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Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is facing more problems than it can handle. After having a hard time controlling an irate group of MBBS students who were on strike recently, Rims authorities are probably struggling to end the 'rat race'.

The problem took a serious turn after a local newspaper reported last week that rats bit off a patient's foot in the orthopedic ward. In fact, the rodents are everywhere inside the orthopaedic and paraplegia departments and other units in the basement.

Twelve-year-old Devika Rani, currently nursing a fractured arm at Rims, had to rush out of the toilet one night to save herself from rats. "They were huge and fat," she said.

Ishtiaq Ansari, another patients admitted in the orthopaedic department for over a week and who has to sleep on the floor, also complains of rats. "They nibble on any food and even attack uncovered tiffin boxes and plates," Ishtiaq said.

Patients say unclean toilets and garbage in and around the hospital invite rodents. Upendra Das Goswami, a patient at the paraplegia unit, said a rat climbed on his bed one night. "It is scary as we are restricted to bed," he said.

However, nurses and ward boys blame patients and their relatives, who "litter everywhere", for the problem. Higher up, Rims authorities completely denied that rodents exist inside the hospital.

"We launched an inquiry immediately but did not find any such thing," said Kumari Vasundhara, superintendent, RIMS. "The rats are nearly extinct as pesticide is sprayed at frequent intervals. But we are looking into the matter with utmost priority," she added.

A Rims official, however, admitted that the problem existed though a year ago. "But now, the pest control has done a good job in wiping out the rodent colony. But there can be a few left inside the compound," he said.

"Rodent problem is largely dealt at repeated intervals. From the latest non-toxic glue traps to toxic cakes, everything is used to keep them at bay," a Pest Control India (PCI) personnel said.

But all these hardly manage to allay fears among patients, who live with the problem every day and night. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Govt approves monthly stipend of 1,500 for paramedical students of RIMS

 State health ministry has agreed to give them monthly stipends, thus paying heed to one of their long standing demands. The students will now get Rs1,500 per month during their course.

"The decision was agreed upon earlier this week," said Dr Vivek Kashyap, principal of PCM department at Rims. Their other demands - permanent classrooms and dedicated faculty - are yet to be approved.

"The government said they need some time to meet our other demands," Kashyap added. The paramedical students at Rims are deprived of proper classrooms in their department since its inception and do not have full-time faculty. "Rims itself has a shortage of lecturers because they are tied up with under graduate and PG curriculums. They are unable to devote adequate time to the paramedical students," Kashyap said.

The students have also been demanding to change their apron colours from blue to white. "We look more like petrol pump operators and less like medical students in blue aprons," said Abhishek Kumar, a student at Rims. They have also demanded for hostel facility, which is yet to come their way. "All their demands have been sent to the state government. They are looking into the matter," Kashyap said.

Rims Studentd call off strike

The agitating medical students of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims), who were part of a nationwide protest against a Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to extend the MBBS curriculum to seven and a half years, called off their protests on Saturday as Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union health minister clarified that there was no such proposal. The health minister met with the representatives of the agitating students in New Delhi and cleared the air over such speculations, a press release issued by the health ministry said.

"We called off the peaceful protests after we were assured that the existing tenure of five and a half years of the medical curriculum will remain," said Vidya Charan, a final-year student of RIMS. The proposed curriculum reportedly extended the MBBS undergraduate curriculum by two years. Students would have to spend one more year in internship and at a rural medical facility for a year, adding two more years to the lengthy curriculum.

However, in a letter to the MCI in November last year, the Union health ministry had proposed a year of practice in rural facilities mandatory for a medical graduate before they sought admission in a PG course.

The recommendation managed to stay under wraps all this while before students got the wind of it. It was misinterpreted by the RIMS students, who took to the streets on Wednesday, demanding the repealing of the recommendation. They went on a strike for four hours a day inside the RIMS campus and flashed black badges in condemnation since Wednesday.

The health minister has directed the officials concerned to keep the notification in abeyance. He has also assured that a rural posting will not be mandatory for appearing the PG examination in the 2015-2016 session.

Dr Nisith Ekka, joint secretary of the Jharkhand unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA), which in turn had lent its support to the agitating students, has welcomed the move. "The proposal was unjust and has been rightly taken back," he said. "The government should hire doctors and send them to the rural primary health centres (PHC) rather than forcing them to do so," he added. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

MBBS protest rally against Medical Council of India ( MCI) recommendation of new course

 About 750 medical students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Wednesday took part in a protest rally after the Medical Council of India ( MCI) recommendation to stretch the course tenure by two years. The new proposal if put in place will stretch the five and a half year MBBS course to seven and half years.

"The new recommendation has been sent to the cabinet on November 2013 and is most likely to be approved during the forthcoming annual budget session of the state assembly. We organized the protest immediately after we learnt about it," said Vidya Charan, a final year student. If passed, the syllabus will be in effect from the next academic session beginning 2014. Moreover, it will also affect the students who are midway through their course.

The new curriculum will require students to spend a year more in internship. It also mandates students to stay at a rural medical facility for a year, fueling further discontent among them. "One year is sufficient for a basic internship. The proposed curriculum portrays doctors as irresponsible, who are reluctant to go to rural areas. This is not the solution. If need be ample vacancies should be created rather than applying force," Dr Shekhar Chowdhury, the state secretary of the Inidan Medical Association said.

Undergraduate medical students, dressed in their aprons and nearly 750 in total, began their protest march from the campus around 12pm and reached the IMA office in Karamtoli. The IMA led by vice president Dr Ashoke Prasad, state secretary Dr Shekhar Chowdhury and joint secretary Nishith Ekka promised every possible help.

Wednesday's protests did not affect the work at the hospital as all the departments, including the emergency and OPD, functioned normally. However, situations may worsen as doctors plan to widen their support base and go for an indefinite strike from Monday if necessary actions are not taken. "We are getting in touch with students from the other medical colleges in the state. At the same time, we are waiting for the government to take adequate steps," Charan added. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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