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Juniors urged to speak out against ragging at RIMS(Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences)

RANCHI: The issue of junior students being subjected to ill-treatment by seniors on the campus of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences this academic season could be heard at campus discussions but when it came to lodging formal complaints, everything was brushed under the carpet.

It was collaborative effort of the institution, faculty members and a handful senior students that hushed up the matter. This saved the institution from earning a bad name and seniors from strict punishment as has been made mandatory.

Acknowledging the gap in principles and practice that most of the educational institutions follow when it comes to checking ragging, the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of the Ranchi University and the District Legal Services Authority (DALSA) arranged a programme on the institute campus on Tuesday and encouraged students to come up with complaints.

While a group of advocates counselled junior and senior students about legal implications of being found guilty of ragging, director, RIMS, Tulsi Mahato, administered the oath to all students that they should never indulge in acts which are construed to be criminal offences in the eyes of the law.

Coordinator NSS at the Ranchi University, Prakash Jha, said some reports of ragging were reported from RIMS but not a single formal complaint reached the institution.

"Juniors are always afraid of lodging complaints against seniors as a result of which ragging cases are hardly reported," he said, adding that institutions, too, try to avoid taking action fearing bad name being brought to the institute.

"We invited the students to join NSS so that extra time, if any, is spent in constructive social work instead of planning ways to humiliate juniors.

Addressing students and faculty members, secretary DALSA, SM Hussain, said the institution should ensure that the identity of the complainant is not revealed. "In case any one is apprehensive of lodging a complaint with the institute they can come up to my office and leave the petition," he said, assuring that the identity would not be revealed.

The advocates reminded the institution of the mandatory guidelines it has to follow like the constitution of an anti-ragging committee and displaying contact numbers of officials designated to check the menace. "The institute must display the penal provisions and encourage juniors to come up with complaints instead of hushing up the matter," Jha said. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


CAG report - massive waste of Blood in RIMS Blood Bank

One unit of blood can save three lives, but at Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), 699 precious units were allowed to go waste between 2006 and 2009, the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report tabled in the Assembly on Monday said.

The public funds monitor dedicated 25 pages to RIMS in its voluminous report, which tore into the hospital's claims of being the state's premier health institution.

The report said the four ambulances in RIMS were used more for carrying doctors and other staff than patients. Of the 1,663 trips made by the ambulances between 2005 and 2010, 509 were for official purposes, 841 times for carrying doctors, and only 313 times for ferrying patients.

RIMS was set up in 2002 by upgrading Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) to a centre of excellence in medical research and education. It was further upgraded as a super-speciality hospital with an outlay of Rs 120 crore in 2004 under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

However, the CAG report said it had failed to achieve any of the objectives for which it was set up.

"Major targets like setting up a dental college and super-speciality departments and upgrading existing departments were not achieved," the report said, adding that service delivery to patients was also not satisfactory.

"Though creation of a dental college was envisaged in the RIMS Act, it was not established even after incurring an expenditure of Rs 6.80 crore," the report said.

The CAG report pointed out despite the fact that Rs 30.97 crore had been spent on building and equipment, upgrade of existing departments remained a distant dream while the OPD was still not fully equipped to handle the rush of patients.

The public funds monitor also found serious irregularities in utilisation, installation and functioning of equipment worth Rs 9.54 crore bought between 2005-10.

For example, one cardiac defibrillator, three sets of ventilators, two OT tables and two OT lights bought for the oncology department for Rs 35.64 lakh between 2006 and 2009 had been lying idle till June 2010 as the operation theatre was not functional.

The cath lab installed at a cost of Rs 3.30 crore in October 2008 remained idle till March 2010 in the absence of specialist cardiac surgeons.

The CAG also found that the drug testing mechanism was inadequate. "During 2006-07, 20,000 vials of Ceftriaxone injection, valued at Rs 5.22 lakh and declared sub standard by the drug inspector, were administered to the patients," it said.

The shortage of doctors/teaching faculty varied between 44 to 89 per cent among different cadres.

The report pointed out that RIMS received grants from the Jharkhand State Disease Assistance Fund for specialised treatment of BPL patients suffering from critical diseases. "It was found that grants of Rs 50.95 lakh for 105 patients were received by RIMS during 2003-09. However, only Rs 16.95 lakh was utilised and the rest was refunded," CAG said. source-telegraphindia.com

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