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Security tightened at RIMS, Ranchi

In the wake of untoward incidents within the premises of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), stern measures are being taken by the institute to ensure the safety and security of its students.

Construction of boundary walls in and around the hostel and campus area has been undertaken for the purpose. These steps are being taken in view of the spurt of incidents of eve-teasing and nuisance on the campus by anti-social elements in the last few days.

Director RIMS Tulsi Mahato said, "There is an open field just in front of the campus and anti-social elements enter and leave the campus at will. At times, they create nuisance within the campus. So I decided to take the matter into my hands. I have asked the guards to shut the gates of the campus by 8 pm in the night. They have also been asked not to allow any outsider within the institute. As far as the general public is concerned, there is another gate through which they can enter the institute premises."

Speaking further, he added, "I have also asked the guards to report to me if such people enter the campus or create any such nuisance on the campus." Students also complained that the boundary walls near their hostels and other areas on the campus were in urgent need of repair. "For this, work has been started from Wednesday. The safety of the students is top priority for us," added he.

It's the outsiders who are largely responsible for the mess. "As we have to report to our wards at times, we return quite late in the night and these anti-social elements are becoming a big problem for us. Sometime ago, there was also a case of eve-teasing on the campus and hence we thought of taking our grievance to the director," said Priyamvada Tiwary, an undergraduate student. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Ragging charges on transfer certificates - MCI

The all important migration and transfer certificates, issued to students of medical colleges/institutes/universities will now have an entry, apart from those relating to general conduct and behaviour, saying whether the student has been punished for committing or abetting ragging or not.

The certificate will also mention whether the student has displayed persistent violent or aggressive behaviour or any inclination to harm others.

Dealing with ragging with an iron fist, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has written to medical institutes across India reminding them that ragging is a criminal offence. It has also forwarded regulations framed by the MCI on ways to curb ragging to all institutes.

This, they said, will help medical colleges "prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging".

According to the 'Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Medical Colleges/Institutions Regulations', freshers who do not report incidents of ragging either as victims or as witnesses shall also be punished.

MCI has also introduced the concept of collective punishment. It says when those committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution will have to resort to collective punishment.

Making the head of institutions liable, the MCI has decided to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh for each incident of ragging payable by the erring medical college to an authority designated by the government.

It will also declare the erring medical college as not having the minimum academic standards through a public notice posted on the MCI website.

Medical colleges will now have to conduct anonymous random surveys of freshers every fortnight, during the first three months of the academic year, to verify whether the campus is indeed free of ragging or not.

MCI says that because college canteens and hostel messes are places where ragging often takes place, the employers/employees of the canteens/mess shall be given instructions to keep strict vigil and to report incidents.

Access to mobile phones shall be unrestricted in hostels and campuses, except in class-rooms, seminar halls and library. MCI has sent these new regulations on ragging to all medical colleges across India for immediate implementation.

The provision says, "The burden of proof shall lie on the perpetrator of ragging and not on the victim. The institution shall file an FIR with the police whenever a case of ragging is reported, but continue with its own enquiry and other measures without waiting for action on the part of the police. Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the anti-ragging committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following: suspension from attending classes, withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship, debarring from appearing in any examinations, suspension/expulsion from the hostel and a fine of Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh."

The MCI added, "Freshers' welcome parties shall be organized in each department by the senior students and the faculty together soon after admissions, preferably within the first two weeks of the beginning of the academic session, for proper introduction to one another and where the talents of the freshers are brought out properly in the presence of the faculty, thus helping them to shed their inferiority complex, if any, and remove their inhibitions."

Admission advertisement will have to clearly mention that ragging is totally banned/prohibited in the medical college and anyone found guilty of ragging is liable to be punished. The brochure of admission/instruction booklet for candidates will have to print in block letters these regulations in full. The 'prospectus' and other admission related documents shall also have to incorporate all directions of the Supreme Court so that the candidates and their parents are sensitized in respect of the prohibition and consequences of ragging.

"The application form for admission shall have a printed undertaking, in English/Hindi and in one of the regional languages that will have to be filled up and signed by the candidate to admit that the student is aware of the law regarding prohibition of ragging as well as the punishments. They will also have to declare that he/she has not been expelled or debarred from admission by any institution due to ragging," the MCI said.

Medical colleges will now have to arrange for regular and periodic psychological counseling and orientation for students (for freshers separately, as well as jointly with seniors) by professional counselors during the first three months of the new academic year. This has to be done at the institution with parents and teachers being involved. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

RIMS - five doctors this year to resign while three others have applied for voluntary retirement

The doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are an unhappy lot following the reluctance of the administration to fulfil many of their demands, including non-payment of non-practicing allowance (NPA), promotions due for several years, among others. The disgruntlement has compelled five doctors this year to resign while three others have applied for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and many others are already looking for better options.

"The doctors are in an agitated mood here as their demands have not been heard by the director and the state health department. The NPA has been stopped since June and nothing has been done till now for its payment. We started a signature campaign related to the demands last week which RIMS director Tulsi Mahto himself submitted to health minister Hemlal Murmu and principal secretary K Vidyasagar. As per norms the institute has been given the stature of AIIMS, Delhi, then why not the salary and perks the same which we all deserve," said assistant professor, department of anaesthology, Dr Praveen Tiwary.

He added, "It's only the director, senior resident and post-graduate students who are getting the pay and perks according to the AIIMS level. The rest here are given salary as per the state government rules. Apart from this there is discrimination in salary between the same post doctors hold in different departments. The Dynamic Assured Career promotion (ACP) benefits for doctors is also an issue but its only assurances which have been h given to us." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Medical Protection Act

Members of Coordination Committee for Medical Protection Act in Jharkhand met Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Tuesday and gave him draft of proposed model of 'Medical Protection Act' as prepared by the committee.

Chief convener of the co-ordination committee Dr Bharti Kashyap said that the cases of violence and ill treatment of medical professional by family members of patients had been rising in the state. "It undermines the respectability of medical professionals, cause mental problems to them and leads to blockade of medical services across the State," she said.

The Coordination Committee formed in 2011 had the mandate to prepare a draft of Medical Protection Act. They had to meet the Secretary, Health Department, the Health Minister and the CM to make efforts to get the draft discussed in the cabinet to get its approval.

India Medical Association (IMA) Ranchi President RS Das, Jharkhand Ophthalmic Society President BP kashyap, Association of Hospital and Nursing Homes in Ranchi President Yogesh Gambhir are among the members of the coordination Committee. The draft prepared by the committee also has the backing of the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FJCCI).

In 2011 in the committee had met Health Secretary K Vidyasagar twice; in September and in December. They had given him a copy of draft of Medical Protection Act. At that time chiefs of ten different Social Service Institutes had also pledged their written support to the provisions of the draft.

The provisions in the act are inspired by the provisions in Medical Protection Act in various state including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar and others.

According to sources there had not been opposition from any party with the proposed draft but for some reasons it could not be discussed in the cabinet.

Today, to expedite the process of making the 'Medical Protection Act' a reality of the State the committee met Chief Minister led by the committee chief Dr Bharti Kashyap.

After reading the proposed draft of the Medical Protection Act, the CM said that he would take immediate action and talk to the Health Minister and inquire as to why the draft was not discussed in the Cabinet. The CM said, "The proposed draft will be handy in curbing migration of doctors from State." source-dailypioneer.com

32 newborn stabilization units set up

Alarmed at the mortality rate of children in the state within 0-5 years of age, the health department will be setting up 32 newborn stabilization units where proper care will be provided to the infants under the observation of pediatrics under First Referral Units( FRU).

The mortality rate in the state is 59 per 1000 live births according to the latest data of Annual Health Survey (AHS). It has been noticed that most of the children die within 0-1 month of age. "The reasons behind the deaths are breathing problem, under weight and congenital abnormalities. Two special care new born units have been set up in Ghatsila and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). This apart, it was also found 50 per cent children are anaemic here. For such children iron and folic acid syrup is being provided along with Albendazole tablets," said deputy director of health services A K Prasad, laying emphasis on the importance of institutional deliveries.

According to the AHS the infant mortality rate in the state is 41 per 1000 live births and the neo natal mortality is 27 per 1000 live births. As far as malnourishment among children is concerned, Prasad said till now 11,000 children have been treated for malnourishment out of 37,000 identified cases. "There are malnourishment treatment centres (MTC) and some more are going to come up in the near future. There are 61 MTC's. Now there will be an increase and seven more such centres will come up thus raising the level to 68 by the end of this year," Prasad said. In a year, there are 8.9 lakh newborns in Jharkhand according to the AHS data. Prasad said the immunization has reached to 64 per cent and 36 per cent are still left who have to be brought under the immunization programme. "The immunization programme is provided for protection against seven diseases including TB, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and measles. The problem is that people are not aware. We need to spread word so that people especially mothers treat the immunization programme as their right," he said.

The state health department claims that the health parameters have improved. Pointing to the success rate of some of the programmes, the civil surgeon of Sadar hospital, A K Chaudhary, said, "The Janani Surakhsha Yojana (JSK) has reached new heights as the rate of JSK has increased from 13.9 per cent in 2003 to 40 per cent. Similarly, the immunization programme has increased from 9 per cent in 2000 to 64 per cent. We are trying our best so that the benefits of the scheme reaches the people in rural areas for whom the programmes have been designed." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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