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Medical Council of India (MCI) representative inspected the department of forensic medicine and toxicology at RIMS in Ranchi

Medical Council of India (MCI) representative S.K. Chhatarwal, who inspected the department of forensic medicine and toxicology at RIMS in Ranchi on Tuesday, professed dissatisfaction with what he saw.

MCI inspects medical colleges running postgraduate courses before renewing affiliations every year.

In 2010, at the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, RIMS, the number of postgraduate (PG) seats was raised from two to three.

Chhatarwal, a doctor at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science, Rohtak, Haryana, first visited the PG research laboratory. He recommended RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and other employees to keep the equipment in an organised manner.

Chhatarwal asked the authorities to visit other PG institutes and learn how to maintain a research lab.

The deep freezer at the department caught his eye as its temperature showed –20°C instead of —4°C. At the post-mortem room, the exhaust fan was not working.

"Are you satisfied with the facilities? Will you recommend anyone to get inside under such nauseating conditions?" Chhatarwal asked the staff as they fumbled for replies.

Later, visiting the library, he asked for medical journals that the institution subscribes to. Unfortunately, he failed to get any international journal in his hands.

Chhatarwal inspected the forensic medicine and toxicology (FMT) museum and conference hall for nearly two hours after which he conducted a physical verification of professors.

However, RIMS director Mahto told The Telegraph that he was happy with the overall show. "An examinee can talk about his own performance. It is up to the evaluator to assess the performance. I believe the department will get affiliation as there are very few flaws. Those pointed out by Chhatarwal would be rectified soon," he said.

The department has two professors, two associate professors, two tutors, two medical officers, a toxicologist and an assistant professor. "RIMS has teaching manpower recommended by the MCI to conduct PG studies," Mahto said. source-telegraphindia.com

MCI inspection of RIMS

Medical Council of India (MCI) representative Pradeep Garg visited RIMS in Ranchi on Thursday to take stock of resources available at the cradle and expressed satisfaction with what he saw.

The visit was part of an MCI inspection carried out regularly at institutes running postgraduate courses in medicine. The number of postgraduate seats at RIMS was raised from 12 to 16 in 2010.

Accompanied by RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and doctors N.K. Jha and R.S. Sharma, Garg reached RIMS at 9.30am and inspected the operation theatre, surgical wards, outdoor patients' department and academic area. He also checked admission and registration records of patient. The visit took over three hours.

Although Garg lauded the authorities on the overall maintenance of RIMS, he did not forget to come up with some suggestions aimed at benefiting doctors and patients alike. For example, he asked a senior house surgeon as to how they distinguished between an old patient and a new one. On receiving no response from the stumped doctor, Garg suggested adopting a system of differentiating between old and new patient.

"Unless such systems are adopted, it will be difficult to find out the number of new entrants on a daily basis. Also, following up on old patients and understanding their case-history on subsequent visits won't be easy," he said.

He also advised that only patients and their attendants should be allowed inside the medical area. source-telegraphindia.com

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi overcrowded

Though the project to convert Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to a regional centre of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has been left in a limbo, the hospital is now crumbling under the pressure of overcrowding patients.

As against the bed strength of 1,300, the hospital caters to patients almost double this figure on any given day. Rough estimates suggest that as against the national average of one hospital bed per 330 patients, Jharkhand has an abysmally low figure of one bed for every 3,300 patients.

The lack of medical care infrastructure at the district level is being diverted to RIMS which is the only premiere government hospital in the state. The RIMS management said the hospital was rechristened to RIMS from Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) in 2002 after the formation of the state. But owing to increasing footfall, the overall situation has deteriorated instead of improving. "We are now facing severe shortage of doctors and other medical facilities to cater to increased demands of the patients," said RIMS director Tulsi Mahto.

RIMS has been known for providing excellent medical facilities because of good doctors. It has been the destination for patients from not only Jharkhand but neighbouring states like Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha because it has seen a long and successful journey of medical service. "We cannot deny treatment to any patient but there is a human limit to all services and the solution lies in strengthening the infrastructure of government hospitals so that only those requiring tertiary care are transferred here," said one of the retired doctors in the department of cardiology.

The number of patients in medicine, general surgery, neuro surgery and orthopaedics has always been higher than the capacity. As against 500 beds in these four departments, the number of patients admitted was around 743. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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