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No SC verdict on NEET - 90,000 medical students waiting anxiously

After exposing the rot in medical education, CNN-IBN now turns its focus to the plight of medical students who are caught in the stand-off between private colleges and the government. With the Supreme Court decision on the single entrance exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) still pending, admissions are yet to happen, leaving the future of 90,000 students hanging.

The suspense is leading to anger and frustration among students. Dr Ravi Shankar, a PG aspirant, said, "What is the Supreme Court doing? I have been to the court and our matter never comes up for hearing. Summer vacations are about to start. What happens then?"

"I am one of the PG aspirants. I am jobless. I need an answer right now. The delay is creating mass agony," said another PG aspirant Dr Ankita. "We have 40 exams after MBBS. How can a person write 40 exams in two months? How can I go to Kashmir, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat. How can I write all the exams," questioned another aspirant, Dr Farooq Ahmed.

Upset with the delay in the admission process, medical students have been organising protest rallies and dharnas across the country demanding a single admission test. The medical education stand-off started with the MCI proposing a common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG Medical Courses. Opposing this, private medical and dental colleges moved the Supreme Court. Asking for time, the apex court ordered the MCI to conduct NEET and also allowed all states and private colleges to conduct their entrance exams but not declare results till the court's verdict is out.

The delay in the Supreme Court verdict is becoming a source of angst among aspiring medicos who feel the system is working hand in glove with private colleges. Will medical education get a new lease of life with NEET or will the circle of corruption continue? source-http://ibnlive.in.com

Jharkahnd state Hospitals not ready for haemophiliacs

Government hospitals, including Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, are not equipped to treat haemophilia patients in the state and have to source medicines either from Mumbai or Delhi, which is a costly affair.

Two patients, both in their twenties, died last month at RIMS. They were admitted in a critical condition but due to non-availability of factors VIII and IX drugs. Patients require infusion of deficient clotting factors VIII and IX.

According to Santosh Jaiswal, secretary of the Jharkhand chapter of Haemophilia society, the government should have better infrastructure. Till date, the government has not made safe clotting factors available at state hospitals.

There are 300 people suffering from the disease in the capital and a total of 5,000 registered cases with the haemophilia society in the state. The patients are in dire need of drugs that are very costly and cannot be afforded by them. Patients are given Cryo Precipitates, which were available in the blood bank of RIMS.

In other medical colleges in the state, like Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur and Pataliputra Medical College and Hospital in Dhanbad, the condition is equally appalling. There is no facility to treat critical patients in Jamshedpur.

Sumitro Hajra, secretary of Jamshedpur chapter of the haemophilia society, said Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH) has nothing for ailing patients.

"There are 50 patients registered with our chapter (in Jamshedpur). If any such emergency situation occurs, we move the patient to RIMS immediately. We have requested the medical superintendent of MGMMC to establish a separate hemophilia centre in the hospital," said Hazra.

Dr Govind Sahay, chairman of medical advisory board of the haemophilia society said, "Factor replacement is the only cure which can be done in the process of treating of the disease. Presently we have to buy the drugs from the Delhi and Bombay chapter of hemophilia society who in turn buy these factors from World Hemophilia Society(WHS) Canada."

A patient requires 1,000 unit of factors per day in case of heavy bleeding which costs Rs 15000 per day. In acute conditions the cost may rise to more than 20, 000 a day. Till now, state health department has done nothing on its part to bring any relief for the patients. The director-in - chief of health, P Chandra, has made a proposal to the government of India for making the drug available here and is waiting for the approval.

Chandra said, "We have finally sent the proposal to the central government for accessing the drugs at reasonable cost under National Rural Health Mission."

Head of the department of spleen, of Pataliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Dhanbad, Dr PK Sanger said, "There is no facility for such patients in the hospital. Although there is blood separators but the drugs are not available nor is the hospital equipped for any such facility for handling patients. We refer patients to Ranchi."

Santosh Jaiswal said the state government has sent a proposal of Rs 2.50 crore to NRHM separately, especially for making the drugs available. Earlier, the drug was not included in the Essential Drug List that is meant for life saving drugs. With the effort of hemophilia society, the drug was included in the list. Now the government will be liable for buying the drugs under the fund that is being allotted to the health department. source-http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Lack of Fire safety in govt hospitals in Ranchi

It is hard to believe that a hospital where people go to save their lives can put them at risk. But that's the bitter truth of the city where most government hospitals fail to comply with fire safety norms.

The Sadar hospital in the city does not have a single firefighting equipment in the wards. Perhaps it is waiting for a tragedy to strike putting the lives of 500 patients in the hospital at stake before swinging into action.

When TOI asked the district superintendent about the lack of fire fighting equipment, he admitted the lapse and said despite floating tenders several times, nobody came forward, owing to which the installation of the equipment has been stuck for long.

"We have invited the locals to take up the work order. I am not financially empowered. All I can do is send a missive and I have already done that," said A K Jha, the district superintendent of the hospital.

Civil Surgeon D K Singh said, "The process of installation of firefighting system is getting delayed but by the end of this month, it is expected to be completed."

The reputed hospital of the capital, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), was also found to be lacking in fire safety measures as none of the wards in the hospital had firefighting systems.

The extinguishers installed in the corridor of the hospital are being used beyond the expiry date and are not equipped to deal with an exigency. The government hospitals do not appear to take the National Fire Safety Week seriously and are yet to take lessons from the Amri incident in Kolkata.

When team TOI entered the neurological ward, patients were found lying on the floor. An official in the hospital, working here for 10 years, said on conditions of anonymity, there is no such firefighting equipment installed in any of the wards.

"There is already a crisis of beds for patients, from where will the firefighting equipment be installed?"

When contacted, Tulsi Mahto, director of RIMS, declined to comment on the matter.

This apart, no hospital has applied for the no-objection certificate (NOC) of the fire services department.

Sudhir Burma, an official of the fire department, said, "As per the government's guidelines, schools, markets, government establishments and hospitals have to adhere to fire safety measures and they cannot flout the norms."

Kumar added, "We issue the NOC to the hospitals only after they ask for suggestions for firefighting measures and only when we are assured that the measures suggested by us are being properly implemented by the authorities." source-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/No-fire-safety-in-most-govt-hospitals-in-Ranchi/articleshow/19625683.cms

RIMS hopeful of 150 MBBS seats

A team from the Medical Council of India ( MCI) was on a two-day visit to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

This has made the RIMS director hopeful of the long-pending recognition of its 150 medical seats.

Director Tulsi Mahto said, "The team inspected the infrastructure at RIMS, including the number of doctors, buildings, various departments and classrooms during the two-day inspection that began on Wednesday. The MBBS seats were increased from 90 to 150 seats in 2011, but the Medical Council of India inspection couldn't take place till now."

"The major area of concern for us right now is to improve the animal house of the pharmacology department as sanitation and the building structure was an issue with them," he added. source-http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-06/ranchi/38326584_1_mbbs-seats-director-tulsi-mahto-medical-council

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