Minister Jayantakumar appeals to doctors to be sincere in their profession
Expressing his sadness over the death of woman under post natal care at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) today, minister of Health and Family Welfare, L. Jayantakumar Singh appealed to doctors of the state to follow their professional ethics with empathy and sincerity in treating patients.
The minister mentioned during a felicitation programme for best performing 102 National Ambulance Service (NAS) vehicle under Janani Shisu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) held at 102 Call Centre located at Lamlong Bazar today. The programme was organised by State Health Society, Manipur in association with M/s Heirang Info, Manipur.
He said that the suspension of Dr Tensubam Nimmi was exemplary and executed after much discussion. He said that the doctor has had complaints from the public as two of her patients have passed away in one year and under circumstances bordering on malpractice. “The government cannot take her mistake lightly and we had to take the decision with a heavy heart,” he said.
Jayantakumar said that comparing to other occupations, a doctor should be providing a dedicated and committed service to the society irrespective of caste and creed. There should be a humane touch as doctors have the expertise and training to save lives.
A life and death situation can be mitigated by the physician with timely and expert medical treatment thus bringing a change in an individual’s life.
He informed that NAS is one of the components of JSSK scheme which was launched in 2011 by the government of India with an objective to provide better health services for women and children. But in the state, NAS was inactive quite a long time due to lack of awareness, he said.
Nevertheless, the public has started to avail the service from the past few months. However more effort is still needed to create mass awareness about the service, he added.
Stating his keynote address, deputy director of Health Services, who is also the state nodal officer of 102 NAS, Dr. Probin Chandra Arambam said that NAS provides transportation of pregnant women and sick infants from home to health centre, inter facility transfer and drop back to home free of cost. He further said that during the National Program Coordination Committee (NPCC) 2019-2020 discussion, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had expressed concern about low achievement under NAS in Manipur.
The performance of the state has led union ministry to direct the state to monitor the performance and improve the performance up to minimum three trips and 75 kms per day before approval of six months (i.e. October 19-March 20) is given, he added.
He further said that performance has remarkably improved in first quarter of 2019-2020. This year, the service covered 1154 trips and 19,445 Km in April, 1990 trips and 26,107 Km in May, 2779 trips and 30,454 Km in June and 3758 trips and 32,584 Kms in July.
The programme was presided by director, Health and Family Welfare Service, Dr. K. Rajo Singh. 10 drivers of NAS (5 each from hill and valley districts) were felicitated.
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