‘Govt trying to develop healthcare tourism’

The state government is planning to open up frontiers in healthcare sector to attract people from beyond the borders, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said.

He was speaking at the Lamp Lighting and Oath Taking Ceremony, 2017 of College of Nursing (B.Sc. Nursing 1st Year Batch), held at the Jubilee Hall of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here on Friday.
Addressing the congregation as chief guest, the Dy Chief Minister assured that all out efforts would be made to develop healthcare tourism in the state in order to attract people from South East (SE) and East Asian countries.

Remarking that healthcare expenses in Manipur are much lower than the expenses in the SE & East Asian countries, he said that a large number of people could be made to come to Manipur for treatment and added that this would boost the economic growth of the State.

Stating that the profession of nursing is a noble one, Joykumarpointed out that people in this profession should understand that they are the first line of help to the sick and needy people. Doctors alone cannot extend help to patients but the dedication, support and love shown by the nurses could do wonder in ensuring quick recovery of the patients, he added.

Joykumar further said that the lighting of the lamp symbolises hope to the people who are suffering and appealed to the nursing community to maintain ethics while discharging their duties.

Stressing the need to take care of the patients with warmth at all times, he reminded that the profession will exist as long as humankind exist.

He further appealed to the students to stop fretting about not getting jobs, and said that nursing is one of the highly demanded professions in the world.

Director(RIMS)Professor A Santa Singh,who presided over the function, informed that the institute is planning to offer MSc Nursing course from 2018 and added that efforts are underway for separation of budgets of the Nursing College and the Dental College of the institute.

He remarked that RIMS has been a centre of excellence in the healthcare sector and is also considered to be the most patient friendly hospitals in Manipur.

Speaking about the various developmental works being taken up at RIMS, the director highlighted about the introduction of digital token system at OPD to solve the problem of standing in long queues for hours. If the patients provide their mobile number while taking tokens, they will be informed of their turn via message. A separate color paper queue system for senior citizen counters will also be introduced soon, he said.

Controller of Examinations (MU) Prof N Ibotombi Singh; College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi Principal Dr Manju Vasta and College of Nursing, RIMS Principal Prof H Jamuna Devi, who attended as guests of honour, also spoke on the importance of maintaining ethics and the role to be played by the nursing community.

As part of the function, the deputy chief minister and dignitaries presented awards to the outstanding nursing students.A discussion on 'Continuing Nursing Education, 2017' was also held on the topic 'Nursing as a career', where experts from AIIMS deliberated on various issues relating to nursing.

On the other hand, a Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) programme on the topic “Nursing as a Career’ was also held in the morning session, wherein Dr Meltilda Robin and Dr Manju Vatsa from the College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi presented papers.

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