The All manipur Working Journa-lists’ Union (AMWJU) has taken a serious view of the charges levelled by Zomi Students’ Federation (ZSF) against The Sangai Express in connection with series of report published in the said paper with regard to alleged fund misappro-priation in the Power Department. In a meeting of journalists held today at Manipur press Club, all journalists present viewed the stand of the ZSF as an infringement on the freedom of expression, said an AMWJU release adding that if any party feels aggrieved or has a different opinion on any matter appearing in newspapers, they may use the same medium to air their opinion or seek legal redressal. AMWJU also urged the ZSF to retract/withdraw the threat/ultimatum served to the Sangai Express.
Meet on Tipaimukh
After inspecting the site where the controversial Tipaimukh Multipurpose Project is proposed to be set up in connection with issuing forest and envi-ronmental clearance, the members of the Expert Appraisal Committee led by former Union Power Secretary P Abraham today held a meeting with the State Govt officials at Hotel Imphal. The 8-member team of the Expert Appraisal Committee yesterday visited Tipaimukh and Kaimai ahead of the meeting with the officials of the State Govt at Hotel Imphal here today. The meeting also clubbed together with the 13th sitting of the Committee. On leaving Imphal, the Committee would be submitting a report in connection with their inspection visit at the site of the proposed project to the Centre. The visiting Committee members would be leaving Imphal for Delhi tomorrow after sight seeing at Loktak Lake tomorrow morning.
ATSUM urges Govt
IMPHAL, Apr 12: Highlighting the urgency of the famine like situation in Tipaimukh sub-division and other parts of Churachandpur district following mautam phenomenon, the ATSUM has urged upon the State Government to explain the measures it has taken to tide over the harsh situation.
While expressing shock over the death of 11 children in four villages in Tipaimukh division due to the famine like situation as reported in the media, ATSUM informed that two more infants have also died in Lungthulien village.
A press release issued by the ATSUM identified the dead infants as Lalditsak (3 months) s/o Rosanghlei and Lalnunsiem (10 months) d/o Ramropui.
Moreover, three children in Lungthulien and ten others in Leisen village are suffering serious illness at present. Asking the Department concerned if it had not received any official report on the prevailing situation, ATSUM warned that it will shut down the office of Chief Medical Officer, Chura-chandpur in case the Gover- nment fails to come up with some concrete measures by April 15.
Moreover, the office of the Medical Directorate at Imphal will be held responsible for what is happening in Churachandpur and other districts of the State.
It also sought attention of all the NGOs, pressure groups and individuals towards the harsh situation being endured by some section of people in the State.
Super Speciality Depts on RIMS’ menu
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Apr 12: Altoge-ther ten new super specia- lity departments will be opened in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Imphal within the current 11th five year plan period.
Speaking to reporters here today, RIMS Director L Fimate said that the upcoming super speciality depart- ments include Cardiology, Urology, Plastic Surgery and Neurology.
In addition to opening a nursing college and an upto date Out Patient Department (OPD), the annual intake capacity of MBBS course will also be increased to 150 from the existing 100. The existing hostels for RIMS students will also be upgraded, Dr Fimate said.
The proposed pro-gramme to upgrade and equip RIMS with latest health care facilities was approved by Union Health Minister Ambumani Rama-dos during a meeting of the RIMS’ Board of Directors held recently at New Delhi, conveyed Fimate who also attended the meeting.
He further stated that there will be no problem for land to modernise and enpand RIMS as the institute has already acquired 310 acres of land.
To make a spot assessment ahead of the development programme, a team of the Union Health Ministry headed by Additional Director General S Agarwal arrived at Imphal today.
A team of experienced doctors from top medical institutions like the AIIMS will be visiting the State to help set up super speciality departments and courses in RIMS on April 15, conveyed the RIMS Director.
He also sought cooperation from all the people to develop RIMS to the same level as AIIMS.
Once the super speciality departments are opened in RIMS, it will be big relief for the people of Manipur who have been spending huge amount of money in treating complicated diseases and ailments in well-equipped hospitals located outside the State, Dr Fimate exuded.
On the other hand, a memorandum submitted to the visiting Additional Director General (Health) by social worker Kambam Seityajit pointed out that seven ventilators of the ICU and the CT scan machine are out of order since a long time back.
Even as the RIMS has been brought under the Union Ministry of Health, there is no full-fledged Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery department till date.
Pointing out several loop-holes and drawbacks in the administration and functioning of RIMS, Seityajit asked as to why there are no official operation theatre days and separate wards for GI surgery till now.
He further sought attention of the Additional Di- rector General (Health) on exorbitant fees charged by private hospitals in Mani-pur whose daily charges range from Rs 350 to Rs 5,000. He asked whether there is no regulatory au-thority to control these exorbitant fees charged by private hospitals.
Mentioning two different cases in which two cancer patients reportedly went back home untreated from RIMS because they were poor, the memorandum sought immediate attention of authority concerned to streamline the administration and functioning of RIMS.