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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

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