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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

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

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