MS pooh-poohs media coverage
By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
A three-member committee appointed by the High Court of Manipur has conducted a spot enquiry today at Regional Institute of Medical Science in connection with the alleged irregularities in the administration.
The three members committee headed by High Court registrar (administration), N. Rojit was appointed by the single bench of High Court acting chief justice, N. Kotiswar after taking up suo motu PIL case against the institute.
The case was taken up on the basis of recent news reports published in local dailies that one of the PG students of the institute wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister’s office complaining of existence of multiple irregularities in the administration of the institute.
According to source the committee arrived at the institute’s administrative block and conducted official enquiries in the presence of RIMS director and medical superintendent.
Later the committee accompanied by the medical superintendent entered every block and department of the institute and inspected machineries rooms and recorded present positions of those machineries.
Meantime a team of media persons who went to cover the inspection were refused entry by the medical superintendent, Dr. Arun saying that it would not be appropriate to have media coverage during the inspection.
It may be mentioned that the said media report regarding the open letter to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi by the PG student cited series of irregularities in the institutes, which includes non-functioning of MRI machine, ceasing of CT scan, no ventilator in SICU, no monitor, unavailability of NICU and only one functional USG machine.
The open letter also mentioned that patients have to purchase all the medicine from outside including iron and folic acid tablets, there is no defibrillator in the casualty ward, and above all financial irregularities.
Earlier on November 7 the court directed the institute’s authority to submit a report on or before November 20 regarding the matter.
The court also directed RIMS authority to allow three members of the committee to access all the departments and offices of the institute and also their official documents while making enquiries.
It also further ordered that the committee is free to report on any other glaring shortcoming in the functioning of the health care rendered by RIMS if it comes to their notice during the enquiry.