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RIMS ready to tackle bird flu cases

The city hospitals said there was no bird flu scare and asked people not to panic after reports of birds dying mysteriously in Khunti district surfaced recently.

While allaying fears, hospital authorities said they were well prepared to handle an emergency situation.

Tulsi Mahto, director, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), appealed to people not to react to rumours of bird flu in the city. "People will be provided treatment (if there is an outbreak) and we are making all arrangements here at RIMS. We have an isolation ward for such patients here as those suffering from bird flu need to be isolated from others and have to be treated separately with proper care. Even those who suspect should come to the hospital and get themselves checked," said Mahto.

D K Singh, a city-based surgeon, said major responsibility of bird flu lies with the veterinary department. It is the veterinary department which will have to keep a check on the birds and send a high alert if such a thing is being reported. "We can provide the medicines which are needed for the treatment of patients and if the situation turns worse, we will refer the patients to RIMS which is not very far from the sadar hospital," said Singh.

Till date, no such case has been reported in the state. Meanwhile, the health department has issued guidelines to all the civil surgeons in the districts to gear up to tackle any suspected case of bird flu is reported and to have full stock of medicines if needed.

On being asked about any alert being issued in the wake of the bird flu scare

after the sudden death of several birds in Khunti, veterinary director, A K Bandhopadyay said "We are following the guidelines of the government of India," he said. Source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Super-specialty wing in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi

The authorities of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are trying their best to start the super-specialty wing by April in accordance with the orders given by the central government.

The Union joint secretary had issued a directive after a review of the super-specialty wing some days ago asking it to start the delivery of health services in this wing by April.

The various units to be started in the super-specialty wing of RIMS include cardiology, urology, oncology and paediatric.

Medical superintendent SK Chaudhary, however, said, "Until the building is prepared and handed over to us, we can't start anything. Once the building, which is 95% complete, is handed over to us, it will be first be tested after which we'll start rolling out the later processes. With the work on the building being more than half-way through, we hope to start the work at the earliest so that common people can start availing of better health facilities here."

The recruitment of paramedic staff and doctors will start once the testing of the building is done, added Chaudhary.

"We have decided to start the super-specialty in a phased manner. Since we do not want to miss the April deadline, we will start operating with the existing staff including doctors. Later, of course, we will recruit more qualified doctors," assured the superintendent. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

RIMS 2011 batch of student stir over exams

 The 2011 batch of students at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) protested after authorities skipped discussion on examination at the syndicate meeting held on Thursday.

Anil Kumar (name changed), a student of batch 2011 of RIMS, said, "No student of our batch filled the form for first year final examination which was to be held in August 2012. According to rules, if the forms are not filled then the examination is considered to be cancelled but the university officials say that the examination will be considered conducted and so we got only one chance to write the paper in the supplementary examination."

"Our demand is that the examination should be re-conducted or we should be promoted to the next class and given a chance to write the paper again as back papers but they are neither giving us a second chance nor are they promoting us to next year," he added.

The students claim that they approached university many times and their demand was accepted in the examination board meeting of Ranchi University but it was cancelled later on in academic council meeting.

Kumar said, "Every time we try to talk to university officials their reaction is negative. Even today we went to meet the syndicate members but they did not listen to us and said that our work will not be done."

On the other hand vice chancellor of Ranchi University LN Bhagat said, "We have already written to the Medical Council of India regarding the matter. If we do not get any directions from them by March 20, we will call a meeting on March 21 to discuss the matter."

The meeting was called on Thursday to approve the decisions taken in the meetings of Academic Council and Affiliation Committee meetings held earlier this year. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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