this morning as our demands were met," said Sandhya Nag, a senior nurse of the hospital.

Jubilant, nurses smeared colours on each other and distributed sweets on the hospital premises.

Hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad admitted the hospital administration faced a lot of problems due to the strike. "The doctors attended only emergency cases and around 50 surgeries were postponed.But from today things will be normal. The nurses have joined emergency, surgeries and caesareans are being conducted in the operation theatres," he said.

Hospital sources revealed that things had taken an ugly turn last evening as a section of paramedical staff and trainee nurses refused to work in the emergency ward. They resumed work only after intervention of Prasad.

Hospital authorities said the out patients department (OPD), which entertains at least 200 patients daily, will also come back to normality.

Sources revealed gynaecology, orthopaedic, ENT and other OTs were opened today.source:telegraphindia.com

Strike cripples healthcare in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur, Aug. 20: Wracked by labour pain, Saira Parveen (23) of Azadnagar was brought in and out of MGM Medical College and Hospital on stretcher this morning, but doctors pleaded helplessness in operating on her in the absence of experienced nurses.

Her contract labourer husband had no option but to take her to an expensive private nursing home for a C-section, thanks to the striking nurses.

The strike entered its third day today throwing the healthcare services out of gear. In the absence of trained nurses, the onus has fallen paramedics and trainee nurses.

Patients are somehow being managed by the 100-odd paramedics and trainee nurses.

S.S. Prasad, superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital, said: "I am trying my best to provide necessary services to the patients in the wards as well as in the OPD. I was expecting the strike to be called off today, but unfortunately the talks between the nurses and the health department authorities did not yield positive results."

He admitted that patients were the worst sufferers, but pleaded helplessness.

"Nothing is in our hands. All we can do is request the striking nurses to return to work," he added.

Meanwhile, a delegation of striking nurses which went to the capital to review the situation, said the strike was a complete success at RIMS, Ranchi. source:telegraphindia.com

Strike called by Junior Doctors and nurses of Jharkhand hospitals turned into an “indefinite” one

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Aug. 19, 2010: Day Two of the strike called by junior doctors and nurses of state-run hospitals turned into an "indefinite" one, with protesters holding fast to their demands at the expense of the public health system.

Jharkhand unit president of Trained Nurses Association of India Kishori Rani said that they would launch an indefinite strike from tomorrow in a bid to fulfill their six-point charter of demands, which included a pay revision based on Sixth Pay Commission recommendations and regularised services of contractual nurses, among others.

Junior doctors, meanwhile, said that they would also be on indefinite strike from tomorrow till their demand to enact a medical protection law on the pattern of the one adopted by Maharashtra was met. "Our demand is necessary to prevent violence against healthcare personnel and damage to property of healthcare institutions," said Junior Doctors' Association spokesperson Kudan Kumar.

Meanwhile, the strike paralysed state-run hospitals at both the capital and steel city, with patients from the weaker sections and their attendants bearing the brunt.

Irate attendants, led by one Vishwanath Singh, under the aegis of the newly constituted Social Action for Patients' Rights, shouted slogans outside RIMS emergency unit such as "marizon ki lashon par raajneeti bandh karo" (stop politicking over patients' corpses) and "garib patient ki majboori ka fayda uthana bandh karo" (stop taking advantage of poor patients). They also allegedly tried to manhandle nurses, but failed after intervention of RIMS director A.K. Mahto and superintendent Manoj Kumar Rai. While nurses alleged that those trying to manhandle them were goons hired by one Bablu Khan, eyewitnesses said crowd ire escalated spontaneously in sympathy with the suffering patients.

"I brought my wife here six days ago after she touched a live 11KV wire. When I ask nurses to help her, they scold me," Bhola Takur (60) of Saharjam village in Chatra said. Even patients sent by jail administration were ignored. Three constables were struggling to get two Birsa Munda Central Jail prisoners admitted in the hospital.

The deadlock has caused the number of patients to dwindle drastically. "At least 75 patients left the hospital," said a RIMS medical staff.

Mahto said efforts were on to ease the situation. "We requested adviser to governor R.R. Prasad to arrive at a solution," he said, but admitted to the present impasse.

In a mirror image of sorts, the 80-odd striking nurses at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital paralysed medical services at the state-run hospital for the second consecutive day today.

Not only did operation theatres remain non-functional, agitating nurses forced clerical staff at the out patients department in the morning to stop work in support of their strike, forcing registration of new patients till hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad intervened. Doctors also did not attend to routine surgical cases. "In the absence of nurses, doctors only attended to emergency cases," said R.Y. Chowdhury, anaesthetist and the former hospital superintendent.

Prasad said that while paramedics, trainee nurses and junior doctors were attending to patients, most paramedics and trainee nurses could not administer injections.

One of the striking nurses, Sandhya Nag, said talks were on between the health secretary and a delegation of striking nurses at Ranchi. "We will continue the strike if our demands are not met," she said source:telegraphindia.com

Junior Doctors and Nurses cripple RIMS ,Ranchi

Medical services across the state remained paralysed as several hundred nursing staff went on a three-day strike from Wednesday, voicing their grievances over poor salary structure.

While over 450 nurses skipped duty at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, 80 others abandoned patients at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur. To make matters worse, 300-odd junior doctors at RIMS also ceased work over slack security on hospital premises.

Government nurses have long been demanding salary revision as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, facilities enjoyed by nursing staff at Centre-run hospitals and a nursing directorate in the state.

At RIMS, the impact of the strike was almost instantly felt in the outdoor ward, where more than 1,000 patients turn up for treatment on a normal day. While the OPD wore a deserted look, some 10 patients were turned away from the emergency ward. At least five major surgeries and 15 minor ones were also postponed. Though 100 senior doctors were on duty, absence of assistants rendered them helpless. Some doctors had to double up as paramedical staff.

Hospital superintendent Manoj Kumar Rai admitted the crisis. "We have asked all doctors to remain on duty and have also called in as many as 75 paid non-academic doctors (students who are preparing for admission to PG course after MBBS degree)," he said.

At MGM, the emergency ward was worst affected. Hospital sources said that not a single surgery was conducted at the gynaecology OT, which sees at least 5-6 C-sections everyday.

Superintendent S.S. Prasad, however, downplayed the impact and said: "It is only a matter of a day or two. We are taking necessary measures so that patients are not inconvenienced."

But those who bore the brunt had a different story to tell. Some relatives of patients at MGM said they were being forced to do what nurses do like administering medicines or fetching water.

At the gynaecology ward of RIMS, there was clash between an attendant and junior doctors after one Reena Devi (25), a resident of Ratu, died within eight hours of delivering a baby. The attendant, Amit Kumar, was beaten up when he tried to manhandle the lady doctor under whom Reena was admitted.
 

ON STRIKE

• 450 nurses at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi

• 80 nurses at MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur

• 300 junior doctors at RIMS

SERVICES HIT

• No patient treated at RIMS outdoor unit

• 20 surgeries cancelled at RIMS

• Gynaecology, ENT and other OTs at MGM closed

• Indoor wards affected at both RIMS and MGM

Patient woes

"My mother, suffering from serious kidney ailments, was admitted to MGM on Tuesday. I was not aware of the strike. Now, I have had to take leave from work to nurse my mother," said Madhusudan Mahto, an employee of a small-scale unit in Adityapur

A 65-year-old accident victim, Aizozan Biwi, who was to undergo a surgery in the left leg in the morning, was informed that she would have to wait till next week. "I am in terrible pain. My left knee seems to be broken, but I have no choice but to wait," Aizozan, who has come from Phulpahari village in Ghatshila

Mathura Ram, a resident of Japla, Palamau, was a tad lucky. He was admitted to RIMS with pain in the ribs. Initially denied treatment, he was referred to senior doctors following intervention by superintendent Rai

AUTHORITYSPEAK

While RIMS in Ranchi has already made arrangements for additional doctors to tide over the crisis, MGM Medical College and Hospital is hoping things will improve within a couple of days. "So, we are concentrating only on emergency cases for the time being," said a senior doctor. source:telegraphindia.com

Central team visits Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad to conduct a feasibility study for launching proposed postgraduate courses.

Dhanbad, Aug. 18: A three-member team from the Union health ministry visited Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) today to conduct a feasibility study for launching proposed postgraduate courses.

The team, comprising doctors B.S. Randhawa, B.C. Kavi and Nayan Singh, took stock of the staff strength and other infrastructure facilities besides holding talks with senior officials, including principal Arun Kumar Chaudhary and the heads of the departments.

More than six months ago, PMCH had approached the Centre to start postgraduate courses in all its 21 departments. The principal was pleased with today's inspection. "We hope that the Centre will give us permission to start the courses," he added.

President of the Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) A.K. Singh said introduction of postgraduate course would lend a boost to academic activities on the campus.

He also had a word of caution. "A Medical Council of India team is scheduled to visit PMCH on August 23-24. If the team de-recognises the college on the grounds of staff shortage, there will be no point in launching the course," Singh said.

He added that the state had turned a deaf ear to IMA's repeated requests to appoint more teachers.

"The psychiatry department had to be closed due to lack of faculty members while the radiology department is running without a specialist. Several other departments are on the verge of closure," Singh said.

"Had the state administration not raised the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 62, many other departments would be doing without their heads," Singh said. He also demanded promotion for the teachers. source:telegraphindia.com

Doctors team to meet Home Minister in Delhi

रांची। हड़ताली मेडिकल छात्र-छात्राओं की समस्याओं के समाधान को सोमवार को चिकित्सकों का एक दल दिल्ली जाएगा। दिल्ली जाने वाले चिकित्सकों में डा. निशित एक्का, डा. एसएस बिरुआ और पूर्व विधायक नियल तिर्की शामिल है। यह जानकारी डा. निशित एक्का ने दी है। डा. एक्का ने कहा कि दिल्ली में वे लोग केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री, आदिवासी सांसद, स्वास्थ्य मंत्री और भारतीय चिकित्सा परिषद से मुलाकात कर झारखंड के रिम्स, एमजीएम और पीएमसीएच मेडिकल के छात्र-छात्राओं के रद्द किये गये नामांकन पर विचार का अनुरोध करेंगे। source:in.jagran.yahoo.com

Para Teachers Strike

29 से हड़ताल पर जा सकते हैं पारा शिक्षक

Aug 08, 2010: रांची। प्रदेश के पारा शिक्षक 29 अगस्त से अनिश्चितकालीन हड़ताल पर जा सकते हैं। इसके पहले 28 अगस्त को पारा शिक्षक राजभवन का घेराव करेंगे। उसी दिन वे हड़ताल की औपचारिक घोषणा करेंगे। पारा शिक्षकों के एक गुट झारखंड प्रदेश पारा शिक्षक संघ की रविवार को जिला स्कूल, रांची में आयोजित बैठक में इस बाबत निर्णय लिया गया। संघ के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष संजय दूबे व महासचिव विक्रांत ज्योति ने कहा कि उनकी ग्यारह सूत्री मांगों पर कोई कार्रवाई नहीं की जा रही है। सामुदायिक शिक्षक सेवा शर्त नियमावली में संशोधन हेतु गठित कमेटी में भी पारा शिक्षकों के प्रतिनिधि को शामिल नहीं किया गया। बैठक में 11 अगस्त को प्रखंड स्तर पर धरना कार्यक्रम आयोजित करने का भी निर्णय लिया गया। पारा शिक्षक सोमवार को राज्यपाल के सलाहकार विल्फ्रेड लकड़ा, शिक्षा सचिव मृदुला सिन्हा व प्राथमिक शिक्षा निदेशक डीके सक्सेना को ज्ञापन भी सौंपेंगे। source: in.jagran.yahoo.com

Strike of First Year Medical Student of RIMS RANCHI

कुछ नहीं कर सकता रिम्स प्रबंधन

Aut 07, 2010:रांची। रिम्स परिसर में आदिवासी मेडिकल छात्र-छात्राओं की हड़ताल शनिवार को 12वें दिन भी जारी रही। रिम्स प्रबंधन का कहना है कि वह इस मामले में कुछ नहीं कर सकता। मामला एमसीआई का है। अब केंद्र सरकार व राज्य सरकार के आदेश के बाद ही विश्वविद्यालय आदेश दे सकता है। उधर, हड़ताली छात्र-छात्राओं ने कहा कि हाल में उनके प्रतिनिधियों ने राज्यपाल से मुलाकात की थी। राज्यपाल ने आश्वासन दिया है कि इस मामले में वे केंद्र सरकार व एमसीआई से बात करेंगे। source:in.jagran.yahoo.com

Community kitchen in RIMS

Ranchi, June 28, 2010: Three community kitchens were inaugurated today at RIMS for the use of family members of poor patients admitted at the hospital.

This is the first time such kitchens have been commissioned in Eastern India, where people can get LPG on payment of Rs 2 for every 15 minutes of its use. Users will not have to bring their own oven, as it is being provided free of cost with LPG.

Each kitchen is equipped with six ovens and thus a total of 18 families can use the kitchens at a given time to prepare food. The kitchens are under the supervision of an Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) personnel.

Deputy commissioner K.K. Soan said such kitchens will soon be opened at Sadar Hospital and Doranda Hospital.

"Use of community kitchens will save time, money and energy ," he said.

"In current financial year oil companies of the country have proposed to set up 100 community kitchens in the Jharkhand as part of their corporate social responsibility. The RIMS kitchens are three of them," B.B. Choudhary, General Manager of IOCL said.

People will, however, first have to learn how to operate the cooking units.source:telegraphindia.com

MBBS Intern stipend increased

Ranchi, June 13: Stipend boost for MBBS degree holders and a go-ahead to a proposed state rights panel appointments were among the important decisions taken at the maiden meeting of the governor's advisory council today.

The advisers have decided to increase the post-MBBS compulsory internship stipend from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per month.

"The hike for MBBS interns at three state medical colleges will be given with effect from April 1, 2010," cabinet secretary Aditya Swaroop said in a briefing after the advisory council meeting chaired by Governor M.O.H. Farook at Raj Bhavan this morning.

Every year, around 190 MBBS degree holders register for internship at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.

Talking to The Telegraph, Tulsi Mahto, a senior faculty member at RIMS, called it a welcome step. "It is good that internship stipend has been increased. During the compulsory rotational internship programme, MBBS passouts do a tough job. The training is a prerequisite for a qualified doctor," he said.

In the other important decision, the advisory council today gave its nod to rules for appointment of officials to the proposed state human rights body on the lines of National Human Rights Commission under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

For the post of chairman of the state-level commission, rules suggest that a retired chief justice of a high court must be considered.

Besides the chairman, the commission will have three other members. One a working/retired judge of a high court, the second a working/retired judge of a district court and the third a person of profound and practical knowledge in the field of human rights.

A state-level committee under the chairmanship of the chief minister would be entitled to recommend appointment of otherwise qualified chairman and members of the proposed commission.

Other members of the selection panel include the Assembly Speaker, the leader of the Opposition and the home minister. The appointment of chairman and members will be for five years or till he/she attains the age of 70 (whichever is earlier).

Swaroop said the proposed state human rights commission was an effort towards good governance, as the panel would act as an independent judiciary. Matters of custodial death and police torture among others would be its prime focus.

A proposal on posts from the rural development department also received the advisory council's approval. The proposal suggests creation of 11 posts, including that of a BDO, for Haidernagar that was carved out of Hussainabad block in Palamau district in 2008. source:telegraphindia.com

RIMS performs operation on heart patient for Rs 1.5 lakh

Ranchi, May 26, 2010: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has added another feather in its cap — a successful drug-eluting stent surgery at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.

The doctors performed the surgery on an employee of the revenue department, Aiunul Haq (54), posted at Namkum circle of the state capital, on Monday. The operation that would have made Haq, a heart patient, poorer by Rs 4 lakh if he had approached some other hospital outside the state cost him just Rs 1.5 lakh at RIMS.

"We had kept the patient under observation and released him today," said RIMS director A.K. Mahto, giving the credit of the achievement to cardiologist Hemant Narayan Ray, who joined the institute recently.

Mahto further claimed that RIMS was the first government hospital in eastern India to have successfully conducted a drug-eluting stent surgery. Agreeing, Ray explained: "A drug eluting stent is a coronary stent placed into the narrowed, diseased coronary arteries that slowly releases a drug to block cell proliferation. This prevents fibrosis, which, together with clots, can block the stented artery, a process called restenosis. The stent is placed within the coronary artery during an angioplasty procedure."

A hale and hearty Haq was all smiles. "My family members and boss had objected to my decision of approaching RIMS for the surgery. They thought that the institute was not well equipped. My boss had even offered me Rs 1 lakh extra for going for treatment outside the state. But I did not listen to them and now, I know I did the right thing," he said.

The state-run RIMS has achieved many a milestone in the field of cardiac treatment. A cathlab became operational in the hospital on April 21 while it also carries out pacemaker surgeries. source:telegraphindia.com

CT scan facility revived at MGM

Jamshedpur, July 26: Two long years and much inconvenience to patients later, the state-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital restarted its CT (computerised tomography) scan services today.

The hospital also hired private medical practitioner Neeraj Prasad, who will be available on call, to operate the equipment.

"The CT scan facility is available now. The equipment could not be used for the last two years as we had no radiologist to operate it. Now, patients will not need to pay extra for CT scans at private clinics and can get it done here at a nominal cost," newly appointed superintendent of hospital Shiv Shankar Prasad said.

CT scan facility was introduced in the hospital in December 2006. In 2008, radiologist S.C. Arun, who used to operate the equipment, was deputed to the sadar hospital in Chaibasa. Since then, the machine had been lying idle.

Hospital authorities said the minimum cost of a brain CT scan would be Rs 800, while an abdominal scan would cost Rs 3,000 as compared to Rs 6,000 in private clinics. Private clinics charge Rs 1,500 for a brain CT scan.

"We hope a good number of patients will avail the facility. Today there were no patients as people were not aware that the facility was available again," a senior staff member of the hospital said, adding that the facility would be for both in-house and outdoor patients.

The state hospital will also offer ultrasonography facilities by the end of this week at a nominal charge. source:telegraphindia.com

मेडिकल छात्रों का धरना आज से

रांची। एमसीआई के निर्देश पर रांची विश्वविद्यालय ने प्रथम वर्ष के 32 एमबीबीएस आदिवासी मेडिकल छात्रों की नामांकन रद करने और परीक्षा में शामिल नहीं किए जाने के विरोध में मंगलवार से रिम्स निदेशक के कार्यालय के पास धरना देंगे। यह निर्णय सोमवार को रिम्स के बैडमिंटन हॉल में हुई ट्राइबल मेडिकल एसोसिएशन व ट्राइबल मेडिकल स्टूडेंट गार्जियन फोरम की संयुक्त बैठक में लिया गया। source:in.jagran.yahoo.com

First day in college - A Few Tips

Mumbai: The transition from uniforms to trendy clothes, and from teachers to professors can bring with it a mixed bag of emotions for youngsters who are about to set their foot into college on the first day.
 

Youngsters might have to deal with anxiety, excitement and nervousness — emotions that they'll have to learn to take in their stride. Also, fear of facing seniors and the possibility of ragging have to be dealt with.

A few cool tips from those who have already been there and done will surely help youngsters to sail smoothly through the initial days of college.

VJ Juhi Pandey remembers deciding to keep to herself at least for the first week of college. "I thought of keeping to myself for at least a week of college and then take it as it comes. But I remember making a couple of friends on day one and it was a very natural process. I didn't really have to take any extra efforts to do so," she says. "I would definitely tell the young guys to look around, be willing to meet new people, reach out and make friends," she adds.

And what about ragging? This is one sensitive issue that has to be dealt with some amount of maturity. VJ Cyrus Sahukar recalls his day one of college. He says, "I made all kinds of weird plans like wearing spectacles to college so that I look older and don't get ragged. But that of course didn't work because I was making a deliberate effort to escape college and ragging, ultimately I was made to act like a mad dog and had to bark at everyone who entered the college gate." He continues, "If you think that things are getting humiliating, don't be party to that kind of behavior. If it's in good humour, be sporting and don't fear."

Psychologist Deepti Makhija says that some amount of anxiety is very normal. "If you are not experiencing anxiety, you must be lying. The fact that it is normal is soothing. However, don't go overboard with preparing for day one. Just be yourself and have a good time. That is most important," advices Deepti.source:DNAINDIA

UGC,officials open helpline against ragging in Engg. colleges

Kakinada, 11th June: Advising students not to spoil their careers by resorting to ragging, East Godavari district Collector M. Ravi Chandra on Thursday said that Raghavan Committee, appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), had studied the scenario of ragging in educational institutions and recommended stringent action against the guilty.

In a statement here, Mr. Ravi Chandra said that the committee recommended the suspension of students who resorted to ragging, immediate cancellation of benefits like scholarship and fellowship, not allowing them for examinations, with holding their results and suspending them from hostel.

"The committee also recommended levying of fine up to Rs. 2.5 lakh and keeping the offenders away from educational institutions for certain period," he explained. Mr. Ravi Chandra said that the UGC, in association with the BSNL set up a toll-free number 1800-180-5522 for providing assistance to the ragging victims.
 

This was in addition to the website www.helpline@antiragging.net, he said.source:Timesofindia

Hazaribagh medicos call off strike

HAZARIBAGH (Jharkhand): About 150 doctors of Hazaribagh, belonging to the Jharkhand Health Services Association (Jhasa), called off their strike on the third day following assurances by the administration that those behind the assault of a colleague would be brought to book.

Earlier in the day some 500 doctors belonging to the Hazaribagh district unit of the IMA also went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with their Jhasa colleagues.

The medicos launched strike on June 14 after their colleague civil surgeon Dr Vijay Kumar Prasad was beaten up in the premises of Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital following the death of accident victim Prakash Kumar of Kanchanpur village whose family alleged medical negligence.

Later in the day, deputy commissioner Vandana Dadel assured a Jhasa and IMA delegation that the administration would clamp down on all those behind the attack on Prasad and ensure proper security in the hospital compound.

Regarding the withdrawal of cases against two doctors of the Hazarfikbagh Sadar Hospital filed by patient's kins, the DC said it will be considered after submission of report by the SDO, Hazaribagh Akhauri Sashank Sinha who has been asked to inquire the entire incident.

A Jhasa spokesman then announced calling off the agitation in the larger interest of the public.

Chief secretary A.K.Singh also took serious note of the assault on civil surgeon and asserted the government will ensure doctors or any other official were present at their places of work in the appointed hours. source:TimesofIndia

HOW TO REDUCE GREEN HOUSE GAS AT HOME

Not every family can afford to fix solar panels to their roofs or erect a wind turbine, but there are still steps you can take to save energy and therefore money.

1. Switch your electricity supply to a green tariff that promises to supply electricity from renewable sources.
 
2. Save on your heating bill by insulating and draught-proofing your home.
 
3. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. They can use one quarter the electricity and last ten times as long.
 
4. Recycle paper, plastic, glass and metals. You not only save natural resources, but the energy that goes into making and transporting them.
 
5. Choose products that have less packaging -then you have less to recycle
 
6. Don't leave electrical equipment, like TVs and computers on standby they can use up to 75% of the electricity they use when turned on.
 
7. Take your mobile phone charger out of the socket when not being used.
 
8. Turn your thermostat down 1°C – you could save 10% on your fuel bills.
 
9. Only use your washing machine when there is a full load. Set your washing machine to warm or cool washes.
 
10. Fix leaking taps. A hot tap dripping could waste enough water each day for one bath.
 
11. Don't overheat your water. The recommended level is 60°C.
 
12. A full freezer uses less electricity than a half empty one – and if that isn't a good reason for buying more ice cream….
 
13. Kettles – if you don't need a full kettle of water don't boil a full kettle of water!
 
14. Dry your washing outside on the line when the weather is fine.
 
15. Hang reflective foil (with the shiny side facing the radiator) behind radiators fitted to outside walls to reduce heat loss.
 
16. Line your curtains and close them at dusk.
 
17. When choosing electrical appliances, make sure what you are buying is energy efficient.
 
18. Wearing t-shirts in winter and turning the heater up is just silly, put on warmer clothes.
 
19. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room ...... unless somebody else is still in the room!
 

Welcome to college - Make College Ragging Free

BANGALORE: A colourful rangoli at the entrance, a huge banner saying 'Welcome to College', sugar candy for new comers... Colleges are getting ready to welcome their new students.

With hardly a week left for I PU classes to begin, colleges across the city are bustling with energy that marks the memorable opening day.

Various colleges are laying out the red carpet differently. For instance, G R Group of Educational Institutions is going traditional, with a Saraswati pooja and rangoli. "We want to make it eco-friendly. We won't allow any decorations with paper or plastic," founder-director Geetha Ramanujam said.

Most colleges have scheduled the induction programme on the first day, at which students will be briefed on the college rules and regulations. "We want them to get a feel of college. Classes will be only for two hours. It'll be an ice-breaking session," said M Prakash, principal, Sheshadripuram First Grade College, Yelahanka.

Colleges are trying to get top names for the inaugural session. "We have roped in K R Srinivasan, former director-general of police as the chief guest," said principal A P Rao of Vijaya PU College. For NMKRV, it is educationist Ali Khwaja, who will speak on career counselling.

Students need not fear ragging at all, assure college officials. "We don't need to specifically talk about it but on our campus, we don't allow ragging. The new students can feel completely safe," said SBMJ College principal B T Venkatesh.

Some like Reva College said they have already formed discipline committees which will go around the campus and keep a strict check on ragging. Other colleges don't want to lose the spirit of fun. "During the ice-breaking session, students need to introduce themselves. If someone is good in dancing, others can ask her to dance. This will happen only when the teachers are around," said Prakash.

Some colleges are also figuring out dress codes. While most want students to "dress appropriately", others are putting codes in place. "MES students must follow the code designed by the college, which consists of formal outfits for boys and salwaar-kameez with dupatta for girls," said principal Prabhavati B G.
As students anxiously wait for Day 1, colleges seem to be making all efforts to make it a smooth ride. source

Upgradation of RIMS Ranchi

Upgrade of 13 existing government medical college institutions

The Cabinet on Friday approved the Revised Cost Estimates (RCE) for setting up six new All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-like institutions and upgrade of 13 government medical college institutions under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) (Phase I) for an outlay of Rs.9,307.62 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had earlier approved the scheme for Rs.3,975.99 crore. Due to substantial changes in the cost and scope of the works, the requirement of funds has increased necessitating a fresh Cabinet approval. The allocation made for the PMSSY-Phase I projects for the XI Plan was Rs.3,955 crore. The additional expenditure involved would be Rs.5,535.62 crore.

Tertiary health care

However, the allocation of XI Plan is sufficient to meet the expenditure in the remaining two years of the plan period. The new institutions/upgraded facilities in the existing medical colleges would provide tertiary health care facilities in and around the location and adjoining districts/States in the country. The projects under Phase-I are spread over 19 locations in the 16 States.

The new AIIMS-like institutions are located at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand). These institutions would be completed by 2012.

The institutes to be upgraded are Government Medical Colleges at Thiruvananthapuram, Salem, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jammu and Srinagar; NIMS, Hyderabad; SGPGIMS, Lucknow; B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad; RIMS, Ranchi; IMS, BHU, Varanasi; SVIMS, Tirupati; and Grants Medical College, Mumbai. source

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