Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday called upon doctors, nurses and other medical staff to maintain professional ethics while discharging their duties, considering their services are very crucial for providing better healthcare to the society.
Recalling an incident where a doctor's association threatened to cease duty in demand for salary increment during the COVID pandemic, he said having such mentality by medical staff is unfortunate.
Biren was delivering the chief guest speech during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Raj Medicity Multi Speciality Hospital at Khurai Chingangbam Leikai in Imphal East.
He maintained that the establishment of advanced and multi-speciality hospitals will not only provide access to better healthcare but will help in developing medical tourism in the state.
Also stating that JNIMS will have a Cancer Hospital by March 2023, he informed that the hospital will be run in collaboration with an America based 'Karkinos' and the construction work is going on in full swing.
The cancer hospital will greatly help in screening, diagnosing as well as providing the best forms of treatment to patients in the state besides eliminating the need to go outside the state for seeking treatment, thereby reducing the cost and expenditure, he added.
With the upgradation of 150 MBBS seats in JNIMS, opening of Churachandpur Medical College and Shija Medical College, Manipur will now be able to produce 500 MBBS every year, he said, adding it will facilitate the issue of shortages of doctors.
The state government is also planning to set up medical colleges in some of the specific districts and introduce super specialty unity in government hospitals, he added.
He also highlighted the importance given by the government in health care by ways of introducing schemes such as PMJAY, CMHT and Health for All.
Stating that the Health for All was introduced as the people of the state do not follow the procedure of routine medical check-up, he informed that so far, the scheme had covered above 700 villages and more than three lakh individuals.
Such early testing and diagnosis of the non-communicable diseases would help in early treatment and effective treatment, he added.
Recalling the hardships faced by the people during the COVID pandemic due to lack of medical facilities, shortages of oxygen cylinders and supply, the chief minister lauded Raj Medicity for its humanitarian service during the pandemic.
Delivering the keynote address, managing director of Raj Medicity, Haobijam Rajen, informed that the hospital, as an implementing partner of CHMT and PMJAY, has treated around 1,500 patients free of cost every month.
Stating that its upcoming hospital in Khurai will be employing at least 1,500 staff and will introduce the organ transplant facilities and open-heart surgery, he assured that the first opportunities for the staff recruitment will be given to the locals of Khurai.
The programme was also attended by Health Minister S Ranjan; PWD Minister Govindas Konthoujam; PHED Minister L Susindro and other MLAs.