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The Jharkhand State Aids Control Society (JSACS) will create an HIV awareness programme for medical students at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Tuesday.

B P Chaurasia, additional project director at JSACS, said it was necessary to sensitize medical students as they would later treat patients.

"The director, Tulsi Mahto, himself came with this proposal to sensitize the students at the ongoing Synergy fest. This is the time when students are in a relaxed mood and they can have a healthy and friendly discussion and try to get answers to their queries. There is awareness in the urban area but rural areas also need awareness," said Chaurasia.

"It's these medical students who, later in life, will handle such critical cases. So I chose the fest for this programme and requested JSACS for the same," said Tulsi Mahto.

"Many patients from rural areas come for treatment at RIMS. So if students are aware about the disease, they can help make these people aware of the virus. There is also an Integrated Counselling Test Centre (ICTC) at RIMS where HIV positive patients are treated and counselled," said Chaurasia.and also the patients can get the medicines for the treatment at the Anti Retroviral Therapy ( ART) centre .

An interactive session will be arranged for specific queries.

A blood donation camp will also be organized on the day. We have planned to hold a session where the students will be given all the details about the disease. Then we can have an interaction with the students where their queries will be answered. We have also planned to hold a blood donation camp during this sensitization programme." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sporting spirit on RIMS Synergy

It's time for students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to warm up before the big show begins at the Synergy fest. On Day 2 of athletic events on Sunday, students queued up to participate in javelin throw, track races and shot put, among other sports.

"I am participating in javelin throw just to enjoy the sport. I am not a champion (javelin) thrower. In will be in my final year soon and will be busy with studies. So I am trying to enjoy the moment as much as possible," said Pallavi Lakra, a third year student.

Rehearsals for the cultural programmes, slotted for Wednesday, are also on. Participants are busy tuning up for their big performance. "We all wait for Synergy as most of the time we remain occupied with studies," said Tapomita Gupto, a member of the co-ordinating team of the cultural programme.

There will be a special performance by danseuse Shovana Narayan. Shashi Yashi, who is one of the participants, said "I have participated in shot-put and even in cultural programmes. We are putting a programme in which we will be focusing on women atrocities like female foeticide, eve teasing and many more. It's a group performance which will be on second day of the cultural programme."

Basant Kumar, who is participating in the singing event, said, "Synergy is the time to show our talent. I am quite excited. I am practising hard." source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

RIMS to raise body bomb spotters

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Doctors at the post-mortem department of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi may soon add metal detectors to their set of surgical tools in apprehension of another body bomb rerun.

The management of the state-run hospital has decided to convene a meeting and discuss the issue with senior doctors and security in-charge. It will approach the health department for necessary funds.

This safety tizzy has been prompted by a bizarre January 9 autopsy, when a 2kg improvised explosive device (IED) was found planted in the abdomen of a CRPF jawan who was killed in a Maoist ambush in Latehar three days before. It took two bomb squads more than four hours to disarm the IED, extract it from the body and then subject it to controlled explosion on the hospital premises.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto, who earlier headed the forensic medicine and post-mortem department of the institute, confirmed the metal detector proposal while speaking to The Telegraph and said that extra precaution was the need of the hour.

"Autopsy is a medico-legal formality in case of unnatural or accidental deaths. Ever since our post-mortem team received a body with a bomb, we started thinking what should be done to prevent a disaster in the future. So far, we have zeroed in on handheld metal detectors, which can easily be provided to doctors," he said.

Mahto indicated that besides handheld metal detectors, they were looking at other gadgets that could give away the presence of explosives inside a body. "One of these will be at the disposal of the post-mortem department and regularly used before examinations," he added.

Anirudha Singh, a retired IAF officer, pointed out that handheld detectors just inform about presence of metal inside a body. "However, high-resolution X-ray machines, like those used at airports, can be more precise in identifying explosives inside bodies," he said.

CRPF DIG B.K. Sharma seconded the suggestion. "Once metal is spotted with the help of a detector, the X-ray machine can be used to assess its hazardous nature," he said.

Security in-charge of the hospital Bablu Khan said the RIMS management was thinking in the right direction.

"We have more than 1,000 patients and over 2,000 attendants, doctors and paramedical staff at any given time of the day. A bomb in a body for autopsy is an unprecedented incident here or anywhere. What if the body bomb went off that day. There would have been so many casualties. We cannot take the matter lightly," he said.

According to Khan, RIMS currently has 10 handheld metal detectors and one doorframe metal detector, which are used as a security filter when visitors enter the hospital. "Some more such gadgets can be provided to doctors who conduct post-mortem. It will keep everyone safe," he added. source-telegraphindia.com

International Travelling Uranium Film Festival will begin on January 15

International Travelling Uranium Film Festival will begin here on January 15 to spread awareness on nuclear issue and engage people in developments related to nuclear energy.

The three-day festival will screen some of the world's best videos, documentaries, fiction films and animation movies covering various facets of the issue.

The festival started in Delhi on January 4 and travelled to Shillong. Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities, which hosted the event.

"The response of the audience was good in these cities. People wanted the movies to be screened in the rural areas also to create awareness among them," said Shriparaksh, the Indian co-coordinator of the film festival.

Shriprakash said a variety of films would help in creating a total picture, bring to light the pros and cons of nuclear energy and help people take a stand on the issue.

"The film festival will also screen various genres of films from animation, short film, fiction and comedy. Last year, the festival was hosted in Brazil and that is when we decided to bring the festival here.

Talking about the films, Shriprakash said: "The inaugural film will be an animated movie 'Leonid's Story', which is 19 minutes long and is directed by Rainer Ludwigs.

Some movies like 'Radioactive Wolves', a 52-minute film directed by Klaus Feichtenberger basically talks about the aftermaths of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the animal population 25 to 30 years after it took place.

'Into Eternity' directed by Michael Madsen got the best feature documentary jury award in 2011, which talks about the underground space being built by Finland to preserve the nuclear wastes and the challenges they face while doing it."

The inauguration will be held at Central University of Jharkhand. Next day the film festival will be held at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sceinces which will conclude with the 'Synergy Fest' going at RIMS.

On the third day, films will be screened for general public at International Library and Cultural Centre (IILC).

"There will be a panel discussion at the RIMS with the students as health is an issue attached with nuclear energy. At IILC, the panel discussion will be held with experts and film critics. Students of central university will get an exposure to different genres of movies. If they have made any such movie, they can show it to the directors here," said Shriprakash.

Norbert G Shuchanek, the international festival director, said: "Brazil is a country which is investing a lot in nuclear energy by building nuclear submarines, nuclear power plants.source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

"Synergy Fest" off-stage events which will start from Wednesday

Students of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), who were usually seen in white aprons at hospital wards, are nowadays donning sports jersey playing carrom, basketball, football, table tennis, kho-kho and all indoor and outdoor games on the campus. But girls, especially those who are not sports enthusiasts, are waiting for the off-stage events to take place.

The off-stage events which will start from Wednesday include nail art, rangoli competition, calligraphy, face painting, hair styling and make-up. Girls say they are usually interested in events like these for which they hardly get time in the institute.

Be it off-stage or sporting events, RIMS students are enjoying themselves in the "Synergy Fest" that began on Sunday. "I am interested in hair styling, make up and nail art. We remain so busy with our studies that we hardly have spare time left for nail art or hair styling," But courtesy to the fest each year that we participate in such exciting events once a year where we can show our talents besides the studies," said Priyamvada Tiwary, a second-year MBBS student.

Rajni Kumari, a second-year student, was excited. "This is my second year in college. I was new in the first year for which I couldn't enjoy much in the annual meet last year. And I am not very much interested in sports activities because of which I am eagerly waiting for the off-stage activities to begin in which I can participate. I have a passion for 'rangolis' and have many designs in mind which I am going to apply during the competition and hope to win."

On day three of the fest, both boys and girls were enjoying table tennis, carom, kho-kho. In the evening, students participated enthusiastically in lawn tennis and basketball. "It's amazing time we all are having here participating in various competitions in the fest. I am more of a sportsperson and trying to participate in most of the events like table tennis and badminton," said Abhishek Kumar, who has been the winner last year in table tennis. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Synergy Fest 2013 at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)

Synergy Fest began at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Sunday amid enthusiasm among the students, teachers and the staff. The 19-day programme will have sports and cultural events.

On Day 1, the sports event began with indoor games badminton, carom and chess. "Usually we are busy with our daily classes and ward duties that hardly leave us time for amusement. This type of fests helps us rejuvenate ourselves. It's a nice time when we all enjoy and have fun. We are very excited for the cultural programmes especially the military band performance," said Shashi Yashi, a third-year MBBS student.

Vikas Kumar, a second-year student, was quite excited for the sports events. "I love playing badminton and track race. This is the time when everyone spends some relaxing time from the daily schedule. We are also gearing up for the competitions which will start from Monday and I have already planned to participate in the photography competition as photography is my passion."

Director Tulsi Mahto said the programme was an annual event held for the whole family of RIMS. There will be various sports events including indoor and outdoor games.

Simultaneously there will be many competitions from drawing, mehendi, rangoli and such competitions. Various cultural programmes like putting up various food, games and amusement stalls will take place.

"The cultural programmes will start on the last three days from January 23. Students from each batch will perform 'shades of RIMS' on various social issues.

The latest social issue which has gripped the nation is Delhi gang rape. Our students will perform a cultural programme on women's safety which will be in narrative and musical,". Military band will perform in the closing ceremony on January 25,"said Mahto. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Dynamic assured career promotion (ACP) issue of RIMS doctors

Doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are on the warpath after the government reportedly denies them dynamic assured career promotion (ACP) and other retirement benefits.

On Wednesday, the doctors wore black badges. A signature campaign was also launched in which 100 doctors signed. Prabhat Kumar, secretary, Jharkhand Medical Teachers' Association, said the protest would continue for two more days after which they would decide their strategy. If the health department doesn't solve the issue, they will meet the chief minister Arjun Munda. If the matter remains unsolved even then, the doctors will go to court as the last resort, he said.

"If the government fails to give us our due benefits, we will not be able to avail post-retirement benefits of pension and gratuity. Since 2011, we have been meeting health minister Hemlal Murmu and principal secretary (health) K Vidyasagar, only to get assurances. We were recruited by the Bihar government when the state wasn't formed. When Jharkhand was carved out, we thought that we would automatically become the doctors of the Jharkhand government," said Kumar.

Kumar also said till date they did not receive the dynamic ACP which had been implemented in other states. "The dynamic ACP is to be received as per the 6th Pay Commission but the RIMS doctors have not received it unlike other government doctors in the state. We have approached the health minister and the principal secretary many times but received only assurances since 2011."

The RIMS was formed in 2002 and three years later it started recruitment. In 2003 and 2005, the doctors were asked to opt either to work as doctors employed by the government or by the RIMS. As majority of them opted for the RIMS, they were absorbed on the condition that they would avail all government benefits, Kumar said. A list of these doctors was sent by the RIMS director to the health department in 2005 and the department approved it in 2008. At present, there are 130 doctors employed by the RIMS.

Vidyasagar said, "These doctors are absorbed by the RIMS and not employed by the government. But we will try to look into their demands whether they are legally right or not." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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